Saturday, July 14, 2012

Eric Quizon accepts apology of Annabelle Rama

MANILA, Philippines – Dolphy's son Eric Quizon on Saturday said he wishes the commotion involving talent manager Annabelle Rama hadn't happened at his father's wake.
But if his father were still alive, Eric said the comedy king would have shrugged off the incident.
"If my dad were alive, [sasabihin niya,] 'Si Tita Annabelle talaga, o,' ganu’n lang sasabihin niya," Eric told members of the media at the Heritage Park, where Dolphy's wake is being held until Sunday.
On Friday night, the feisty talent manager was caught on camera trying to hit Alcid with a walking stick.
The incident, which Rama claims was planned by Alcid and his companions, took place at a dining hall some distance away from the chapel, where the wake was being held.
"How I wish na hindi nangyari, hindi nangyari dito," Eric said, "although hindi naman talaga nangyari siya sa loob ng funeral home. Doon sa may dining area. [Pero] wala tayong magagawa. Siguro ganyang lang talaga ang buhay natin sa industriyang ito."
Eric clarified that Rama has nonetheless apologized and that his family has accepted the talent manager's apology.
Pero si Tita Annabelle naman, she personally apologized to me at nag-text siya sa akin. Sabi niya, 'Pasensya ka na Eric ah, 'di ko lang na-contain 'yung sarili ko, kaya nagawa ko 'yun. Sana mapatawad niyo ako.'
"Sabi ko, 'Tita Annabelle, naiintindihan namin, sana hindi nangyari, pero naiintindihan ka namin, pinapatawad ka na namin,'" Eric said.

Chito Alcid on incident with Annabelle Rama

Bahagyang nagkagulo noong biernes, July 13, sa lamay ng Comedy King na si Dolphy sa Heritage Park, Taguig City.
Ito ay matapos umanong awayin ni Annabelle Rama ang entertainment columnist at showbiz personality na si Chito Alcid sa isang kuwartong puno ng malalaking artista.
Ayon mismo kay Chito at sa ibang witnesses, hinabol-habol ni Annabelle si Chito habang may hawak itong iba’t ibang pamalo at panusok.
Ang eksena ay nakunan ng ABS-CBN News. Sa isang maikling video na ipinalabas kagabi rin sa late-night news program nitong Bandila, ipinakita ang ambang pagpalo ni Annabelle sa isa umanong di makilalang manunulat.
Ipinakita rin kung paano awatin ni German “Kuya Germs” Moreno si Annabelle sa pamamalo, at kung paanong itinaboy ng ilang katao mula sa silid ang cameraman ng ABS-CBN.
Nangyari ang insidente bago mag-diyes ng gabi sa isang kuwarto sa Heritage Memorial Park, kung saan nagtipon-tipon ang mga dating artista ng Sampaguita Pictures. Ang pagtitipon ay bilang pag-alala kay Dolphy, na matagal nilang kasamahan sa Sampaguita.
Nang mga oras na iyon ay pinaglalamayan si Dolphy sa kalapit kuwarto.
Matapos ang insidente ay nagmamadaling umalis si Annabelle sa lugar. Mukhang balisa ito habang naglalakad palabas ng lobby ng building.
Pinoprotektahan siya ng isang bodyguard sa pamamagitan ng pagtatakip sa kanya ng jacket, malamang ay para di siya makuhanan ng litrato.
Halos isang oras matapos umalis si Annabelle ay saka lamang lumabas sa lobby si Chito. Nagbigay ito ng panayam sa media, kung saan makikitang galit na galit ito.
Mabilis ang kanyang delivery ng halos tatlong-minutong rant, o walang patlang na pahayag.
Matatandaang kinasuhan ni Annabelle si Chito ng libel noong nakaraang buwan dahil umano sa paninira nito sa kanya.
Kinasuhan din sa parehong libel charge sina Nadia Montenegro at Amalia Fuentes, na sa ngayon ay mga kaaway din ng talent manager.

