MANILA, Philippines – Carlos Padilla, the father of Zsa Zsa Padilla, is sad that he cannot make it back to the Philippines to pay his last respects to Comedy King Dolphy.
Padilla, however, admitted that he is mourning for Dolphy and that he follows the news about Dolphy through the coverage of ABS-CBN.
He also said he feels privileged to have worked with Doplhy in Sampaguita Pictures in the 1950s.
But what really brought him closer to the veteran comedian is Dolphy’s more than two-decade relationship with his daughter.
“Si Zsa Zsa ganun eh, alam mo bihira ang ganun kapag minahal ang isang tao, talagang forever... Isipin mo 25 years na sila ni Dolphy, hindi sila naghihiwalay. Kapag may sakit si Dolphy, hindi siya makaalis, hindi maka-concert,” he said.
Padilla said he is happy for his daughter to have found someone like Doplhy.
Meanwhile, he also recalled the time when Dolphy and Zsa Zsa spent a long time together in Las Vegas.
“Noong magkasakit, inoperahan siya sa bato, mayroon siyang catheter sa hita niya. Taon hindi siya nagtrabaho, dito nag-stay, dito nagpagamot, dito nagpaopera. Iyon ang pinakamatagal na inactive siya. Akala nga namin hindi na siya babalik sa showbiz, 'yun ang pinakamatagal ni Dolphy na nag-stay,” he said. -- from a report by Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau