I was saddened by the news that the Philippines’ comedy king, Dolphy, passed away. I am a silent fan of his. I have watched his movies, even the old ones. Yes, those movies in black and white and I was really entertained by them. I love those kinds of movies because they take me to the time where I wasn’t born yet and I’m able to see how simple the lifestyle then. I was not a regular viewer of his latest television shows, but I used to watch his sitcom John en Marsha with the late Nida Blanca. It was a funny show and yet there’s still moral values for kids and even parents to learn.
When news of his demise broke out, fans gathered outside the hospital praying and to pay respect to the person who had made them laugh for more than six decades. And maybe also hoping to catch a glimpse of actors and actresses who are expected to go to the hospital upon hearing the news. Security personnel did a good job in putting portable barriers to help control the crowd and set their limitations. They don’t want to have unsecured vicinity and as much as possible they want to control the people who could be unruly at times.
I have watched the necrological services and I really saw how well-loved the man is. Many singers offered their songs, the actors and actresses told stories of how Dolphy is filled of humility in his heart despite his stardom. Their memorable times and his funny jokes. He was respected by all the people in the entertainment industry.
Talks are now going on about recognizing him as a National Artist but sad to say it is now too late. The man can never receive the honor given to him. O well, I guess the outpouring of love and respect to him by the whole nation is enough honor for him to be remembered.