Annabelle Rama apologizes to Dolphy's family


MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) - Controversial talent manager Annabelle Rama has apologized to the Quizon family for the commotion that happened during the wake of comedy king Dolphy.
In her Twitter account, Rama addressed her apology to Dolphy's longtime partner, singer-actress Zsa Zsa Padilla and the comedian's family.
“To Zsa Zsa and the Quizon family, I am so sorry for what had happened at the dining area of the Heritage," Rama said.
She also thanked one of Dolphy's sons, actor-director Eric Quizon, for accepting her apology.
"Maraming, maraming salamat kay Eric na tinanggap 'yung apology ko. Maraming salamat sa Quizon family, kay Zsa Zsa. Zsa Zsa, I'm so sorry, hindi 'to pinaplano, hindi 'to sinasadya," Rama said.
Provoked?
Rama added that the incident erupted after she was "provoked" by entertainment reporter Chito Alcid.
"I was provoked by a fake reporter," she alleged.
Rama claimed that she was followed to the supposed VIP area by Fuentes' group. Taking notice of this, the talent manager said she already knew the former actress had planned on instigating a fight.
"Talagang planado nila, planado talaga ako ni Amalia na iskandaluhin ako para matakpan ang kanyang mga payong issue, I'm sure. Bakit kami nasundan doon sa pinakalikod na kainan na napakalayo doon sa burol? Talagang hinahanap nila ako," Rama said.
In an interview with dzMM on Saturday, Rama clarified that the incident did not happen in the chapel where Dolphy’s casket lies.
“Hindi nangyari ito sa burol ni pareng Dolphy. Nangyari ito sa likod—dining—sa likod ng burol. Kaya malayo ako doon sa wake,” she explained.
Rama believes the incident was planned by her foes, former actresses Amalia Fuentes and Daisy Romualdez, to make her look bad in the eyes of the public.
'Attack dog'
“Hindi ako ang nag-umpisa ng gulo at hindi ako nangaaway ng reporter kasi for me, hindi naman reporter ‘yun eh kasi hindi ko naman siya kilala talaga. Ano siya, pakawala siya nila Amalia saka ni Daisy. Kasama ni Amalia ‘yun,” Rama said in the dzMM interview.
“Kung tawagin ‘yan, dong, ‘dog attack’, ‘yun ang pang-attack ni Amalia”.
Rama said she got a text message warning her that the group would be at the wake.
“May nag-text sa akin. Mag-ingat daw ako darating daw si Amalia kasama 'yung taga-attack sa akin, si Chito nga. Ako naman, nagpunta ako sa burol para magdasal. Hindi ko inaasahang pupunta sila,” she said.
The incident, she said, happened while she was waiting for her turn to use the comfort room.
“Sinundan nya ako sa C.R e. Ang unang pumunta si Daisy. Nakita nya ako, naghihintay kasi nakapila, umatras si Daisy di na siya tumuloy. Tapos kitang-kita ko pag upo ni Daisy sa upuan niya sa lamesa, tumayo ang Chito, tumuloy sa akin, nakita ko bunganga niya parang he said something like P*** sa akin. Kaya ko siya hinampas. Unang-una bakit siya pumunta ng CR e nandoon ako sa CR. Tapos sasabihin sa akin P*** ako. Sino ba ang hindi magagalit sa ganun?” she said.
A video footage showed Rama charging towards Alcid with a walking stick. German Moreno was seen trying to pacify her.
“Hinampas ko talaga siya. Unang-una Kleenex doon sa may CR. Tapos tumakbo siya ngayon sabi niya ‘Hayop ka!’ Sabi niya sa akin,” she said.
“Tapos marami siyang sinasabi lalo ko siyang sinugod. Nakakita ako ng baston, hindi ko alam kung sino may ari nu’n, talagang hinawakan ko. Sinusugod ko talaga siya kasi kabastusan ‘yun. Walang respeto,” she said.
Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson was one of those who helped stopped the two.
"Biglang nagkagulo, naghabulan. Inawat ko na lang baka magkasakitan," Singson said.
He said Rama was able to get hold of a walking stick and tried to hit Alcid with it.
"May nahagilap na baston. Pinakiusapan ko na lang sina Eddie na umuwi na lang dahil nakakahiya, burol ‘yun. Nakinig naman so umalis na," Singson said.
Prior to her apology, Rama, known for her sharp tongue, ranted about the incident in her Twitter account.
"Nakita ko ‘yung b****** duwag, fake na reporter sa dining. Sinundan niya ako sa CR at hinarap niya ako, akala ng g*** na ‘yan na natatakot ako sa kanya," she said.
She also explained why she went after the reporter.
"Kaya ko siya hinampas ang yabang kase dahil marami siyang kasama. Duwag matapang ka lang sa facebook at twitter."
She maintained that she didn’t plan to create a scene at Dolphy’s wake.
“Wala akong planong mang-gulo. Wala akong planong mang iskandalo. Ako’y nagpunta para magdasal,” she said.
Rama, however, said she doesn’t care even if Alcid files several cases against her.
“Magsampa ka ng kaso, Chito, maski pa 10 kaso. Hindi ako natatakot sa inyo,” she said. -- With a report from dzMM

