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.
“Noong lumalaki kasi ako sa Daet, puro pelikula ni Dolphy ang pinapanood ko. Kaya hindi ko alam kung ano ang sasabihin sa kanya nung unang makaharap ko siya.”
He considers it a great honor to have worked with Dolphy.
“It was a big privilege for me. Tayo naman, basketball player, hindi naman talaga showbiz. Kaya malaking karangalan sa akin na ma-line up sa isang movie starring the Comedy King,”
A prison scene which lasted for four minutes, was Atoy Co’s most unforgettable moment with Dolphy. “Ako yung to be put in a box with him, kaming dalawa lang ang magka-eksena. Dream come true para sa akin yun.”
In the movie The Quick Brown Fox, Ricky Brown said he had a lot of fun playing Lieutenant Longshot, giving credit to Dolphy for creating a relaxed atmosphere on set.
He spoke fondly of the man who handpicked him for the role, “He was a very kind and sincere person. He’s a funny guy, but soft-spoken, very generous and passionate.
“And he makes sure I’m very comfortable despite the fact that there were people who were not receptive to me doing the role.”
He also had guest appearances twice on both hit TV sitcoms John en Marsha and Home Along Da Riles.
On April last year, two of Dolphy’s children even visited him at his home in Artesia, California and gave him a gift.
“I was really very surprised. It was a framed photo of the two of us from the movie, which Dolphy personally signed.”
“That framed picture is a treasure to me. I really cherish it a lot.”