Comedy King Dolphy celebrates 80th birthday with launching of his book

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Eric Quizon describes the autobiography of his father, Comedy King Dolphy (in photo): "It's a life story of my dad basically. Itencapsulates 80 years of his life from childhood... You know, during thesecond World War, from the time he did radio, television, movies. From thetime he lived-in with his first wife and had six kids, to the second, to thethird and to Zsa Zsa."



Mismong ang Hari ng Komedya ng Pelikulang Pilipino na siDolphy ang nagsabing "nasuklam" siya sa sarili matapos basahinang sarili niyang libro.

"Huwag itong pamarisan ng mga anak ko. Ang buhayminsan, lalo na sa chicks, masalimuot po," ito ang isa sa ilang nasabi ngComedy King sa naganap na launching ng kanyang libro, angDolphy: Hindi Ko Ito Mararating Mag-Isa, kasabay ng pagdiriwang ng kanyang80th birthday kagabi, July 23, sa NBC Tent sa The Fort, TaguigCity.

Naikuwento rin ni Dolphy na ang paborito niyang ulam aykare-kare. Minsan daw, may isang kaarawan niya nahindi niya malimut-limutan dahil pare-parehong kare-kare ang handa ng mga babae niya sa buhay.

"Ang unang bahay na pupuntahan ko, kare-kare ang handa.Ang pangalawang bahay na pupuntahan ko, kare-kare na naman. Sa pangatlongbahay, kare-kare pa din. Pag-uwi ko sa nanay ko, kare-kare nanaman. Pagtulog at panaginip ko, kare-kare uli. Mahirap talaga!"kuwento niya na ikinatawa ng lahat.

Pabiro ring sinabi ni Dolphy na nakabuo na siya ng alphabetdahil ang pangalan ng kanyang unang naging "asawa" ay nagsisimula sa letrang'A' (Aida) at ang panghuling babaeng naiugnay sa kanya ay nagsisimula naman saletrang 'Z' (Zsa Zsa Padilla).

Pagdating naman sa mga anak niya, itinuturing niya angmga ito bilang isang malaking kaligayahan. Sampung libong beses dawang naranasan niyang tuwa sa kanya mga anak, pero may kapalit dinnaman daw itong sampung baldeng luha. Isa-isa niya pinangalan ang kanyangmga anak mula sa panganay: Manny Boy, Salud, Dolphy Jr., Baby, Edgar,Rolly, Kaye, Sally, Dino, Edwin, Ronnie, Eric, Dana, Epi, Rommel,Vandolph, Nicole, at si Zia.

"Pati po ang birthday ng mga 'yan ay alamko. Pagdating po sa apo ko, hindi na natin ituloy. Masyado na pong marami.May apo na ako sa tuhod, sampu na ho!" natatawang sabi ni Dolphy.

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Natapos ang kanyang mensahe na nagdulot ng ngiti at halakhaksa mga nandoon kaya naman binigyan siya ng standing ovation.

80 YEARS OF THE COMEDY KING. Nakausap naman ng PEP(Philippine Entertainment Portal) ang "man behind the project" na si EricQuizon. Ayon sa kanya, ang libro ay naglalaman ng isang autobiography ngkanyang ama na isinulat ni Bibeth Orteza.

"It's a life story of my dad basically. Itencapsulates 80 years of his life from childhood... You know, during thesecond World War, from the time he did radio, television, movies. From thetime he lived-in with his first wife and had six kids, to the second, to thethird and to Zsa Zsa," paglalarawan ni Eric sa libro ng kanyang ama.

Wala na raw ma-wish pa si Eric para sa kanyang ama sa taongito.

"I have no wish for him for this year but for me, hedeserves the best," sabi niya. "I made sure that this book was achieved,it's not a dream. This [Dolphy's children] is our gift to himbasically.

"It's interesting because there's a certain thingthat I've learned about my dad that I never knew before. So, itwas a learning experience also. I got to know my dad more, understood him forwhat he is and who he is. He is always been a loving, caring, andsupportive father. He's always there for you, and he's not only a father,he's always a friend to all of us. I wrote this in the book, for me, Iconsider him my hero."

TELLING DOLPHY'S STORY. Nakausap din ng PEP ang isa panganak ni Dolphy at kapatid na buo ni Eric na si Jeffrey "Epi" Quizon, na siyangnag-host ng event. Si Epi rin ang tumayong executive vice-president ng"Dolphy Para Sa Pinoy" at co-producer ng libro.

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"Kaming mga magkakapatid, we produced the book and Iwas the one who brought it. 'Yong libro, gagawin dapat 'yan noong 78th birthdayng dad ko, pero last year, we were able to convince him to push throughwith the book.

"Reason niya kasi, marami na siyang nasaktan na ayaw naniyang masaktan muli. 'Yon ang naging reason niya and, actually, he's justfair to our mothers. And finally we decided, you know, instead of storiesto tell, then people will still talk about it, we might as well use my own wordsto tell my story.

"Ako, ang tingin ko, hindi na muling masasaktan ang mgataong nasaktan noon kundi magkakalinawan. Ako kasi, lumalaking mayroongsakit na dinadala. Medyo alam ko ang dahilan; pero ang mali, dapatkinumpronta ko si Daddy. Matagal na ang problema at kailangan na hinintayko pang gumawa ng libro para maintindihan ko pa yung problema namingdalawa. Medyo matagal-tagal ko siyang binitbit. It's clear now nakailangan lang pala naming mag-usap-usap. The book actuallystrengthened the relationship of the whole family," pahayag ni Epi.

TRIBUTE TO THE KING OF COMEDY. Nakausap din ng PEP angpangulo ng ABS-CBN na si Ms. Charo Santos-Concio para alamin ang gagawin nilangspecial tribute para sa Hari ng Komedya.

"We want to honor Dolphy. We want to honor the manwhose contribution, not only for the Philippine movie industry or Philippinetelevision but... My God, this man made us laugh for more than half acentury, di ba?

"I think it's just but right to pay tribute to histalent. We will show the man that is Dolphy through the years. It'shis birthday and it's about time that the industry will pay tributeto the one great Dolphy," pahayag ng ABS-CBN lady chief.

Isang malaki at grandiosong special tribute titled TheKing of Comedy at 80 ang gagawin ng ABS-CBN na gaganapin sa MeralcoTheater sa July 29 (Tuesday). Ito ay ipalalabas sa ABS-CBN sa susunod na Linggo,August 3, sa Sunday's Best.

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Lalahukan ito ng lahat ng ABS-CBN talents mula sa iba'tibang henerasyon at sa finale, magsi-share mismo si Dolphy ng kanyangmga naging karansan at mga sentimiyento mula sa pinakamasaya hanggang sapinakamalungkot na nangyari sa kanyang buhay.


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