Annabelle Rama creates a fight scene at Dolphy's wake


"Nasira ang gabi ko."
Ito ang tweet ni Annabelle Rama pagkatapos kumalat ang balitang "nagkagulo" sa lamay ni Dolphy dahil inaway niya ang entertainment writer na si Chito Alcid.
Matatandaang kasama si Alcid sa libel complaint na inihain ng Gutierrez matriarch at talent manager laban kina Amalia Fuentes at Nadia Montenegro sa Cebu, noong ika-28 ng Hunyo.
Ayon sa ilang saksi na nakausap, nangyari daw ang gulo sa dining area, kung saan nagkita-kita ang mga bisita ng Sampaguita Pictures.
Sa kuwento ni Annabelle sa Twitter account niyang @annabellerama2, "Sinundan nya ako sa cr at hinarap nya ako..."
Ang sumunod na pangyayari ay "hinampas" daw ng kontrobersiyal na talent manager ang reporter.
Kuwento pa ni Annabelle (published as is): "Hndi ka man lang kinampihan habang natumba ka sa sahig." natumba pala ung kalaban. haha"
Chito Alcid
Ang matinding emosyon ni Annabelle ay dulot daw ng pagtira sa kanya sa panulat ni Alcid at sa pagdawit sa kanyang mga anak.
Heto ang magkasunod na tweets ni Annabelle:
"Ito ang tandaan mong h*yop ka, wag mong pakialaman ang mga anak ko dahil wala silang kasalanan sa iyo."
"Pati ako tinitira mo"
May mga nakapagsabi pa... na nagkaroon pa raw ng habulan sa loob ng dining area, kung saan inawat umano si Annabelle nina German Moreno at Chavit Singson.
Pagkatapos ng eksena, dali-daling umalis si Annabelle sa Heritage Park na nakatalukbong, kasama ang isang bodyguard.
Pagkatapos kumalat ang balita, humingi ng tawad si Annabelle sa pamilya ni Dolphy.
Narito ang kanyang tweet limang oras na ang nakakaraan: "To Zsa Zsa and the Quizon family, I am so sorry for what had happened at the dining area of the Heritage. I was provoked by a fake reporter"

Annabelle Rama Attacks Chito Alcid at Dolphy's wake (Video)

Talent manager Annabelle Rama is involved in another controversy after she tried to hit entertainment reporter Chito  Alcid at the wake of comedy king Dolphy in Taguig City on Friday.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Dolphy's burial won't be public, the family wants a private burial rites


