Francis Magalona was finally laid to rest at 11:30 am on March 11 at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City. The remains of the singer-actor, who succumbed to complications from acute leukemia last Friday March 6, were cremated at the Funeraria Paz during the early hours of the day. Francis’s widow Pia Arroyo Magalona and their eight children—Unna, Nicolo, Francis Jr., Isabella, Elmo, Arkin, Clara, and actress Maxene Magalona—took part in the mass held at the Christ The King Church in Green Meadows where other family members and close friends paid their final tribute. Francis’s co-workers from his noontime show Tony Tuviera, Malou Choa-Fagar, Vic Sotto, Pia Guanio, Joey De Leon, Ruby Rodriguez, Pauleen Luna, and Ciara Sotto spoke about what they will miss most about the Master Rapper.
After the mass, Francis’s remains were moved to the Loyola Memorial Park where he was granted with full military honors and a Presidential Medal of Merit by the Armed Forces of the Philippines for his nationalism. Children Clara and Arkin recited a poem in memory of their dad. The family later set free white butterflies and balloons to symbolize their undying love.
Francis’s ashes had been placed in a metal urn, which was in turn placed inside a glass chamber. After being blessed with holy water, the urn was taken out as Pia and the children bid their final farewell. As his children Francis Jr. and Elmo raised the urn, people, mostly fans of the King of Pinoy Rap, honored Francis with a standing ovation for the rich musical legacy he left behind. Francis’s songs were played as the burial rites were conducted. Finally, his ashes were laid beside the graves of his parents, screen icons Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran.
But amidst the grieving, Pia spoke of the good things she loved about her better half. “He loves himself as a person, as a citizen of the country, and he just wanted na makagawa ng kabutihan para sa bayan. Sabi niya kapag minahal mo ang bayan mo everything will follow.” Maxene shared with the public the message of her father gave to their family. “Kung ano man ‘yung nangyari kay Papa may maidudulot na mabuti para sa aming pamilya. Lahat kami magkakatulungan in one love, and it starts with the family. Mas magiging mabuting Pilipino ka kapag kaya mong mahalin ang sarili mo at ang pamilya mo ng buong buo. Mamahalin mo rin ‘yung bansa mo at ang mga kababayan mo.”