A tribute to Dolphy
Dolphy, the King of Comedy is now laid to rest in eternal peace. He was a great artist as a movie actor, stage and TV entertainer, comedian, dancer and singer. He was a complete performer. His biggest achievement was he made people laugh. He brought happiness to every Filipino for 60 years.
He rose from chorus dancer to be the highest paid actor in Philippine Cinema along with Fernando Poe Jr. It’s a dramatic rag to riches success story. He made 60 big hits at Sampaguita Pictures where he was a favorite of the late Dr. Jose Perez.
The son of a seamstress and a mechanic, he lived a hard life polishing shoes, working as porter in the pier, selling peanuts in theaters.
In 1946, at age 19 he became an actor in his first movie with Fernando Poe Sr. entitled “Dugo at Bayan”. He stayed in Sampaguita Pictures for 40 years under Dr. Jose Perez. In 1965, he put up his own productions, RVQ Productions and had his first TV show Buhay Artista with Panchito, Susan Roces and Ronaldo Valdez.
In 1971, the TV sitcom “John En Marsha” became very popular that it made several movie versions. In 1978, Dolphy bags the FAMAS Best Actor for his performance in the comedy “Omeng Satanasia”. In 1992, Dolphy’s “Home Along Da riles” becomes a big hit with Nova Villa as his wife with Vandolph as one of the children.
In 2001, Dolphy won the FAMAS Best Actor in the movie “Markova”, where he played a Filipino “comfort gay” character during the Second World War.
The genius of Dolphy lies in his ability to uncover joy in the humdrum of everyday life, to find comedy where there is sadness. Dolphy stayed long enough to infect his laughter on generations. Dolphy deserves to be declared as National Artist. No award is enough to measure up to his lifetime achievements.
TATANDA AT LILIPAS KA RIN PERO HINDE KA NAMIN MALILIMUTAN!
By: Joey E. Clarin
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