MANILA, Philippines—Only close family members, friends and media representatives will be allowed to attend the private burial rites of comedy king Rodolfo “Dolphy” Quizon Sr.  Sunday at 3 p.m., at Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig City.
“I hope his supporters will understand that we just want to spend our last moments with him in private,” Dolphy’s son Eric Quizon said, adding that the family has agreed to extend public viewing hours on Saturday, to accommodate more people who want to pay their last respects to the comedian.  The chapel will be open to the public from
6 a.m. to 6 p.m., the actor-director said.
Quizon said the media will also be allowed to cover the ceremony. “We will set up viewing areas for the press. We don’t want cameramen hovering around us during the whole proceeding. We want the ceremony to be solemn,” he stressed.
All-white affair
All of Dolphy’s 18 children and his loved ones were told to wear white, his father’s favorite color, Quizon said.
Details about the burial rites and the wording on the niche were still being finalized. Quizon said a necrological service would be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
“We might include the ceremonial release of white balloons during the proceeding,” he said. “As much as possible, we want to keep everything a surprise.”
The comedian, who died on Tuesday, will be interred in a niche made of jetblack granite that measures 2.5 meters long and 1.5 meters tall, according to a TV report.   Construction of the niche began last week at a cost of P380,000.  The niche stands on a 39-sq m lot that reportedly costs P3 million.
Yesterday, a luncheon at Heritage Park was organized by the Professional Artists Management Inc., or Pami, while last night’s necrological service was hosted by Sampaguita Pictures, Dolphy’s mother studio in the 1950s, as well as by the cast of “John en Marsha,” the hit sitcom that ran for 17 years.
Nat’l Day of Remembrance
President Aquino on Thursday declared July 13 as a National Day of Remembrance in honor of Dolphy, an honor that, Quizon said, the President did not mention to the family when he paid them a visit Thursday night.
“We only found out about it from members of the media who interviewed us after he left,” he said.
Recalled Quizon of that visit:  “After (President Aquino) extended his condolences, he told me, ‘It’s only you, Eric, that I know in your family.’ This is because his sister Kris is my friend. I sometimes join them during dinners,” he said.
The President also shook hands with his other siblings, Quizon said. “At one point he turned around and then I said,  ‘President, mayroon pa po. Marami po kami.  (There are more of us. We are quite numerous.)’  He said sorry, then proceeded to shake hands with the rest of the family members.”
Aquino also spoke with Dolphy’s longtime partner, singer Zsa Zsa Padilla, before asking to be excused, Quizon said. “I think it was then that he made the announcement,” he added.
Resthouse in Bulacan
In Balagtas, Bulacan province, the Philippine flag was raised at half-staff at the town hall on Friday to honor the late comedian.  Bulacan officials on Thursday passed an ordinance that posthumously recognized Dolphy as the adopted son of Bulacan.
Sponsored by Vice Governor Daniel Fernando, also an actor, the ordinance recognized Dolphy’s contributions to show business and to society.
The clan of Dolphy’s mother, Salud, hails from Barangay Wawa, while one of his sons, Rodolfo Quizon Jr., lives in the comedy king’s resthouse in Sitio Barmat in that village. Dolphy also has relatives living in Malolos City and Pandi town.
Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado, Fernando and the other officials handed the plaque of recognition to Dolphy’s children at Heritage Park on Thursday.
Dolphy was a recipient of the Gawad Dangal ng Lipi given by the province on Sept. 15, 1995.
The award is the highest recognition that the local government gives to a native of Bulacan. Among the recipients of this award are the late President Corazon Aquino and National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario.
National Artist award
Apparently heeding public clamor, President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday said he favored the conferment of the National Artist award on Dolphy.
Dolphy’s son, actor Vandolph Quizon described it as a noble idea, but said it would have been better had the comedian received the award when he was still alive.
“This has been the subject of many news stories. It was even a trending topic on Twitter for many days, pero napulitika yata (but politics came in). They’re planning to give it to Papa now that he’s already gone.”
“We, his children, would gladly accept it, but it would have been so much better if it was given at a time when Papa was still around to personally accept it,” he pointed out.
According to Vandolph, Dolphy’s only son with actress Alma Moreno, he has yet to come to terms with his father’s passing. “We really thought Papa would be able to get over this illness. His doctors kept saying, ‘Your father is strong. He keeps fighting,’” he said. “His death hasn’t fully sunk in yet. My last moments with him at the ICU (intensive care unit) kept flashing in my mind. It was a unique experience to watch as his blood pressure dropped and his heartbeat slowed down. He fought until the end.”
More solid family
Added Vandolph: “I grew up very close to him. A big part of me is now gone. One good thing that resulted from this tragedy was that my siblings and I grew closer. We’re now more solid (as a family).”
Vandolph said that his mother, Moreno, who was Dolphy’s partner for eight years, was also having a hard time coping with the comedian’s death. “She just arrived from Mindanao. I’m worried that she would break down,” he said.
Sporting a tattoo of a praying Dolphy on his right forearm, Vandolph described his father as a religious man. “He would go to Baclaran church every Wednesday. His house in Parañaque has so many religious icons that it sometimes gives me goosebumps looking at them.”
TV5 chair Manny Pangilinan, in his eulogy, emphasized the importance to TV5 of Dolphy’s decision to join the network.
Pangilinan recounted: “Three years ago, we welcomed Mang Dolphy as a kapatid (brother). But the truth is quite the opposite—he welcomed us.”

