MANILA, Philippines – Director-actor Eric Quizon, son of the late King of Comedy Dolphy, recalled how his father defended him from people who teased him for being an “anak sa labas” (bastard).
Eric, who has served as his family’s main spokesman since news of Dolphy’s worsening condition came out, said his father never made him feel that he was less important for being born out of wedlock.
“That time tinutukso nila ako na ‘anak sa labas, anak sa labas!’ So parang masakit iyun kasi at that age hindi mo iniisip yun eh,” Eric told ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda in an interview at The Heritage Park in Taguig City.
“Sabi niya (Dolphy), ‘wala iyun, walang anak sa labas. Anak kita paano ka magiging anak sa labas,’” he added.
Eric, along with Ronaldo, Madonna and Jeffrey, are Dolphy’s children with Alice Smith.
Dolphy had his first six children with Engracita Dominguez namely: Manuel, Salud, Rodolfo Jr., Wilfredo, Edgardo and Raul.
No one believed Dolphy was my dad
Eric said at first, no one believed that Dolphy was his father.
He said he had to bring his father to school at the Ateneo to prove to his classmates that the famous actor was his father.
He said Dolphy did not hesitate to accompany him to school, even it was not yet widely known that the actor has another family.
“When I was a kid, walang naniniwala sa akin na anak ako ni Dolphy kahit kamukha ko siya. Hindi nila alam na may ibang pamilya si Dolphy at ang alam lang nila 'yung first family,” Eric said.
"Sabi ko 'dad hindi sila naniniwala sa akin.' Sabi niya 'okay sige susunduin kita bukas.' Sinundo niya ako sa eskwela at bumaba ng kotse, dala niya yung Mr. Slim na Mercedes Benz sa Ateneo. Bumaba siya tapos ipinarada ko talaga siya. Sabi niya 'halika ikot tayo.'"
I'll endure the pain
Eric said the death of a loving father has yet to fully sink in.
"Maybe hindi pa siya nagsi-sink in sa akin ngayon but definitely I know, mami-miss ko siya, at alam ko na mararamdaman ko lahat ng pain, and that is something I have to endure, something I have to go through," he said.
Dolphy was a real warrior during the last months of his life, Eric said of his dad, who had several bouts of pneumonia.
Eric said his dad served as the entire family’s source of strength.
“I guess my dad’s my inspiration, like I said, yung time na iyun alam kong naghihirap siya, na kinakaya niya. So what more pa kami na may lakas pa kami physically… My dad’s always been an inspiration for me. I will always look up to him. He has always been my rock.”