“Isipin mo na kaya mong abutin ang iyong minimithi.”

Great Philippine Song Hits“Mga Kababayan” by Francis Magalona | Again, there are many Francis M. songs to choose from, but this was the one that got through the recommendations, perhaps solely because of the nationalism at hand. There are, of course, a lot of songs with such sentiments, and those songs manage to break through the charts despite how cheesy it can be. Be honest. This is cheesy, a bit cheesy. But then it also boils down to who delivers the message: Francis Magalona, a guy oozing with charisma and earnestness. He has always believed in the Filipino people; it’s been a theme of his music, and of his many other artistic ventures, throughout his sadly truncated career. His death in 2009 – he died of leukemia – was a blow not just to the music industry, who appreciated his cross-genre appeal, but also to the country as a whole. One of its biggest, loudest cheerleaders has been hushed. Temporarily, as it turns out. (Thanks to Jan for the recommendation.) [NB]

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