Maricel pays last respects to 'daddy' Dolphy

by Shiela Reyes, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Jul 11 2012 06:52 PM | Updated as of Jul 12 2012 06:55 AM

Actress Maricel Soriano paid her last respects to the countrys comedy king Dolphy. File Photo

MANILA, Philippines – Actress Maricel Soriano paid her last respects to the country’s “comedy king” Dolphy on Wednesday.

Soriano, who played Dolphy’s daughter in the long-running sitcom "John en Marsha," broke to tears as she went near the coffin of the veteran comedian.

She was accompanied by one of Dolphy’s sons, Eric.

In his biography “Dolphy: Hindi Ko Ito Narating Mag-Isa,” the comedy king described Soriano as “ang anak namin ni Nida (Blanca).”

Dolphy said he was amazed by Soriano’s passion in acting even before they worked together in “John en Marsha.”

“Nakasama ko si Maricel Soriano noong lumabas ako sa isang musical cameo, sa pelikula ni Lotis. Nagalingan ako sa kanya. Pina-guest ko sa Buhay Artista so mga ano pa yan, bago mag Martial Law, before September 1972,” he said.

Certainly treasuring his relationship with Soriano, Dolphy said he gave Soriano some advice when she would ask for it before, like how he does with his own children.

“Hindi ko talaga ugali magbigay ng payo sa hindi ko anak, unless nagtatanong sa akin. But when she asked me about yung may kissing scene daw siya, eh sabi ko naman medyo bold yon at her age. Pati image mo madadale, maski na ba may katarayan ka. Noon pa kasi, maano na siya, matalas ang bibig,” he said.

Although Dolphy admitted that he felt bad when Soriano left “John en Marsha,” the comedian said he is proud that the actress was able to establish a name for herself in the industry.

“Siyempre sumama rin ang loob ko pero we hjave to move on, ika nga. So okay lang... at least naging si Maria siya. Ibig kong sabihin, nagkaroon ng sariling pangalan hindi lang naging kaagapay ng John en Marsha,” he said.