Comedy King Dolphy received a standing ovation, thunderousapplause, and even whistles from his guests as he entered the packed NBC Tentat The Fort, Taguig City on July 23 for the launching of his autobiographical bookDolphy: Hindi Ko Ito Narating Mag-isa. Big names in the entertainment industryand politics gathered to toast the man's more than 50 years in showbiz and 80years of blessed life.
"Napakataba ng puso ko ngayong gabi," Dolphy began histhank-you speech. "Isa pong malaking karangalan sa akin ito ngayong gabi atnandito kayo. Marami akong inabot na sorpresa ngayong gabi."
The hardbound 229-page book chronicles Dolphy's career fromstarting out as an extra to becoming the Comedy King that Filipinos now love. The book, as told to actress-writer Bibeth Orteza, coversDolphy's childhood, family, lovers, 18 children, and experiences as a Pinoyentertainer abroad.
His son Eric Quizon, the man behind the book's production, formallyintroduced the Dolphy Aid Para Sa Pinoy Foundation, a non-profit organizationaimed to help educate underprivileged Filipinos.
GRAND TRIBUTE. Dolphy's home network ABS-CBN will also give grand tributeto the King of Comedy on July 31 at the Meralco Theater in Pasig City.
"We have invited everyone from the movie industry, from thetelevision industry, our friends from advertising, our friends from the media,because were paying tribute to the one great Filipino comedian Dolphy," ABS-CBNlady president Charo Santos-Concio said to PEP (Philippine EntertainmentPortal.) "With Tito Dolphy, there are no network lines to be drawn, asKapamilyas, Kabarkadas, Kapusos unite to celebrate with the one and only Kingof Comedy."
"He always acknowledges where he came from," Charo said ofDolphy's continuous success. "He acknowledges the people who helped him alongthe way. That's what kept him grounded and, therefore, every role that heportrayed was able to essay what is human, what are the values that reallymatter in life. He was a picture of every person."
CANNOT ASK FOR MORE. Dolphy, who's turning his 80 today (July 25), said hecouldn't ask for anything more in life. "Wala na para sa akin. Sa mga anak kona lang, kina Zsa Zsa [Padilla, his life partner]," he said. "Simple lang ako.Malaki na 'yong celebration ko last year, e, meron pa ako sa Channel 2 na malakingtribute. Kaya simple na lang 'yong amin [celebration] ngayon, sa bahay nalang."
In a previous interview, fellow comedian Vic Sotto said hisbirthday wish for Dobol Trobol co-star and friend Dolphy is to share a doublewedding him. To which Dolphy replied: "Sana nga. Ang problema 'yong sa akin, e.Sabi ko nga, ‘pag nakita mo 'yong passport ko, single pa, 18 na anak, singlepa."
Dolphy's life partner Zsa Zsa wasn't able to come as she iscurrently doing a string of shows in Canada. But his sons Eric, Jeffrey,Vandolph, daughter Zia, and grandson Boy2 Quizon were there.
"Lahat parang meron na siya, e, so ang gusto lang namin iseternal happiness," wished his youngest son Vandolph for his dad.
The press people also asked Vandolph if his mom Alma Morenowould make an appearance that night. It was reported that Alma, currentParañaque 1st district councilor, refused to be interviewed about her pastrelationship with Dolphy for the book.Vandolph said: "Wala namang friction o problemangnangyari, e. Nagkataon lang na hindi lang talaga puwede 'yong mom ko dahil siyemprekonsehal na, ang daming inaayos sa Parañaque. I tried tocall her, but she cannot be reached." And pointing to his wife, Jenny Salimao, headded smiling, "Kasama ko naman 'yong Alma Two e."