President Aquino visited Dolphy's wake


MANILA, Philippines—President Benigno Aquino III arrived at the Heritage Park in Taguig City Thursday afternoon to pay his respects to the late Comedy King Rodolfo “Dolphy” Quizon.
Wearing a white barong, Aquino arrived at Dolphy’s wake around 5:30 p.m.
Upon arrival, the President used a back entrance and walked past the reporters without giving a word.
While inside, Aquino talked to Quizon’s partner Zsa Zsa Padilla, and left just after around 15 minutes.
The President earlier is considering declaring a national day of mourning for Dolphy.
Abigail Valte, a spokesperson of Aquino, said Thursday that the President was now looking at pertinent documents concerning the possible declaration of a day of mourning for the entertainment icon.
“It’s being considered, it’s being studied. The necessary documents for the proposal are already with the President,” Valte told reporters.
Valte reminded reporters that traditionally, a national day of mourning is declared on the day of the burial of the person concerned.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Amy Perez is pregnant at age 40

MANILA, Philippines – Television host and former actress Amy Perez recently announced that she is three months pregnant.
Perez, who is 40 years old, said she is more cautious with her third pregnancy, as she expressed concerns over bearing a baby at her age.
"Nagkaroon kami ng paguusap ng doctor, kasi ‘pag ganitong 21 [joke] and above na, medyo hirap na tayo sa katawan natin, so medyo kailangan mas maingat," Perez told entertainment talk show "Paparazzi."
Perez is in a relationship with news reporter Carlo Castillo, with whom she has a 3-year-old baby.
The former "Magandang Tanghali Bayan" host also has a child with her former husband Brix Ferraris, named Adi.
"Actually very happy si Adi (about the pregnancy). Siya pa nga nag-break ng news sa family, naiiyak-iyak siya, excited siya. Syempre 'yung 3-and-a-half naming bunso, pinapaliwanagan namin ni Carlo na 'di na siya bunso, magiging kuya na siya," Perez shared.
Although she currently lives with Castillo, Perez's marriage with Ferraris has yet to be annulled.
"For the past six years na naging kami ni Carlo, 'yun lang naman din ang hinihiniling namin," Perez said, referring to the annulment. "Once and for all, maayos na lahat ng legalities."
"Ano ka na rin 'yun, way of saying thanks to Carlo's family for accepting me and Adi and loving us," she added.
As Perez attends to her pregnancy, she will be on temporary leave from her talk show duties.

Dolphy's remains to be brought to ABS-CBN


MANILA, Philippines - Dolphy's remains will be brought to ABS-CBN in Quezon City to allow his close friends and colleagues in the entertainment and media industry to pay their last respects to the late king of Philippine comedy, Vice President Jejomar Binay said early Wednesday.
Binay told radio dzMM that the schedule for the transfer of Dolphy's remains, as well as his internment, will be determined at a later time.
Binay is a godfather of Dolphy's son, Vandolph.
The late comedian's body is currently at the Heritage Park in Taguig.
Dolphy made his big breakthrough on Philippine TV in 1963 when he and fellow comedian Panchito were cast on the ABS-CBN show “Buhay Artista,” which was conceptualized by ABS-CBN patriarch Eugenio Lopez Jr. and renowned TV director Ading Fernando.
He later became a household name on multi-awarded sitcom “John en Marsha," before returning to ABS-CBN in 1991 wherein he made a major comeback with sitcom “Home Along Da Riles.”
ABS-CBN, in a statement Tuesday night, said Dolphy "remains the symbol of every Juan de la Cruz who loves his children and can make light of life's trials."
The Philippines' largest multimedia conglomerate said the comedian became a close friend of ABS-CBN chairman emeritus Eugenio Lopez Jr.
"He would later on become a Kapamilya for more than 40 years," ABS-CBN said.
"Today, everyone at ABS-CBN joins his family and the whole nation in remembering his great life and career. Most of his works were huge box office successes, many were award-winning and all are now immortal in the hearts of Filipinos," the network added.
"We will miss 'Tito Dolphy,' an idol, a friend, and already a legend even while he lived," the ABS-CBN statement said.

