Willie Revillame, Claudine Barretto, Kitchie Benedicto, Eddie Gutierrez offer eulogies for Dolphy

(L-R)Willie Revillame, Kitchie Benedicto, Claudine Barretto, and Eddie Gutierrez offered their eulogies for Dolphy at Heritage Memorial Park and Crematorium in Taguig City, where the Comedy King is scheduled for burial on Sunday. Eddie and Kitchie recounted their moments with Dolphy, while Claudine and Willie say he was a father to them.


Dolphy’s remains were moved to Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig City, Thursday, July 12, where TV5—his network for the last three years—offered its tribute to “Mang Pidol” in a more intimate eulogy service.

The Mass began at around 9 p.m. and was attended not only by Kapatid stars but also by Kapuso and Kapamilya celebrities who didn’t make it to ABS-CBN’s tribute the day before.

Sharing their “Tito Dolphy” stories to family and friends present were Eddie Gutierrez, Kitchie Benedicto, Mother Lily Monteverde, Niño Muhlach, Long Mejia, German Moreno, Claudine Barretto, Willie Revillame, Sharon Cuneta, TV Chairman and CEO Manny V. Pangilinan, and some of Dolphy’s children.

Other celebrities present were couples Annabelle Rama and Eddie Gutierrez, Aga Muhlach and Charlene Gonzalez with their kids, Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid, Ryan Agoncillo (who hosted the eulogy) and Judy Ann Santos, Claudine Barretto and Raymart Santiago, and Billy Crawford and Nikki Gil.

Also present were Eddie Garcia, Lorna Tolentino, Amy Perez, Dennis Padilla, Michael V., Sarah Geronimo, Lucy Torres-Gomez, Ruffa Gutierrez and her kids Lorin and Venice; TV5’s Alex Gonzaga, Eula Caballero, Ritz Azul, and Meg Imperial.

Here are excerpts from some of the eulogies for Dolphy last night at the Heritage Memorial Park:

EDDIE GUTIERREZ. Former Sampaguita Pictures matinee idol Eddie Gutierrez relates how he had the privilege to work with Dolphy in eight films.

He recounted their first meeting in 1958 when Eddie signed up with Sampaguita Pictures.

“He was the first one to greet me and talk to me and made me feel at home. He was a big star then, he just finished Jack ’N Jill, and he was very friendly to me.”

Two years after, they made a film together, Dobol Trobol, and this is how Eddie got to know Dolphy on a personal level.

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Eddie said, “Napakasaya ko dahil nakasama ko si Dolphy at tinuruan ako ng mga timing sa comedy.

"At pagdating sa sayawan naman, alam naman natin na si Dolphy, number one.

“He’s not only a comedy king, he’s an actor, a dramatic actor. He is an action star dahil nagkaroon din kami ng routine sa pelikula.”

But Eddie’s fondest memory of Dolphy was when they went to Japan for the Asian Film Festival, where Sampaguita’s first colored film in 1962, The Big Broadcast, won best choreography.

In the after-party, Dolphy was asked to display his dancing skills, and Eddie remembered how all the girls would swoon over the multi-talented man.

“So he started dancing cha-cha, boogie, pachanga, and all the girls went wild. Ako, naiwan sa ’kin dalawang babae na lang.

“Lahat ng babae nakapulupot kay Dolphy because he was a hit that night,” Eddie related, acting like he was jealous.

The Gutierrez patriarch also admired Dolphy’s sense of fashion and the way he carried himself.

“Alam n’yo, Tito Dolphy was the best dressed actor in Philippine movies. Napakagaling, ang ganda magdala, ang ganda magterno ng damit niya.

“Minsan naka-rubber shoes lang, maong, t-shirt tsaka sombrero, pero napakagandang tingnan when Dolphy wears clothes like that.”

In 2002, they reunited in the film Home Along Da Riber, which was directed by Dolphy’s son, Eric Quizon. This is where Eddie discovered how kind Mang Dolphy was.

He said, “Nakikisama siyang kumain sa mga crew, sa mga staff. At minsan nag-guest ako sa show niya, sa TV, meron siyang attaché.

“Alam na nating lahat na yung attaché niya, meron siyang 10 percent of his income to give away to people who go there and approach him and ask for help. Ganung kabait si Dolphy.”

