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Philippine Scene # 10 - Dolphy: The Death of the King of Comedy

Updated on July 11, 2012

Dolphy writes 30.

King of Comedy...July 10, 2012 is not the end but a new beginning of your life because God will be with you in paradise. (ace25nization)

The entire nation mourns for one of the legends in Philippine cinema.

Dolphy, Mang Pidol, John Puruntong, Facifica Falayfay...many moniker that sum up a humble man from reel to real life.

Rodolfo Vera Quizon of Tondo, Manila writes 30 on that day. He never reached his birthday, July 25 as his earthly body succumbed to the rigors of pneumonia.

Filipino fans prayed for his recovery but his longtime disease finally saturated his bodily system.

He's a lucky man that even in his death he is well-loved by his family (his offspring of several marriages) and his fans.

This hub will pay tribute to the man, who not only epitomized the life of an ordinary Filipino father who aimed for the impossible and shine in the end.

Handog (Dolphy for National Artist) Florante c/o eda91176

Photo Credit: WAGAS on Facebook
Photo Credit: WAGAS on Facebook

Dolphy: His Biography

July 25, 1928 was the day when Rodolfo Vera Quizon was born to his parents Melencio, a ship mechanic and Adorable.

The pre-war days brought young,dreamy dolphy to nearby theatre at Tondo, Manila where he dabbled his time shining shoes and selling local delicacies, peanuts, cvandies and cigarettes to moviegoers.

The American influence on the Philippine movies during that time encouraged the teenager Dolphy to try his luck in vaudeville acts, as a chorus dancer (being recruited by the dancer-choreographer Benny Mack and Bayani Casimiro).

The movie industry was still young and there were many raw talents awaiting to be tapped and be given recognition at the silver screen

Golay! That was his first stage name during the World War II as he performed during the Japanese invasion in the country.

His first movie appearance was in the film produced by Fernando Poe, Sr., Dugo at Bayan (I Remember Bataan) which paved the way to his longtime friendship with Philippine King of Action, Fernando Poe, Jr. along with former President Joseph Estrada.

It was Sampaguita Pictures that made him as a budding actor with the screen name of Rodolfo Quizon, his real name.

His comedy partner Panchito Alba brought him more popularity since their radio days in the early 40s.

And as the entertainment industry flourished, another window opened for Dolphy as he was casted by ABS-CBN Channel 2 in Buhay Artista (Actor's Life).

He essayed many roles, even gay roles (in Facifica Falayfay) which gave him numerous awards.

As he created his own RVQ Productions (coined from his initials), he discovered many talents and created jobs to many hopefuls in the movie industry.

In 1971, when this hubber was born, and so his longtime running comedy show, John en Marsha, popularizing a fad called puruntong (long shorts) dubbed after his role John Puruntong.

And the rest is history in his successful career, even reaching other parts of the world and brushed shoulder-to-shoulder with other actors in other countries.

Dolphy was never married but have several relationships and sired 17 children plus an adopted one.

On July 25, 2008, his 80th birthday, he launched his autobiographical book, Dolphy: Hindi Ko Ito Narating Mag-Isa (Dolphy, I Didn't Get Here All By Myself), commended by ABS-CBN President Charo Santos-Concio. Fellow artist Bibeth Orteza (wife of famous movie director Carlitos Siguion-Reyna) completed the book for almost six months.

The next three years were tumultuous as his health failed. He was publicly seen using a respirator and oxygen and only last month of June, he was rushed to Makati Medical Center due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or pneumonia.

As the tracheotomy aided to prolong his life, he stayed at the ICU (intensive care unit) of the hospital until his demise.

Dolphy writes his death, leaving us laughing and smiling with all his films, even though our hearts are mourning.

His legacy will never fade. Just like other artists whom we supported as our movie industry become part of our lives.

He'll always be in our memories.

Although, the National Artist Award was denied for him since 2009, he'll always be our King of Comedy.

Photo Credit: OFW Tambayan ORG @ Facebook
Photo Credit: OFW Tambayan ORG @ Facebook

Tribute to Dolphy Quizon, King of Comedy Died at 83, 1928-2012 (RIP) c/o nycgaycop


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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Arian Rey: It's true! Now that the wake is on going until next week (from July 11-18, 2012 or more), the family plans for the demise' birthday on July 25 also at Heritage Park in Taguig, Metro Manila.

      I'm sure fans and admirers are going to be there and celebrate in memory of Dolphy.

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      Arian Rey 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES)

      Dolphy is the actor of the masses. He connected with us all Filipinos. Thanks for the tribute. :(

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Ely Maverick: You're welcome. Much appreciated.

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      Ely Maverick 5 years ago from The Beautiful Archipelago of the Philippines

      Truly a king of his own. Thanks for the tribute.