Dolphy 'cheated' death many times before

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Posted at Jun 21 2012 01:35 PM | Updated as of Jun 22 2012 03:29 AM

Dolphy already bought a coffin

MANILA, Philippines - King of Comedy Dolphy, who is currently in critical condition at the Makati Medical Center, has already cheated death a number of times.

In his autobiography "Dolphy: Hindi Ko Ito Narating Ng Mag-Isa," Dolphy shared that his first brush with death was as a teenager.

During the Japanese occupation of Manila, a young Dolphy was surprised when the person he was sitting next to fell from a train. He didn't say, however, how the accident happened.

And on another occasion, he said, "Lumubog ang barko na sinasakyan ng dati kong entertainment troupe."

Dolphy and long-time partner Zsa Zsa Padilla were also scheduled to be in Baguio when the July 16, 1990 earthquake hit the mountain city.

"Papunta sana kami ni Zsa Zsa sa Baguio, sa Hyatt Hotel kami titira, no'ng malaking lindol ng July 16, 1990. Nag-request lang ang Evergreen Films, producer ng 'Atorni Agataon: Abagodong de Kampanilya,' na mag-straight shooting days kami dahil pupunta si Vivian Velez sa Amerika. Kaya ayun, no'ng Lunes na 'yon lindol. Andon ako sa Luneta Theater, nagta-trabaho. Gumuho ang Baguio City Hyatt; 50 ang patay," he recalled.

Dolphy also said he has had several operations, including a heart bypass.

Coffin ready

According to Dolphy's son, Eric Quizon, his father was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) five years ago.

In his book, Dolphy said he has always been ready to face his Maker.

"The inevitable will come. Kung dumating na ang oras mo, hindi ka na kokontra, wala ka nang magagawa. It's your time. Sabi nga nila, alam mo, 'pag malapit na. You feel it," Dolphy said.

In fact, the comedin said he already bought his own coffin.

"Matagal na itong chismis; I will confirm it. Mayro'n na nga akong kabaong bronze. No'n ko pa kinuha. Isa din ako sa kauna-unahang bumili ng family estate plan sa Loyola Memorial Park sa Marikina," he said.

Last wishes

In an interview on "TV Patrol" on Wednesday night, Eric Quizon said that when Dolphy was diagnosed with COPD he already talked to his children about his last wishes.

"Ito nga noong nalaman niyang mayroon siyang COPD nag-umpisa na siyang kausapin kami. Kumbaga noong time palang na yon, kumbaga inayos na niya lahat yung mga dapat ayusin. So naayos na namin yon," Eric said.

Quizon said even his father can't talk, they know that he is still fighting for his life.

"Maski na hindi niya kami kinakausap o di siya nagsasalita. Alam namin na lumalaban siya. Alam namin na he's still hanging on. We are hoping na makasama pa namin siya, makasama nating lahat," he said.