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How Important is Michael Jackson to the World?

While it is true that life must go on for the world that is stricken by tremendous recession, it may not be easy for the family, followers, and fans of the phenomenal 'King of Pop.'

Michael Jackson, 50, faced his untimely death on June 25, 2009. For people who have lived ordinary lives, death is swift and details can be reported in no time. It was not true for Jackson who was even suspected to have had a shot of pain killer before going on coma.

Jackson can be remembered as the high-octave kid who did most solos in the Jackson 5 fever. One of my favorites is 'Ben,' a song whose highest note I have never reached in my entire videoke career. LOL! His  world 'Dangerous Tour' can never be forgotten by millions of fans. In Europe, concert goers even had tremendous experience called mass hysteria (a form of collective behavior) due to an amazing performance of the prince.

Some time in the late 80s, Michael Jackson visited the Philippines for a grand open air concert. His realization: never to come back! This is due to the fact that Filipino concert goers had a different way of appreciating from the rest of the world. While the millions of fans around the globe feel a nerve-breaking scenario, Filipinos stayed on their seats, clapped their hands and swayed a little in order to dance with Jackson's music. That's part of the culture. The sense of appreciation among many Pinoys doesn't characterize loudness.

Now that Michael Jackson is gone, will his music live with us or will it be buried with him? Will all the issues surrounding his very controversial life be erased quickly or will it be a talk of the generation?

Only one thing is clear: he has made a significant mark in the life of the world in his own time.

Farewell, Michael Jackson...and thank you for the music!