MANILA, Philippines – Epi Quizon, son of Comedy King Dolphy, shared their final moments with their father at the Makati Medical Center last Tuesday.
Speaking with ABS-CBN News at the Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig on Thursday, Quizon said he was on his way to a celebration for an acting award he recently received when he got a call about his father’s deteriorating condition.
|Actor Epi Quizon shares how their family spent their final moments with Comedy King Doplhy.
He admitted that he was not prepared to hear the bad news but he immediately went straight to the hospital.
“When I got there, all my brothers were there except Eric and Kuya Junior because they were taping sa Bataan," he said.
"Dumating ako doon tapos nakikita mo na 'yung blood pressure niya slowly decreasing pero alam mo na 'yung metro na iyon, hindi na tataas. Ayaw namin iparamdam sa Daddy ko na umiiyak kami. Of course may mga umiiyak, may mga lalabas, may mga very emotional,” he recalled.
Quizon said he approached his father in a manner that he hoped would lighten up everyone’s mood.
“I don’t want to say goodbye to my dad. He will be forever with me. Why will I say bye? So sabi ko, ‘Dad, huwag ka matakot. Just go for it. Baka makita mo pa diyan si Mamang at si Papang, si Tito Panch, Tito Bob.’ Nagsunuran na 'yung family ko... Parang naging light, pati mga kapatid ko naging light,” he said.
Quizon said they will definitely miss their father, but they would also rather not see him suffer.
“Even my siblings, kumbaga, masakit kasi mami-miss namin siya pero mas masakit 'yung nakikita namin siya na naghihirap,” he said.
Quizon also shared his disappointment over how the news about his father’s death first broke on social media.
“Nakakataba ng puso kasi alam namin na maraming nagmamahal sa tatay ko. Pero in a way, ilang din kami dahil may mga nagkakalat na namatay na siya, na pinangungunahan kami. Mabigat sa amin iyon – sabihin na patay na tatay mo,” he said.
Quizon was referring to those who tweeted about Dolphy’s death even before their family made any confirmation.
He said he isn’t angry at specific people but he also said it was not right.
“Hindi ako galit. I’m not saying I’m pissed off... Ang sa akin lang, magulo lang. Do they want him to get better or do they want him dead? May ganun lang,” he said.
Despite this, Quizon expressed his gratitude to all the people who have prayed for Dolphy while he was still at the hospital. He also thanked people who offered their condolences to their family.
“Maraming, maraming salamat sa inyo. Siguro kaya nangyayari ang pinagdarasal niyo kami kasi alam ko, 'yung tatay ko pinagdarasal niya kayo araw-araw,” he said.
Dolphy died at the age of 83 on July 10.
His remains currently lie at the Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig and wake is open to public until between 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Saturday. He is set to be laid to rest on Sunday.