MANILA—Jazz singer Jacqui Magno, best remembered for her renditions and as part of The Circus Band, has passed away, her manager confirmed Friday. Magno was 65.
Magno passed away at a Quezon City hospital past 4 p.m. after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Anna Ylagan, her manager confirmed on Friday night.
Details of the wake were still being finalized soon yet Ylagan stated it would be “celebration of her life and music.”
Clad in colorful costumes and makeup, Magno shared the stage with Basil Valdez, Hajji Alejandro, Tillie Moreno, and Pat Castillo as The Circus Band, electrifying the local entertainment circuit in the 70s.
“Never in my wildest dreams” did Magno expect she would make a career out of singing, even as the first indications of her future as a jazz star came as early an elementary school, when she first became a glee club soloist.
As a freshman at Maryknoll College, Magno tried upon a guitar inside a smoking lounge, resulting in a spontaneous performance that earned her a spot in a school production.
A concert open to other schools and with that production was where Magno got scouted as a potential member of Genesis Band. She went on to join the group, along with Basil Valdez.
That opportunity was short-lived, however, as Magno fell in love and welcomed a child. Crossing paths again with Valdez after giving birth, Magno’s music career got a second wind, this time as part of The Circus Band.
Indeed, at the time, Magno had been focused on being a mother. Her lack of commitment, she stated, led to her getting kicked out of the band. For a time, Magno retreated from the limelight to put her family first, and even became a missionary.
Magno eventually found her way back to the stage, performing in a concert as recently as 2016, where she reprised her signature solo number “Bridges.”