'There is only one Dolphy,' says Romero
MANILA, Philippines -- Their friendship and on-screen partnership spans decades. Now, veteran actress Gloria Romero tearfully says goodbye to the country's king of comedy, who she endearingly calls "kumpadre."
|Romero visits Dolphy's wake at the Heritage Park in Taguig
Romero on Thursday afternoon visited the wake of film icon Dolphy at the Heritage Park in Taguig.
The veteran actress, in an interview with media, recalled her early years in showbusiness, with no less than Dolphy as her co-star in many of her films.
"Napakarami kong fond memories of Dolphy, kasi we're both from Sampaguita. During our time in Sampaguita, ang-dami kong nagawang pelikula with him," Romero said.
In 1952, Romero joined the stable of artists of Sampaguita Pictures, the same year Dolphy joined the popular film production company.
They would go on to co-star in several projects such as "Kurdapya" (1954), "Dalagang Ilocana" (1954), "Despatsadora" (1955), "Hindi Basta-Basta" (1955), "Hootsy Kootsy" (1955), "Vacacionista" (1956), and "Pagoda" (1958).
Their long working relationship led to a close friendship. Dolphy would become the godfather of Romero's only daughter, Maritess; and she would become the godmother of the veteran actor's daughter Salud.
"Ang tawag ko sa kanya 'kumpadre.' He's my kumpadre. Inaanak ko si Salud, at a very young age pa ako noon. At inaanak niya 'yung aking kaisa-isa kong anak na si Maritess, so buong-buo ang aming pagka-kumpadre," Romero said.
The veteran actress also affirmed testaments to Dolphy's good-heartedness. Not once has the comedy king trumpeted his achievements during his 65-year showbiz career, Romero said.
"Tulad ng sinasabi ng lahat ng mga naririnig niyo na siya ay napakabait, totoo 'yun. He's a very nice person. Just loving.
"Behind the camera, magugulat kayo, he's very quiet. Hindi siya hambog eh. Wala kang madidinig sa kanya na mga achievements niya, hindi niya pinagmamalaki," she said.
'Only one Dolphy'
Romero said she she hopes the new generation of actors and actresses will emulate the humility of the film icon.
"Sana tularan siya ng ating mga newcomers. Being humble is something that is appreciated," she said.
Though many may seek to learn from Dolphy's example, Romero said the veteran actor's achievements in the entertainment industry will remain unparalleled.
"Sino kaya ang aabot ng more than 60 years sa industriya? Marami siyang taong pinaligaya, marami siyang taong natulungan, so there is nothing like Dolphy. There is only one Dolphy, only one," Romero said.
Now two days since his passing on Tuesday due to multiple organ failure, Romero tearfully said goodbye to her "kumpadre" and colleague for more than 50 years.
"My kumpadre, wherever you are now, paalam. Rest in peace. We all love you. Ipagdasal mo nalang kaming lahat na nandito sa mundo. We love you."