Comedy King Dolphy was a PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) fan.
Former PBA play-by-play announcer Ed Picson discovered that when he was a semi-regular on the iconic TV sitcom John en Marsha in the 80’s.
In an article on Spin.ph, the current Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines executive director tells us how the old television set found in the living room of John Puruntong’s house was actually tuned in to PBA games when the cameras were not rolling.
When the scenes were about to be shot while the games were going on, Dolphy would beg the director to let him finish the quarter first or the game itself.
“Madalas, lalapit sa kanya ang director at sasabihin take na tayo.”
“Pero si Mang Dolphy madalas makikiusap, sasabihin tapusin na muna ang isang quarter o di kaya yung game.”
“Minsan naman, magbabasa na kami ng lines. Pero makikita mo si Mang Dolphy, hindi masyadong nakikinig kasi ang focus niya, sa pinapanood na game.”
Playing the role of Dolphy’s vice-chairman, Ed said his character would frequently get into trouble and Mang John was supposed to hit him on the head with a folded newspaper or a slipper.
But Dolphy would stop short each time and just hit him gently on the arm. Ed asked him off-cam: “Bakit hindi niyo itinutuloy, Mang Dolphs?”
“Baka may makakita na mga PBA fans na kilala kang kagalang-galang sa basketball coverage, naka-Amerikana ka pa doon at nag-Iingles, tapos, babatuk-batukan lang kita? Hindi yata maganda,” was Dolphy’s response.
Dolphy died on July 10.
On his Twitter account @Edcaster, as a response to Boyet Sison, posted: “My role was quite forgettable. But the experience and getting to know Mang Dolphy was priceless.”
Incidentally, two PBA legends also had the once in a lifetime opportunity of working with Dolphy.
Atoy Co played the role of Boy Ponga on the 1994 movie Abrakadabra while Ricky Brown was featured in the 1987 Manila Film Festival entry Action Is Missing: Crack Platoon.
In an interview with Spin.ph, PBA 1979 Most Valuable Player Atoy Co said he was star-struck when he first met the Comedy King whom he looked up to as a child.