By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan and Priam F. Nepomuceno
MANILA, July 10 (PNA) – Philippine comedy king “Dolphy” (Rodolfo Vera Quizon in real life) passes away Tuesday night after lingering bout with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Doctors at the Makati Medical Center, where Quizon was confined, said Dolphy passed away at 8:34 p.m. Tuesday due to multiple organ failure, secondary to complications brought about by severe pneumonia chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and acute renal failure.
Dolphy’s death came 15 days away from his 84th birthday. He was born on July 25, 1928..
Partner actress and singer Zsa-Zsa Padilla said that the actor passed around 8: 34 p.m. at the intensive care unit of the Makati Medical Center, where he was confined since last June 9 due to the complications brought about by his pulmonary disease.
The comedy king underwent several dialysis and blood transfusion.
He was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in 2009. As a result, his public appearances were reduced, and was frequently admitted to the intensive care unit.
On June 16, 2012, he was admitted at the Makati Medical Center after complaining of shortness of breath. He was showing signs of recovery eight days later, but was hospitalized again in early July because of recurring pnemounia.
Quizon was a talent of ABS-CBN for decades before transferring to TV-5 where he led the show “Pidol’s Wonderland”.
Dolphy along with actress Nida Blanca popularized the “John and Marsha,” which was one of the longest running family oriented comedy show in the Philippines.
Dolphy starred in more than 200 films in his 66-year career, starting with a 1946 movie at 19 years old with Fernando Poe Sr., “Dugo at Bayan 1 (I Remember Bataan).”
Among the many roles he effectively portrayed, Dolphy was known for his notable portrayal of gay roles, whether comedy or drama. He starred in Facifica Falayfay (1969), Fefita Fofongay (Viuda de Falayfay) (1973) and Sarhento Fofongay, A…ewan (1974). His last gay role was as Walterina Markova, in the movie Makrova: Comfort Gay (2001). He played the same role with his sons Eric and Jeffrey Quizon, and all won the Prix de la Meilleure Interpretation in Brussels, Belgium for their portrayal.
His last film was Father Jejemon in 2010.
Dolphy was survived by his children Manny (Manny Boy), Salud (Sahlee), Rodolfo Jr. (Dolphy Jr.), Freddie (Baby), Edgar, and Raul (Rolly) with Engracia (Gracia) Dominguez; Mariquita (Kaye), Carlos, Geraldino (Dino), and Edwin with Gloria Smith; Ronaldo (Ronnie), Enrico (Eric), Madonna (Dana), and Jeffrey (Epi) with Pamela Ponti; Rommel with Evangeline Tugalao; Vandolph with Alma Moreno; and Nicole and Zia with Zsazsa Padilla.
The death of the comedy king trended in Twitter on Tuesday night. Several celebrity people expressed their condolences in the micro-blogging site. [PNA]