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An artwork international comic book artist Whilce Portacio did for the comic book fan Francis Magalona

An artwork international comic book artist Whilce Portacio did for the comic book fan Francis Magalona

Scanning Plurk this morning I came upon news (because I rarely read the paper and have no time for television) that rapper, TV host and Pinoy pop culture icon Francis Magalona has been diagnosed with leukemia and is now confined for treatment in a yet to be disclosed hospital. This I believe is only proper as he and his family have never been known to actually crack open their privacy for the public to prey on and I do believe that fighting such an illness and the following recovery would only be effective when kept in silence and with only the people you’re closest to. But that shouldn’t stop people from supporting and praying for him during this battle.

Currently still undergoing a series of tests, his wife apparently shared with the Inquirer that Francis M started having symptoms of the illness this March and that it didn’t really manifest the extent of his condition right away. Also, according to the rapper himself, “What I’d rather talk about is how to we can solicit blood donations to replace the supply that I have consumed in the hospital.”

We only hope for the best for Francis M. So blood donations of any blood type and platelet are welcome if not encouraged, though of course would undergo necessary lab tests because of medical requirements (read: no existing blood-hinged diseases and allergies among others). Interested donors may drop by The Medical City in Ortigas Ave, Pasig City (a stonethrow away from the Meralco Compound). Perhaps we can also post prayers and well wishes on his personal blog at


Got an e-mail from Budjette throug the Alamat mailing list about an article from the online edition of the Inquirer Sunday Magazine. Here’s a repost.

The Next Comic Book Guy: Heubert Khan Michael

Heubert Khan Michael from

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 07:30:00 08/03/2008

MANILA, Philippines – This is not a good time to be a comic book artist—it’s a spectacular time. And soon, it will be 29-year-old artist Heubert Khan Michael’s time.

The mild-mannered guidance counselor at Colegio San Agustin changes into a penciller with intricate details, dynamic lines and a definite superheroic feel. Weaned on Super Mario Bros. of the Family Computer and Voltron on TV, Michael started on his art early.

“My first sketchpad was the apartment wall,” he says. “I sold sketches to my classmates back in kindergarten.” After his parents bought him an issue of the Superman-starring “Action Comics,” he was hooked. He won third prize in last year’s Fully Booked Graphic/Fiction Awards and released his self-published comic book “Unstoppable” at last year’s Komikon.

“I think people started to really notice my work after my indie came out.” That, plus an impressive deviantart page ( caught the attention of international publishers; he just had a pinup published in the Image Comics title “Dynamo 5” and is currently breathlessly working on a dream tryout for (gasp) Marvel Comics. Like his favorite character Batman (he owns a replica Utility Belt), Michael works best at night, and then gets ready for his day job. He knows his fantastic voyage could just be starting, and dreams of a lasting career in mainstream international comics. “I sometimes even daydream of seeing my creation turned into a TV series by a local giant network,” he says.

This is an artist ready for his turn in the spotlight. Meanwhile, he has other big projects to busy himself with, like his forthcoming nuptials with fiancée Kristine. But Michael knows that he and his artistic Filipino brethren may just now be, well, unstoppable. “There’ll be a Pinoy Invasion,” he predicts. “And it has begun.” RSDV