Zsa Zsa Padilla's last words to Dolphy


MANILA, Philippines - A grandson of King of Comedy Dolphy revealed the final words of singer Zsa Zsa Padilla to her beloved while his body was being prepared. 
Ruel Quizon said Padilla was present when the funeral home prepared the comedian's body for public viewing.
"Kanina noong inaayusan si Lolo, kinakausap-usap niya parang 'Lovey ang pogi pogi mo' tapos luluha siya," he said in an interview on ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda.
Quizon said Dolphy's children including Sally and youngest son Vandolph are still emotional over the death of the King of Comedy.
"Iba iba kami ng nararamdaman kasi ang iba sobrang pagod na din kaya nag-relax na. Pero ang iba sobrang emotional pa din. Sila Tita Sally, si Vandolph," Quizon said.
He said that a mass will be offered for the soul of Dolphy Wednesday morning  at Heritage Park.
He extended his appreciation to all Filipinos who prayed for the King of Comedy.
"Maraming maraming salamat sa inyong lahat sa pagdarasal niyo sa kanya nadugtungan pa ang buhay niya nitong nakaraan, humaba pa. Mahal na mahal niya kayo kung alam niyo lang, kung makakapagsalita lang siya," Quizon said.
Born Rodolfo Vera Quizon, Dolphy was widely regarded as the country's "King of Comedy" in a career that spanned seven decades playing colourful comedic roles, from a cross-dressing homosexual to a poor jack of all trades.
He made millions laugh even during the Philippines' darkest moments, including the brutal 20-year rule of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, which ended in 1986.
Dolphy became a household name on "Buhay Artista" produced by ABS-CBN in the 1960s, on "John en Marsha" in the 1970s, and his major comeback sitcom "Home Along Da Riles" that marked his return to ABS-CBN in the 1990s.
ABS-CBN, in a statement, said Dolphy is "the symbol of every Juan de la Cruz who loves his children and can make light of life's trials."

Sen. Chiz Escudero and actress Heart Evangelista meet again in Greenbelt


MANILA, Philippines -- After confirming that he had "meetings" with actress Heart Evangelista, senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero was cornered again by Kris Aquino on a recent report that he was spotted again with Evangelista in Greenbelt, Makati.
Escudero first explained that he was in Greenbelt to buy new clothes as he is co-hosting Aquino's morning show "KrisTV."
He then admitted that he also had a "meeting" with Evangelista.
"Meeting pa din... mahahaba talaga ang meetings ko, mga ilang araw, ilang buwan, ilang linggo bago matapos ang meeting," Escudero said.
Last week, Esudero said he and Evangelista have gone out twice but refused to call it a date but a "meeting."
"I wish (we are dating) pero 'no.' (But) yes, we saw each other twice," he told Kris Aquino on the morning show "KrisTV" on Monday July 2).
"Kapag 27 years old ka siguro 'yun ang tawag doon going out on a date. Pero kung 42 years old ka ang tawag doon ay meeting, nag-meeting lang kayo, " Escudero explained.
Escudero said he is not seeing anyone after his marriage with estranged wife, Christine Elizabeth "Tin Tin" Flores, was annulled.

President Aquino statement on Dolphy's death



Dolphy was a good man who embodied the common Filipino: he loved deeply, knew the value of humor, respected his fellowmen, and was always ready to face any challenge life threw at him. He came from a generation that went through a lot of trials—and the struggle taught him to be humble, honest, and helpful. He never turned his back on his peers; he never turned his back on the people who had propelled him toward success.
Throughout his life, Dolphy showed that hope and happiness always lie at the other side of adversity; he knew that any problem can be overcome through a positive outlook. He did not only revolutionize the entertainment industry; he also changed our national consciousness for the better: through his art, he extended our worldviews, and gave us the ability to reflect on, value, and find joy in the daily realities of Filipino life.
I, along with my family and the rest of our administration, join the Quizon family in mourning. The passing of Rodolfo Quizon Sr.—our King of Comedy—is a truly sorrowful moment for a nation that, for so long, found happiness in his work.

Liz Alindogan: Dolphy's contribution to entertainment will never be forgotten



MANILA, Philippines—Actress Liz Alindogan on Tuesday night said Dolphy’s contributions to the entertainment industry would never be forgotten.
“This is a sad day because of the passing of the King of Comedy. He will never be forgotten for his contributions to the entertainment industry,” Alindogan said.
Dolphy passed away 8:34 pm Tuesday night following a cardiac arrest.
Alindogan said she extended her deepest condolences to the family and urged the Filipino people to pray for Dolphy’s soul.
She said she considered Dolphy as a father figure and that he should have been awarded the National Artist award long before.
“He should’ve been given what was due to him,” she said

Dolphy died due to multiple organ failure according to Makati Medical Center


MANILA, Philippines— Rodolfo “Dolphy” Quizon died due to multiple organ failure, the Makati Medical Center, where the King of Comedy had been confined since June 9, announced.
“We would like to inform the public that Mr. Rodolfo “Dolphy” Quizon, passed away today, at 2034H (8:34 p.m.) due to multiple organ failure, secondary to complications brought about by severe pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and acute renal failure,” the hospital said in a statement.
“We join the entire Filipino Community in praying for the soul of Mr. Quizon and his dearly beloved family and friends,” it said.
“To the Quizon Family, we extend our deepest condolences.”

