Zsa Zsa Padilla poses with (from left) Epi, Vandolph and Eric Quizon after the awarding ceremony of the Gawad CCP Para sa Sining on Wednesday night. Photo courtesy of the actress-singer's Instagram page
MANILA -- Dolphy's long-time partner Zsa Zsa Padilla and his sons received on behalf of the late film icon the highest honor given by the Culture Center of the Philippines (CCP).
On Wednesday, the comedy king, along with six other individuals and an organization, were recognized with the Gawad CCP Para sa Sining at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater).
The posthumous recognition was received by Padilla, along with Dolphy's sons Eric, Vandolph and Epi Quizon.
Born Rodolfo Vera Quizon, Dolphy was recognized for his contribution in Film and Broadcast Arts. Dubbed the Philippines' "King of Comedy," the late veteran actor's career spanned over six decades.
He passed away in July last year after a five-year battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83.
Another posthumous recognition was conferred on Zenaida Amador, founder of local theater production company Repertory Philippines, for her achievements in Philippine theater.
The other awardees of the Gawad CCP Para sa Sining are poet and critic Cirilo Bautista (Literature), artist Brenda Fajardo (Visual Arts), dancer-teacher Agnes Locsin (Dance), composer Ramon Santos (Music), and anthropologist Florentino Hornedo (Cultural Research).
The Silliman University National Writers Workshop, the oldest creative writing program in Asia, meanwhile, received the Tanging Parangal for the development of creative writing and the literary arts.
Given every three years, the Gawad CCP Para sa Sining recognizes individuals or groups who have "consistently produced outstanding works and enriched the development of their art form."