MANILA, Philippines - Dolphy's children are patiently keeping watch over the comedy king at the Makati Medical Center.
They go home only to take showers and to change their clothes.
One of Dolphy's sons, Rolly, said they try not to leave his side.
"Di kami naghihiwalay, di kami nagaaksaya ng panahon na makasama siya," he said.
Rolly said doctors met them and were honest about their father's condition.
Dolphy continues to fight for his life Thursday.
His children have urged him to hold on and to wait for their other siblings.
"24-48 hours ang binigay ng doctor pero sana tumagal pa dahil dadating pa yung mga siblings ko," Rolly said.
Dolphy has 18 children. Eleven are in the Philippines while 6 live in the US.
One of his sons, Freddie, passed away in 2005.
Rolly said they expect their brother, Boy, to arrive on Friday.
"Uuwi si Mariquit, at si Boy, tatay ni Boy2 mula sa San Diego," Rolly said.
Vandolph declined to face the media, saying he is still emotional.
But he said he remains optimistic about his father's condition.
He added that he is impressed with how his father has battled his illness.
Vandolph said his mother, Alma Moreno, cannot stop crying.
Alma is in Cebu, but plans to visit Dolphy on Friday.
Some of Dolphy's grandchildren are also in the hospital.
Rowell, one his his grandsons, is thankful for the outpouring of love and support for his family.
The daughter of Dolphy and Zsa Zsa Padilla, Nicole, has flown in from Australia.
He may be the king of comedy and a screen legend but to his children, Dolphy is simply a loving and supportive father. - ANC