Susan Fernandez

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Susan Fernandez-Magno
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Susan Fernandez in 2007
Background information
Birth name Susan Fernandez
Born (1956-08-03)August 3, 1956
Died July 2, 2009(2009-07-02) (aged 52)
Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Genres Folk
Rock
OPM
Jazz
Occupations SingerSongwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1976–2009

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.

Biography[edit]

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.[1] She would come to be hailed as "the voice of a protest generation".[1] 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.[2] In the 1990s, Fernandez co-presented the children's show, Bulilit, alongside Bodjie Pascua.[1] 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.

Death[edit]

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.[3] 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.[3][4]

Educator[edit]

She taught at the Ateneo de Manila University, St. Scholastica's College and the University of the Philippines, where she earned her master's degree.[4][5]

Family[edit]

Susan Fernandez was married to Philippine Star columnist Alex Magno, with whom she had two sons, Kalayaan and Sandino Magno.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Howie Severino (2009-07-02). "Susan Magno, Voice of Protest, Passes Away". GMA News.TV. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  2. ^ "Susan Fernandez-Magno: The Nightingale of Philippine Progressive Political Movement". Ako Mismo. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  3. ^ a b c "Singer Susan Fernandez Dies". ABS-CBN News Online. 2009-07-02. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  4. ^ a b Benjamin Pimentel (2009-07-03). "Susan Fernandez, Our Nightingale". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  5. ^ "Susan Fernandez-Magno, 52". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 2009-07-03. Retrieved 2009-07-03.