Wearing an impeccable white suit and matching pants, Dolphylooked every inch the royal King of Comedy that he is. He listened graciouslyto the speeches, the production numbers, and the tributes that were made in hishonor during the TV special dubbed as The King of Comedy: Dolphy at 80.
The star-studded celebration took place at the MeralcoTheater last July 31 and was aired on ABS-CBN last Sunday, August 3, as part ofthe Kapamilya Network's Sunday's Best.
During the first part of the evening, the juvenile comediansof Goin' Bulilit participated in a skit and song-and-dance numbersreminiscing about the colorful career of the comedian whose real name isRodolfo Vera Quizon.
Black-and-white footage of Dolphy dancing across the screenwas shown to the audience as young dancers gave a modern twist to thevaudeville performer's dance moves. The veteran comedian clappedenthusiastically when Carmi Martin and Roderick Paulate showed their dancingprowess on stage.
One of the highlights of the evening was the VTR showingDolphy in a candid recording session with Vic Sotto. Vic begins by singing"Maalala Mo Kaya" while Dolphy interpreted the song by using sign language.Through his gestures, Dolphy showed that he still has what it takes to makepeople laugh. In fact, the 80-year old comedian will show his comedic skillsonce again for the big screen when he topbills the movie Dobol Trobol oppositeBox Office King Vic Sotto. This movie is scheduled to open in theaters nationwide this August.
During the latter part of the evening, Willie Revillamecalls Dolphy up on stage to allow him to give his speech. As Dolphy went up thestage of the Meralco Theater, the audience stood up to give a standing ovationto the King of Comedy. The Wowowee host asked Dolphy to demonstrate hisfamed dance moves but he refused at first. After some prodding, Dolphy obligedby tap dancing on stage, reminiscent of his vaudeville days.
Before the night ended, the Kind of Comedy gave a touchingspeech recalling his humble beginnings in showbiz. "I can say that this is thehappiest year of my life," says Dolphy gratefully. "Natatakot nga ako na tumabang tumaba ang puso ko, baka ma-bypass na naman ako," he jokes.After his speech, the crowd once again showed theirappreciation for the man who has given the gift of laughter to Filipinos forthe past five decades.
Click the links to view Batch 1 and Batch 2 of photos during the event.