Just as news came out of Rodolfo “Dolphy” Vera Quizon’s “critical condition” last Wednesday, celebrities—especially those who have worked closely with the Comedy King—have expressed their concern.
In an interview with Bandila at Makati Medical Center last night, June 21, Smokey Manaloto narrated his visit Wednesday night (June 20).
The actor said, “Hindi kasi kami puwedeng pumasok sa loob ng kuwarto niya, e. So nandudoon kami… sa ICU, e.
“Siyempre, nakakatakot… very sensitive yung kalagayan ni Tatay, pero dun pa lang, kumakaway na kami kay Tatay.
"Nakikita naming lahat… kumpleto halos lahat yung pamilya doon na umaasa.
“Tsaka, lahat sila, lahat ng nandudoon sa loob, umaasa pa rin talaga na bubuti ang kalagayan ni Tatay."
Smokey played Dolphy’s son in the defunct ABS-CBN sitcom Home Along Da Riles.
Bandila anchor Boy Abunda remarked how Smokey was emotional in visiting Dolphy.
“Hindi mo maiiwasan, Kuya Boy, kasi Tatay ko siya ng labintatlong taon, e… Maglalabing-apat pa.
“Kaya, alam n’yo, ang nakakatuwa nga... kasi kahit hindi ako Quizon, nung magkasama kami sa Home Along [Da Riles] ni Tatay, nung Tatay ko siya sa Home Along, hindi niya pinaramdam sa ‘kin na artista ako. Pinaramdam niya sa ‘kin na anak niya ako.
“Alam mo, hanggang ngayon, nagpapasalamat pa rin ako kasi hindi lahat ng artista nabibigyan ng ganung pagkakataon na matawag talaga siyang Tatay nang linggo-linggo for thirteen years.
“Siguro mababase mo yung success ng isang tao sa dami ng taong nagmamahal sa kanya. Yun yun, e.”
Looking through the glass window of the Intensive Care Unit, what did he observe?
“Kalmado silang lahat. Kalmado naman lahat… kalmado si Ms. Zsa Zsa [Padilla], yung mga anak niya… kasama ko si Inay Maricel [Soriano] na magkatabi kami noon."
Maricel Soriano was also emotional when she visited.
“Oo. Yun din… yun, anak din siya ni Tatay, e. Kaya hindi mo maiiwasan na…
"Siya si Shirley, ako naman si Dil,” Smokey said, naming their characters in John en Marsha and Home Along Da Riles, respectively, in which they both played Dolphy’s children.
“Nagkita-kita kami noon, sabi niya, ’O, ’eto, anak ko din ‘to.’
"Dun mo makikita na marami talagang nagmamahal, e… na marami talagang ayaw pa, e… ayaw pang mawala si Tatay talaga, e. Ayaw namin, e.
“Kaya siguro, puwede ko na din pasalamatan lahat... yung lahat ng nagdadasal na simula nung una pa, ’tapos lalo na hanggang ngayon na hindi pa rin tumitigil ng pagpapakita ng suporta at pagdarasal kay Tatay, kasi naa-appreciate po yun ng pamilya Quizon.”
TWITTER SUPPORT. Many celebrities shared their concern through Twitter, making the hashtag #PrayForDolphy trend number one, locally.
Amy Perez (@perezamy) tweeted on June 15, “Mga kapatid pls include tito dolphy sa prayers nyo tonight! Thanks so much!”
This was followed by two other tweets from her in the following days.
“Lord i pray that you cover tito dolphy with your most precious blood and take away any pain his feeling now. #prayfordolphy,” she tweeted on June 21.
On June 22, Amy also tweeted, “Pls. Continue praying for tito dolphy. #prayfordolphy,” even posting a Twitpic of their picture together.
The Megastar, Sharon Cuneta (@sharon_cuneta12), tweeted today: “P.S. @senmiriam @kikopangilinan I am only one of the millions who are not just praying for tito Dolphy’s recovery, but also for him to be named National Artist as soon as possible, while he can still feel our love and respect for him. He is a national treasure as well. We need to acknowledge that as soon as possible. Pls RT this.”
Concert King Martin Nievera (@foreversinging4u), tweeted last Sunday, “Everyone everywhere please pray for our Dolphy!”
Last Wednesday, Agot Isidro (@agot_isidro) tweeted, “Sending good vibes to the Quizon family. Prayers of healing and recovery for Mang Dolphy. #PrayForDolphy.”
Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) tweeted yesterday, “ronnie, son of dolphy, shares that tito dolphy makes facial reactions and tries to peek at his visitors. :) #PrayForDolphy.”
Erik Santos tweeted just this morning, “Praying hard for Tatay Dolphy. #PrayForDolphy”
Celebrities and non-celebrities alike, people are sending their get-well wishes to Dolphy through the social networking site showing just how many lives he has touched.