MANILA, Philippines -- Actor Vandolph Quizon, a son of King of Comedy Dolphy, declared his admiration for his father as he accepted an award on his behalf on Friday.
|Vandolph Quizon during the awarding ceremony of "Diwa ng Lahi"
As the Philippine film icon remains in critical condition at the Makati Medical Center, Vandolph on Friday received the "Diwa ng Lahi" award for his father.
The award is the highest honor conferred by the city government of Manila among its citizens.
"Sobrang thank you po kay Mayor Lim at sa mga taga-Manila for giving this award to my dad. Sobrang iche-cherish namin to habang buhay, dahil itong award na 'to pinakamataas sa buong Manila, sobrang wow," Vandolph said.
Despite his many achievements throughout his 65-year career, Dolphy remains humbled and surprised by honors recognizing his being an artist, Vandolph said.
"Iilang tao lang naman ang nakakakuha ng ganitong parangal 'di ba, so 'pag nakakatanggap siya, 'Okay 'to ah,'" Vandolph said.
"'Yung mga award award sa dad namin, talagang thankful kami, kasi maski sila napapansin 'yung hirap ng tatay namin, sa ginagawa niya, dahil for 65 years nagpapatawa 'yung tao, nagpapaiyak, so sobrang malaking tuwa saming pamilya itong mga award na ganito," he added.
On the growing clamor to confer on his father the highest artistic recognition ni the country -- the National Artist award -- Vandolph said it might already be "too late."
"Ako, bahala na sila pero 'pag ganun naman parang too late na, pero kung itutuloy nila, thank you parin. My dad will be really happy of course," Vandolph said, adding, "He deserves it talaga."
With or without the recognitions, Vandolph grew up idolizing his father, the former child actor said.
"Idol ko 'yun eh. I was born and raised beside him. Kahit comedy, movies andun ako sa tabi niya, so lahat yun tinitingnan ko. Nung bata ako tinitingnan ko lang siya, paano ba ginagawa ng tatay ko 'to. Mahirap gayahin po 'yun, nag-iisa lang 'yun," Vandolph said.
"For me, national artist na ng buhay ko ang tatay ko noon pa," he added.
Vandolph also thanked those who continue to pray for the veteran actor, saying his family overwhelmed with the immense support.
"I would like to take this opportunity to say to everyone -- thank you sa mga nagdasal and still praying for my dad. 'Yun po talaga ang nagpapalakas ng loob ng tatay ko para labanan ang mga nararanasan niya ngayon.
"Sobra akong overwhelmed, I cannot explain it eh. Pero sa aming mga anak, ipapakita nalang namin 'yun sa paggawa, sa pakikitungo sa mga tao, para bumawi ba," he said.
On Friday evening, Dolphy's older son Eric Quizon said his father is suffering from pneumonia anew.
The king of Philippine comedy remains confined at the intensive care unit of the Makati Medical Center, where he was brought to over a week ago also because of pneumonia.
Dolphy is suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which hinders the flow of air to the lungs.
On the day-by-daty condition of his father, Vandolph said: "Everyday, he's fighting."