On May 15, 2012, Eddie and wife Annabelle visited Dolphy and Zsa Zsa Padilla in their home in Parañaque, not knowing it would be the last time they would have a conversation with the man of the house.

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Eddie and Dolphy reminisced, with great laughter, the moments they spent together in their younger days.

Eddie recalled, “Hanggang sa sabi ko, ’Dolphs, anong recreation mo, anong ginagawa mo?’

"’A, nanonood ako ng TV,’ sabi niya.

“’Mare,’ sabi kay Annabelle, ’napapanood kita sa TV ah… sino ba yung kaaway mo?’

“Sabi ni Annabelle, ’Don’t say bad words, pare.’

"So, yun ang mga humor ni Dolphy. Pero siya, tawa nang tawa, tawa nang tawa.

“Until, nagpaalam na ‘ko, sabi ko, ’Pare, napakasuwerte ko naging kaibigan kita.’ Yun ang last time namin nag-usap.

“Para sa ‘kin, si Dolphy is a perfect gentleman.

"Napakabait na tao, hindi lang sa mga kaibigan, sa mga anak, kundi pati sa mga fans niya.

“Kaya lahat ng pelikula niya, bata, teenager, matanda, lahat nanonood kay Dolphy.

“Dolphs, we love you very much, and hindi ka pa nalalagutan ng hininga, tumake-off ka na papuntang langit, ganun ka kabait.

"We love you. Thank you.”

KITCHIE BENEDICTO. Kitchie Benedicto was the producer of the longest-running primetime comedy sitcom in the Philppines, John en Marsha, which starred Dolphy and Nida Blanca as a loving couple.

Kitchie’s working relationship with Dolphy began in 1970. She says she had the honor of working with him for 17 years, the length of time John en Marsha was on the air.

She was also a witness to how Maricel Soriano became an honorary child of Dolphy since her years growing up with him in the show.

In the middle of her speech, Kitchie revealed a secret she had sworn to Dolphy she would not tell anyone. She had kept the secret all these years.

Right before spilling it, she entreated Vandolph not to hold a grudge against her.

Vandolph is Dolphy’s son with Alma Moreno; Alma was Dolphy’s partner before Zsa Zsa came along.

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Kitchie said, “When we did a Dolphy special, the first time we guested Ms. Zsa Zsa Padilla, nag-connive kami ni Pare.

“Sabi niya sa ’kin, ’Mare, gawan mo naman ng paraan na humaba ang taping.’

"I cannot forget that because Zsa Zsa was doing the song ’Material Girl.’

“Sabi niya, ’E, madali lang naman matapos ’yan, e…’

"’Hindi, hindi Pare, meron pa. Kunwari may sira, ano…’

“It was really so funny, I died laughing, kasi talagang pinipilit niyang humaba yung taping.

"So, kawawang Zsa Zsa, nagtiis. Ayun, dun nagsimula siguro.

“Vandolph, ’wag kang magalit sa ’kin. But that’s a secret I have never told anyone because ayaw niyang ikuwento ko at baka nga magalit daw si Vandolph sa ’kin,” Kitchie said.

Apparently, this was how the romance started between Dolphy and the last woman in his life—Zsa Zsa. What many people did not know was that there were already kinks in the Dolphy-Alma relationship at that time.

Kitchie and Dolphy’s friendship went beyond the professional. When Dolphy launched his book Hindi Ko Ito Narating Mag-isa in 2009, his dedication on her book copy, she said, brought her to tears.

“So what he wrote there was: ’To my dear kumadre and friend. The best boss I have ever had.’”

She further attested to his well-renowned humility.

“Palagi ninyong sinasabi, mapagkumbaba. Everybody say that because that is very true.

"Palaging inuuna niya… minsan tinatanong ko siya, ’Pare, kumain ka na?’

“’Hindi, Mare, tingnan mo muna kung kumain na yung crew.’

"Uunahin niya lahat ng taong maliliit bago siya kumain.”

In 2006, they had a chance to work together once more in the ABS-CBN sitcom John En Shirley, but this sitcom was short-lived.

“He was very, very, very happy nung malaman niyang magkakasama na naman sila ni Taray [Maricel Soriano]. So enjoy na enjoy siya talaga…in that show.

