Friday, June 26, 2009

Filipinos mourn death of 'Pop King' Michael Jackson

A newspaper editor, Jung Francisco, in Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines, gets updates Friday, June 26, 2009 on news of Michael Jackson’s death. The “King of Pop” died in Los Angeles after a massive heart attack Thursday. Local fans mourn Jackson’s death.
MANILA, Philippines - House Speaker Prospero Nograles on Friday joined the world in mourning the death of “King of Pop” Michael Jackson.

“Today, I join the world in mourning the passing of Michael Jackson who left behind a legacy that made this world a better place to live in. He was one of my Concert King idols who transcended race and color and united the world of music. His sudden death is indeed shocking and saddening,” said Nograles.

Nograles said Jackson’s legions of fans around the world will miss thepop icon and his music.

“We extend our love and sympathy to the family of Michael Jackson and join his fans and supporters in praying for his eternal repose. He will always be remembered for his contributions and legacy.”

Nograles said Filipinos had the privilege of watching the pop icon perform in Manila in 1996 which was part of Jackson’s History World Tour. “Filipinos are lucky enough to have a glimpse of him during his world tour.”

Nograles said the great admiration of Filipinos on Jackson have not ceased over the years and this became evident when 1,500 inmates of the Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Cebu danced to the tune of his song "Thriller," which became an instant hit on Youtube.

“We are grateful for the great music and exceptional performances Michael shared with us during his lifetime. These will always inspire us in the years to come,” said Nograles. (Gil Bugaoisan)

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