Ness thanks Dolphy for raising Vandolph
MANILA, Philippines – Theirs may not have been a relationship that was meant to last, but former actress Alma Moreno said she learned a lot from her former partner, the late "King of Comedy" Dolphy.
|Alma Moreno visits Dolphy's wake at the Heritage Park in Taguig
Moreno on Friday afternoon visited the Heritage Park in Taguig, where the film icon's wake is being held until Sunday.
Dolphy, Moreno's partner for eight years, succumbed to an ailing health condition Tuesday night.
The former actress was tearful as she relived her romance with the veteran actor, with whom she has a son, former child star Vandolph Quizon.
"Unang-una kasing pinagsamahan naming 'yung 'Titser's Pet.' Hindi ko akalain na ganoon siya (Dolphy) ka-seryoso kasi komedyante. Sa set seryoso siya. Ang style niya punchline. Seryoso pero magpapatawa siya," Moreno told reporters on Friday.
In the wake of filming for the 1981 movie, Moreno and Dolphy's working relationship would take a romantic turn.
In his biographical novel "Hindi Ko Ito Mararating Mag-Isa" written by screenwriter Bibeth Orteza, Dolphy said he had only intended to befriend the woman known popularly then as "Ness."
"Hindi ko masabing type ko na siya agad. Natapos muna ang pelikula, nag-outing kami ng grupo, nauwi sa sayawan. Ang disco, hindi lang mabilis na music ang tugtog, biglang nagkaka-slow drag.
"Hindi ko intensyon na maging seryoso ang relasyon. Pirmero, parang barka-barkada. Then, nagbiyahe sina Baby at ang mga bata, si Ronnie lang naiwan. Habang wala sila, do’n kami naging close ni Ness," Dolphy said.
The former sexy star recounted -- even though Dolphy had already won her heart, the film icon would still "court" her friends and family, especially her son Mark Anthony, her child with the late actor Rudy Fernandez.
"'Yung time na niligawan niya ako, lahat niligawan niya. Kasi anak ko na noon si Mark. Pati si Mark niligawan niya, ganoon siya kabait," she said.
'Our son, Van'
Moreno and Dolphy would go on to live together for eight years. In that span of time, Moreno shared, she learned a lot from the veteran actor.
"Sa pagsasama namin, halos pareho kami ng ugali -- matulungin, mapagbigay, mapagpa-kumbaba. [Natutunan ko sa kanya] 'yung gaano man kataas ang narating mo, dapat diyan ka lang. 'Yung ang lagi niyang sinasabi sa'kin, 'Huwag kang tataas, 'yung paa mo nakaapak lang sa lupa.' 'Yun ang natutunan ko sa kanya," Moreno said.
At the time, Moreno was busy headlining her show "Loveli-Ness," which Dolphy admitted to have been among the causes of their disagreements.
The year 1989 would see their separation, but Moreno said she is thankful that Dolphy's love for their son Vandolph only grew stronger, as the former child star lived under his father's roof.
"Thank you dahil hindi nagbago 'yung pagmamahal mo sa anak natin, si Vandolph," Moreno said.
"Hanggang ngayon, hanggang magka-apo siya, andiyan siya. Kumbaga hindi man kami [nagkatuluyan], lahat binigay niya para sa anak namin, si Van. Kaya, Dolphy, thank you," Moreno said.