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Alma tells Dolphy: 'I will take care of Vandolph'

Posted at | Updated as of 07/13/12 3:07 AM

Ness says she admires Zsa Zsa

MANILA, Philippines -- Actor Vandolph Quizon is not without a loving parent even as his father, comedy king Dolphy has passed away. This, Alma Moreno reminded the late film icon.

Dolphy and former partner Alma Moreno. Composite image

Two days after Dolphy passed away, his former partner, actress Alma Moreno, assured the veteran actor that their son Vandolph Quizon will be taken care of.

"Dolphy, 'wag ka mag-alala kay Vandolph, hindi ko siya pababayaan," Moreno said on Thursday.

Vandolph, 28, is the comedy king's only child with Moreno, who was his partner for eight years.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News on Thursday, Moreno thanked Dolphy for raising and taking care of Vandolph.

Throughout the 15-year run of ABS-CBN sitcom "Home Along Da Riles" and its sequel, Vandolph also famously portrayed the son of Dolphy's character, Kevin Cosme.

With the passing of the veteran actor, Moreno expressed concern for their son, who recently inked a tattoo of his father's image on his arm.

"Importante sa 'kin naka-monitor ako kay Van. As a nanay nine-nerbyos ako sa kanya kasi nakita ko how close sila ni Dolphy, inaalalayan ko siya," Moreno said.

Thank you, Zsa Zsa

Vandolph Quizon with his wife Jenny Salimaw during the
necrological service for Dolphy on Wednesday

Moreno also expressed admiration for actress-singer Zsa Zsa Padilla, Dolphy's partner for 23 years, for standing by the film icon until he finally succumbed to his ailing health condition.

"Bilib din ako kay Zsa Zsa. Hindi niya iniwan, andoon lang siya sa tabi ni Dolphy," she said.

Before he died on Tuesday evening due to multiple organ failure, Dolphy still managed to crack jokes with members of his family who were at his side in the Makati Medical Center, where he was under intensive care for over a month.

Moreno also shared fond memories of his former partner, who she said had always been quite the jester.

"Si Dolphy, seryosong kausap pero may mga punchline palagi, tatawa ka talaga sa kanya. Kahit galit, hindi pa rin galit ang hitsura niya," she said. 

"Bilib ako kay Dolphy, hanggang sa huling sandali kumpleto ang mga anak niya, andun lahat, pine-prepare niya, hindi niya binigla," Moreno said, recounting the events leading up to his death on Tuesday.

National Artist

Throughout his stay at the hospital, Dolphy's family -- all 18 children and Padilla -- were at his side, enduring what his son Eric Quizon described as a "roller-coaster ride."

After his death, there has been a growing public clamor for Dolphy to be named a National Artist.

But for Moreno, a posthumous conferment of the country's top cultural honor serves little purpose.

"Wala na si Dolphy eh. Mas maganda kung andyan pa si Dolphy, mas maganda naramdaman niya binigyan siya ng parangal," Moreno said.

Moreno, who is on her last term as a councilor in Parañaque City, said she will go to the wake at the Heritage Park upon the advice of their son Vandolph.

"Dapat kanina pupunta ako, kaya lang sabi ni Van, 'Mama, huwag ka muna pumunta, inaayos pa. Mahaba pa naman, hanggang Sunday pa naman,'" she said.

The actress, who is also the president of the Philippine Councilors' League, also said Dolphy's death  coincided with several activities that required her presence as an officer of the league, which is why she was not able to rush to the veteran actor's side when he died on Tuesday evening. -- with reports from Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News; Ruby Tayag, dzMM