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“And I was just sad na hindi tumagal because, I think, it would have lasted another 17 years,” she said, ending her homage to Dolphy.

CLAUDINE BARRETTO. Claudine Barretto, who played one of Dolphy’s children in the sitcom Home Along Da Riles, says she is thankful to the man she calls “Tatay.”

Her speech, which lasted barely two minutes, is as follows:

“Some people come into our lives and quietly live. Some stay for a while, touch our lives, and we’re never the same.

“Ganun si Tatay Dolphy sa buhay ko at sa marami sa ’tin. Tatay ang tawag namin sa kanya…

"I would say that it really is a privilege na nakatrabaho namin siya.

“Nakatrabaho ko siya sa Home Along Da Riles, na nakilala ko ang tunay na Tatay Dolphy na maalaga, na kahit gaano ka-busy, nandiyan pa rin para sa amin ’pag meron kaming problema.

“Mami-miss namin yun.

"Marami akong natutunan sa kanya na buong buhay ko dadalhin, at buong buhay akong magpapasalamat sa kanya.

“From him I learned not to be a show-off in this business. He had no pretenses, fanfares, and gimmicks.

"Totoong tao ang Tatay ko at tunay siyang makatao.

“Sana baon niya ang lahat ng magagandanag papuri that shall have been in his life before death.

"Tatay, I would miss you so much. I already miss you.”

WILLIE REVILLAME. Meanwhile, Willie Revillame drew from the adage “Laughter is the best medicine” to describe Dolphy, whom he also treated as a father.

“Si Tito Dolphy ho ay isang gamot, gamot ’yan, e. Gamot ng kalungkutan.

"Isang bayani sa may mga madaming problema, simple pero ang kaligayahan lang ay magpasaya.

“Sa industriya po natin, si Tito Dolphy po ay isang tunay na henyo.

"Siya’y inspirasyon namin para sa mga nagsisimula. Yung mga nagsisimulang gustong maging Dolphy, gustong maging FPJ, sila po ang aming sinusundan.

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“Pero alam n’yo, walang kapalit ang Dolphy. Walang puwedeng pumalit sa kanya dahil si Dolphy po ay nag-iisa lang.”

The Wiltime Big Time host also shared how he would run to Dolphy in times of trouble.

“Siguro, marami hong nagsasabi na alam n’yo, pag nag-uusap kami ni Tito Dolphy, every time na nag-uusap kami, dahil po palagi akong down.

“Natatanggal ako sa programa, sa kanya ’ko pupunta. Siya ho yung nag-a-advice sa ‘kin.

"Nung ako po ay laging nag-iisa, sa kanya lang ho ako nagpupunta.

“Alam n’yo yung tatay ko, 1928 pinanganak. Si Tito Dolphy po, ipinanganak 1928.

"Namatay ho ang tatay ko, July 19, at July din po nang mamatay si Tito Dolphy.

"Parang ang turing ko diyan ay isang magulang."

Willie recounted, in detail, his first encounter with Dolphy:

“1976, ako po ay high school, mahilig ako mag-drums. Pumupunta po ako sa Silahis… ang katabi po ng Silahis Hotel, Aristocrat.

“Madaling-araw po pag umuuwi po ako, nakikita ko po si Tito Dolphy naka-420 SL na Mercedes Benz, na naka-top down. At binubuksan niya yung kanyang bintana at meron pong vanilla shake na nakalagay dun.

“High school po ako nun, mga 16 years old ako nun. Hindi ko po nakakalimutan, nagkakagulo lahat dun: ’Si Dolphy! Si Dolphy!’

“Hindi ko ho akalain na makakasama, makakapiling ko po si Tito Dolphy. Parang isang tunay na anak ang naging turing niya sa ’kin.”

Willie said they had a bond that is only between the two of them.

“Nung time ho na malungkot si Tito Dolphy, alam ho ni Eric, alam ni Zsa Zsa, magkasama po kami ni Tito Dolphy. Pero sa ’min na lang po yun."

His final words to the Comedy King: “Tito Dolphy, ikaw ang aming inspirasyon. Mahal na mahal ka ng sambayanan. Nandito kaming lahat dahil nagmamahal sa ’yo.”


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