Isa ang yumaong Comedy King na si Dolphy sa itinuturing na malapit na kaibigan ng yumao na ring Hari ng Pelikulang Pilipino na si Fernando Poe Jr.
Ito ay ayon mismo sa anak ni FPJ na si MTRCB Chairperson Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares, nang makapanayam siya ni Karen Davila sa morning news program ng ANC na Headstart kanina, Hulyo 11.
“Yes, definitely,” pagsang-ayon ni Grace sa pahayag na si Dolphy ay mabuting kaibigan ni FPJ.
“Today is a somber day for all our countrymen, especially for those who were close to Dolphy.
“Uhm, in my particular experience in showbiz, for example, there are a lot of people that you meet every day.
“But, there are not many friends that you can really count on, that you can really consider true friends—and one of them is Dolphy, he’s really a sincere friend to FPJ.”
FERNANDO POE, SR. Nagsimula raw ang koneksiyon sa pagitan nina Dolphy at FPJ dahil sa ama ng huli na si Fernando Poe, Sr.
Si Fernando Poe, Sr. ang nakadiskubre kay Dolphy nang gumawa ito ng isang theater play.
Kuwento ni Grace, “Well, he [Dolphy] started out—from the stories that I heard from my mom [Susan Roces]—during the time of war they had were stage plays and Fernando Poe, Sr. has produced one, I think in Avenue.
“One of the actors there was the young man, Dolphy.
“And then later on, the Royal Productions continued on and I remember Dolphy mentioning something like, ‘O, nakita ko papa mo no’n, kulot-kulot pa ang buhok no’n, tisoy na tisoy, maliit pa at kasama niya sa set.’
“So, there’s that long history from the very beginning, so he always looked at my dad in a very…
"I guess he always looked at him as family because he started out with Fernando Poe Sr., and although they didn’t see each other very often because of age difference also.”
DOLPHY-FPJ FRIENDSHIP. Bagamat hindi madalas na nagkakasama, dahil na rin sa agwat ng kanilang edad, hindi raw nawawala ang suporta nina Dolphy at FPJ sa isa’t isa.
Ipinanganak si Dolphy noong 1928, habang si FPJ naman ay ipinanganak noong 1939.
Pero sa tuwing nagkakasama raw ang dalawa sa ilang mga pagtitipon, ’tulad ng mga kaarawan nila at ng mga kaibigan, punung-puno ng saya at tawanan ang kanilang kuwentuhan.
Sabi ni Mary Grace, “It is usually Mang Dolphy cracking a joke and my dad is always in stitches, laughing.
“He has this dry, sarcastic humor that he says it really subtly, but my dad can’t contain himself sometimes when he’s around him.
“Uhm, although in real life, Dolphy is really a serious person, he’s very quiet, very unassuming.
“But once, you know, he starts whipping out his jokes, his dry humor sometimes... sometimes he’s just really, really funny when you’re around him.”
Ngunit nakita raw ni Grace ang pagiging tunay na kaibigan ng Comedy King sa kanyang ama noong magdesisyong tumakbo si FPJ sa pagka-Presidente noong 2004.
Kahit pa hindi hiningi ni Da King ang suporta ni Dolphy, ang Hari ng Komedya na mismo ang nagbigay nito.
Pag-alala ni Grace, “They’re not really barkada in that sense. But whenever there is a major undertaking for either one of them, the other shows support.
“When my dad decided to run in 2004, he didn’t… he purposely didn’t call his friends in showbiz to campaign for him.
"I mean, he could have easily done so, right? But no, he’s especially is very careful not to oblige them to campaign for him.
“But Dolphy wouldn’t hear any of it and said, ‘Ay, hindi. Kung ayaw mo, basta sasama ako sa ’yo,’ and so he went around with my dad.
“Definitely with my dad, there’s no talent fee or whatever, he just went around.
"That’s why maybe Vice President [Jejomar] Binay went to Makati Medical Center, because we are together during the campaign trail with FPJ.”
Ngunit ang hindi raw malilimutan ni Mary Grace ay ang pagpunta ni Dolphy sa kanilang bahay nang ideklarang si Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ang nanalong Pangulo.
Nakangiting sinalaysay ni Grace ang pangyayaring ito.
“What struck me, what was, uhm, what I can’t forget is the day or the night that Congress declared GMA [Gloria Magacapagl Arroyo] as a President,when we’re mostly asleep, like most of us are asleep.
“The very first guest of FPJ was Dolphy—in the house, they were both in shorts.
“I remember I saw him there. I can’t tell you exactly what time, [but he’s] in shorts.
"‘Tapos ‘yong dad ko, that I clearly remember, nakapambahay shorts, but they didn’t say much to each other, they just sort of patted each other.
“They don’t really make kuwento, they just had a firm handshake, pat in the back, and they really understand each other.
“So, I thought that’s really a very touching moment because Dolphy never goes to our house, and I mean they see each other in parties, but that day he was there, and so, I will never forget that.”
NATIONAL ARTIST. Dalawang taon pagkatapos pumanaw ng ama ni Grace na si FPJ, ginawaran ito, posthumously, ng National Artist award noong 2006.
Kaugnay nito, malaking isyu sa kasalukuyan ang paghihirang kay Dolphy bilang National Artist.
Sinasabi ng iba na huli na para ibigay pa ang naturang parangal kay Dolphy, ngunit iba ang opinyon ni Grace dito.
Aniya, “Kasi nga sabi ng iba, aanhin pa ang damo kung patay na ang kabayo.
"But you know, when you look at the life of Dolphy, he always wanted to provide for his family, he always wanted to make his family proud.
“And I think, even he is not around physically, if he knows that eventually he would have got it—I think he knows that he deserves that National Artist Award, we all know.
“At least, for his memory and for his children, he would be happy to have that, I mean even he’s not around to physically receive it, but he deserves that.
“And for his children to be called children of the National Artist, I’m sure he would like to give him that.
“So, it’s not too late, if you ask me.”