Dolphy’s remains were moved to Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig City, Thursday, July 12, where TV5—his network for the last three years—offered its tribute to “Mang Pidol” in a more intimate eulogy service.
The Mass began at around 9 p.m. and was attended not only by Kapatid stars but also by Kapuso and Kapamilya celebrities who didn’t make it to ABS-CBN’s tribute the day before.
Sharing their “Tito Dolphy” stories to family and friends present were Eddie Gutierrez, Kitchie Benedicto, Mother Lily Monteverde, Niño Muhlach, Long Mejia, German Moreno, Claudine Barretto, Willie Revillame, Sharon Cuneta, TV Chairman and CEO Manny V. Pangilinan, and some of Dolphy’s children.
Other celebrities present were couples Annabelle Rama and Eddie Gutierrez, Aga Muhlach and Charlene Gonzalez with their kids, Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid, Ryan Agoncillo (who hosted the eulogy) and Judy Ann Santos, Claudine Barretto and Raymart Santiago, and Billy Crawford and Nikki Gil.
Also present were Eddie Garcia, Lorna Tolentino, Amy Perez, Dennis Padilla, Michael V., Sarah Geronimo, Lucy Torres-Gomez, Ruffa Gutierrez and her kids Lorin and Venice; TV5's Alex Gonzaga, Eula Caballero, Ritz Azul, and Meg Imperial.
Here are excerpts from some of the eulogies for Dolphy last night at the Heritage Memorial Park:
EDDIE GUTIERREZ. Former Sampaguita Pictures matinee idol Eddie Gutierrez relates how he had the privilege to work with Dolphy in eight films.
He recounted their first meeting in 1958 when Eddie signed up with Sampaguita Pictures.
“He was the first one to greet me and talk to me and made me feel at home. He was a big star then, he just finished Jack 'N Jill, and he was very friendly to me.”
Two years after, they made a film together, Dobol Trobol, and this is how Eddie got to know Dolphy on a personal level.
Eddie said, “Napakasaya ko dahil nakasama ko si Dolphy at tinuruan ako ng mga timing sa comedy.
"At pagdating sa sayawan naman, alam naman natin na si Dolphy, number one.
“He’s not only a comedy king, he’s an actor, a dramatic actor. He is an action star dahil nagkaroon din kami ng routine sa pelikula.”
But Eddie's fondest memory of Dolphy was when they went to Japan for the Asian Film Festival, where Sampaguita’s first colored film in 1962, The Big Broadcast, won best choreography.
In the after-party, Dolphy was asked to display his dancing skills, and Eddie remembered how all the girls would swoon over the multi-talented man.