. The son of local matinee idol Pancho Magalona
and actress Tita Duran, Francis created his own mark in the
entertainment industry as a rapper-performer when he released his debut
album, Yo! back in 1990. The said record spawned the massive
nationalistic rap hit song "Mga Kababayan," which in effect introduced
Pinoy style rap music in the mainstream.
The ‘90s band explosion failed to deter Francis's popularity and
significance in the music scene as proven by the number of hit albums
and good singles he churned out since Yo! He even collaborated with
other artists and most of the time experimented with various sounds and
genres so as not to remain stale before the listening public.
Some of his memorable songs include "Mga Praning," "Meron Akong Ano,"
"Man From Manila," "Cold Summer Nights," "Bahay Yugyugan," "Ito ang
Gusto Ko," "Girl Be Mine," and "Kaleidoscope World."
Aside from singing and writing songs, Francis also plunged into
hosting. He served first as a VJ for both MTV Philippines and Channel V
before joining the country's longest running noontime show Eat Bulaga!
as one of the regulars.
Francis was also tapped as one of the judges, along with music maestro
Ryan Cayabyab and Pilita Corrales, of Philippine Idol's maiden season
in 2006 aired on ABC-5.
He also ventured into photography and music video directing, megging
videos for artists such as Sponge Cola, Join the Club, Gloc 9,
Shamrock, Join The Club, Pikaso, Death Threat, and Pupil.
Francis is married to Pia Arroyo and their union is blessed with eight
children: Unna, Nicolo, Francis Jr., Isabella, Elmo, Arkin, Clara and
young actress Maxene Magalona.