Francis Magalona's battle against leukemia started on August, 2008. To be accurate, his disease is called acute myelogenous leukemia. It is a form of cancer which interferes with the production of red blood cells. According to Wikipedia, it is a treatable disease but only few survive.
It was only months ago when Magalona proudly displayed his clothing with very Filipino designs. Unlike other Filipino artists, Francis Magalona stayed true to his roots and earned respect even of the younger generation of Filipino music fans. New rappers nowadays are usually fighting each other but no one ever dared diss FrancisM.