Dolphy should be conferred the National Artist Award who made millions of Filipinos laugh through good and bad times over 60 years as the King of Comedy on stage, radio, television and movies.
Having his craft to make millions of Filipinos laugh for over 60 years is testament to the truism that laughter is the best medicine. His compassion for others extends to the fabric of every Filipino’s life as embodied by John Purontong and Kevin Cosme. His movies and weekly sitcoms have molded us each week to an adherence to traditional Filipino values. Dolphy’s well-known act of kindness to people in the entertainment industry and beyond was a reflection of his own persona. Even as he attained stardom, he never failed to look back to his roots as he shared his blessings with the less fortunate, particularly his colleagues in the movie industry.
President Aquino asks all our countrymen to reflect on the art and artistry, the personal kindness, generosity and patriotism of Dolphy and the manner in which he exemplified in his works and life, the positive values of the Filipino people. P-Noy said he deeply respected Dolphy who helped society very much through the arts he had pursued all his life. He is a good example for the next generation.
The late comedian was nominated for national artist in 2009 and this could be carried over to this year’s nomination list. The selection process started this month and ends November.
By: Joey E. Clarin
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