Remembering the Comedy King

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Today marks the second death anniversary of Philippine showbiz’ Comedy King Dolphy, born Rodolfo Vera Quizon Sr. on July 25, 1928.

His own life story perfect for the movies, Quizon sold snacks as a young boy in theaters as a young boy in Tondo, and eventually became a chorus dancer on vaudeville, where he marveled at the talent of comedy duo Pugo and Togo, and dancers Benny Mack and Bayani Casimiro.

His next medium was radio, until he joined Sampaguita Pictures where his own comedy duo with Panchito was born.

His most memorable films comprised of Apoy na Ginatungan where he played Golay (1951); Facifica Falaypay (1969); Buhay Artista (1979); Dolphy’s Angels (1980); and Markova: Comfort Gay, which won the “Prix de la Meilleure Interpretation” at the 2001 Brussels International Film Festival.


On TV, his most popular sitcoms were the legendary John ‘en Marsha with the late Nida Blanca, and later on Home Along da Riles as Kevin Cosme. [Source: Wikipedia]

Multi-awarded for his vast body of work, President Benigno Aquino 3rd bestowed the Grand Collar of the Order of the Golden Heart (the highest award given to a private citizen by the President), “for his contributions to the entertainment industry and for his charitable and philanthropic works,” shortly before his death in 2010.

Quizon succumbed to a long battle with emphysema on July 10, 2012 even as the entire nation kept vigil and prayed for his recovery, following repeated hospitalizations.

July 13 is designated a “National Day of Re–membrance” to honor the artist’s great contributions to the entertainment industry, following a declaration by President Aquino in 2012.

According to reports, the Quizon family has organized a series of activities in the coming days to commemorate the late actor’s death anniversary, leading up to his birthday, which includes a fun run in Rizal Park, an exhibit of Dolphy memorabilia and a grand concert. Details have yet to be announced.

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