FERNANDEZ, Susan

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From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Fernandez

Susan Fernandez Magno (August 3, 1956 - July 2, 2009) was a Filipino singer, activist and academic. She was known for her protest music, especially at the height of the authoritarian regime of Ferdinand Marcos.

An alumna of the University of the Philippines, where she earned a degree in A.B. Sociology and Master of Arts in Philippine Studies, Susan Fernandez (later known as Susan Magno or Susan Fernandez Magno) first gained prominence as a performer during anti-Marcos rallies in the first half of the 1980s. She would come to be hailed as "the voice of a protest generation". She also became known for her rendition of the feminist anthem Babae Ako, which was released as a track in her 1990 album Habi at Himig.

For eleven years, Susan Fernandez Magno hosted the television variety program Concert at the Park. In the 1990s, Fernandez co-presented the children's show, Bulilit, alongside Bodjie Pascua. In 2008, Susan Fernandez Magno was featured, along with other Filipino celebrities such as Ely Buendia, Chris Tiu and Angel Locsin, in the Ako Mismo television advertising campaign.

Fernandez was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008. Despite her illness, she continued to teach at the Ateneo de Manila University and perform at nightly gigs. She died at Pasig City on July 2, 2009, aged 52. A friend of hers was performing her favorite song, Both Sides Now, at the moment of her death.

Mon Casiple remembers Susan Fernandez

(http://moncasiple.wordpress.com/personal-musings/under-deaths-shadow/)

I remember the days in UP Diliman in late ’70s when Susan’s melodious voice would soothe heated political debates. Yet hers was a voice of a principled activist who–as passionate as the lyrics of her songs–called for resistance to the Marcos dictatorship. I remember her voice best in the popular protest tapes of Ibong Malaya–whose songs became the anthem of the generation that carried out the sanguine anti-dictatorship struggles from 1984 right up to the People Power of 1986. It is but right that we now pay homage to Susan’s contributions to Philippine nationalism, democracy, and Filipino culture.

Her death leaves us her friends and comrades only our personal memories, but the memory of Susan will live forever in the heart of our people. Mabuhay ka, kasama!