In the mid-90s, a six-month-old baby debuted in the Pinoy hip-hop/rock scene if only through a feature in an album cover of his dad. He is Elmo Moses Arroyo Magalona, son of the late Master Rapper. Five years later, he reappeared in the second installment of his father's album, Freeman.
"Ever since he was a little child, you could really see that he is a performer," Saab, one of his siblings, shared in a video. His mother and manager, Pia, can't help but be proud of his son who's willing to try anything and can do anything—singing, acting, rapping, and dancing. He once appeared as a young drummer in Kjwan's music video, "One Look".
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"Na-realize ko na kaya ko rin kumanta at sumayaw nung pinapanood ko 'yung live shows ni Papa," the young Magalona said. Unfortunately, it was only in 2010, a year after Francis M.'s death, when Elmo became a regular face on television—a milestone that his father missed. "Gusto ko lang sabihin kay Papa na I'm following my dreams and I hope that he supports me also and I hope na he's proud of what I've done."
He received back-to-back recognitions from the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Awards in 2011 and 2010 for Most Promising Loveteam (wth Julie Anne San Jose) and Promising Male Performer, respectively. His other recognitions include Best Teen Performer (Aliw Awards, 2011), Favorite Guest Appearance in a Music Video (Myx Music Awards, 2013), and nomination for Favorite Media Soundtrack (Myx Music Awards, 2014).