He made us laugh for decades with his natural charm. We grew up watching him on TV and on movies. He was well-loved by his public. Rodolfo “Dolphy” Quizon died at the age of 83.
Dolphy was confined in the intensive care unit of Makati Medical Center due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) since June 9. Dolphy’s immune system became feeble, his platelet count dropped, and had potassium deficiency, hematoma and hemorrhaging. Caused of death was multiple organ failure with complications caused by severe pneumonia, COPD, and acute renal failure.
News about his death started spreading on Twitter. Una kong nakita sa Official Fan Page ni Toni Gonzaga. So I checked Twitter. Celebrities tweeted their sad tweets, I scanned for confirmation. So pinost ko sa Facebook nung nakita kong nag-tweet si Karen Davila. Tapos binawi ko yung post ko kasi litong-lito lahat sa Twitter.
I felt bad posting early about Mang Dolphy’s death. But posting about it after all has been confirmed on the news felt even worse. Ang bigat sa kalooban.
The Comedy King was loved by different generations. Our grandparents remembered him in his early career as one of the talents of Sampaguita Pictures alongside other veteran actors. Our parents were amazed by Dolphy’s humor in John en Marsha as John Puruntong. And we? If you’re a ’90s baby, for sure your funny bones were also tickled by Kevin Cosme.
What’s your fondest memory of Mang Dolphy? I grew up watching Home Along Da Riles. Hindi ako natutulog noon kapag Friday night hangga’t hindi yun natatapos. Tandang-tanda ko pa ang mga slapstick ng mga sunog-baga, ang cast, at ang mga paglingkis ni Azon (Nova Villa) kay Kevin Cosme.
More than that, Home Along the Riles was loved by the viewing public because of the family values instilled in every episode. Values reflected effectively by a cast of actors who treated each other like real family off screen. A ‘TV family’ led by a very endearing padre de pamilya, Kevin Cosme.
Minahal ng publiko si Mang Dolphy dahil sa ilang dekada nyang pagpapatawa sa telebisyon man o sa pelikula. Minahal sya ng tao dahil alam nya kung paano pahalagahan at ibalik ang pagmamahal na ito sa ating lahat.
Dolphy’s career lasted for six decades. What made him an icon of the Philippine show business can not be credited on his talent alone. It’s his kindness and humility that made him a pillar in the industry where he is king.
Director Jose Javier Reyes put it in a perfect tweet earlier: “If there was one thing Dolphy taught us in the business, it is not only his perfect sense of timing. It is the greatness in his HUMILITY.”
The local showbiz industry had lost another king. Another good man was taken away from the country where most of its people turn to good entertainment in times of crisis and despair. But the saddest fact is, a family mourns the death of a beloved uncle, brother, grandfather, partner in life, father.
Maraming, maraming salamat sa ilang dekada ng pagpapangiti sa aming lahat. Baunin mo ang aming pagmamahal.
Paalam, Mang Dolphy.