Dolphy pass away at age 83


MANILA, Philippines—Veteran actor-comedian Rodolfo “Dolphy” Quizon passed away Tuesday evening, his son Eric Quizon announced.
Dolphy died a few days before he would have celebrated his 84th birthday on July 25.
His remains now lie at the Heritage Park in Taguig City.
Dolphy was taken to the Makati Medical Center last June 9 due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and has been confined since then at the intensive care unit.
Dolphy’s children, grandchildren, and other relatives stayed with Dolphy until his very last.
Among his visitors were co-stars Maricel Soriano, Nova Villa, Ai-Ai delas Alas, Nora Aunor, Charo Santos, Edgar Mortiz, Bentong, Smokey Manaloto, LVN Star Mila del Sol, “John and Marsha” co-star Madel de Leon, as well as healing priest Fr. Sonny Ramirez, who offered prayers.
Son Eric Quizon said those who dropped by recently were comedian-TV host Vic Sotto, (producer) Antonio Tuviera, Senator Manuel Villar and (actress) Eula Valdes (who has a son with Ronnie Quizon).
Dolphy’s career in entertainment as a comedian—on stage, radio, television, and movies—lasted for more than six decades. He is survived by Padilla and his 18 children.
‘Humble, honest, and helpful’
President Benigno Aquino led the nation in paying tribute to Dolphy, calling him the embodiment of the “humble, honest, and helpful” Filipino, who made life easier for his friends and followers in the face of daunting challenges.
“He changed not just his industry, but also the national consciousness,” Aquino said in a statement.
“Through his art, he widened our outlook, he gave us the power to find and cherish happiness in our daily lives.”
‘King of Comedy’
Dolphy was widely regarded as the country’s “King of Comedy” in a career that spanned seven decades playing colorful comedic roles, from a cross-dressing homosexual to a poor jack of all trades.
His passing was announced by ABS-CBN television,  which aired his hit sitcom “Home Along Da Riles” in the 1990s about a poor widower struggling to raise his children in the slums.
ABS-CBN said Dolphy’s passing was confirmed by his partner Zsa Zsa Padilla, an actress also employed by the station, and other relatives.
Dolphy made millions laugh even during the Philippines’ darkest moments, including the brutal 20-year rule of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, which ended in 1986.
In the 1970s  sitcom “John and Marsha,” he played the poor husband to a rich wife, who poked fun at his loud-mouthed mother-in-law, giving comedic relief during Marcos’ martial law regime that left thousands dead and missing.
It was a slapstick brand of comedy that steered clear of politics or criticism of Marcos.
The show was so popular that it was revived in the form of at least eight movies over the last two decades, introducing younger generations to Filipino humor.
Bob Hope of the Philippines
Movie critics branded Dolphy the Bob Hope of the Philippines, and his philanthropic work helping the poor and unemployed actors was also well known.
Politicians looking to exploit Dolphy’s mass appeal for years unsuccessfully tried to lure him into running for public office.
Social media tributes
News of Dolphy’s death sent shockwaves across social networking sites, with many of his fans and colleagues paying tribute to him.
“RIP Dolphy. Kevin Cosme really gave so much laughter to my childhood,” tweeted Andreo Calonzo, referring to one of Dolphy’s most memorable television characters.
Former president Joseph Estrada, an ex-movie action star and a long-time friend of Dolphy, said he joined millions in mourning for a “national artist.”
“His memory will live forever. He was the kindest, funniest, most helpful man I know,” Estrada told AFP.
“He made life bearable for the masses, and his roles sympathized with the plight of the millions of poor Filipinos.”
Movie industry icon
While he never married, Dolphy was a known ladies’ man who fathered at least 17 children with various women, some of whom also went on to enter the showbiz industry.
President Aquino rallied Filipinos while Dolphy was on his death bed, calling the actor a “revered icon of the Philippine movie industry”.
A heart bypass 15 years ago had left him perennially weak. 

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