'Honesty is Dolphy's best legacy to Pinoys'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 13 2012 11:13 AM | Updated as of Jul 14 2012 04:10 AM

 

King of Comedy Dolphy

MANILA, Philippines - "Honesty." This is the best legacy that King of Comedy Dolphy left millions of Filipinos, according to his biographer, Bibeth Orteza.

"'Yung kanyang honesty. 'Yung sense of truth which was, I think, the primary tool that he used also as an actor. Without passing judgment kung sino ang direktor niya, kung sino ang kanyang writer, basta kung ano ang required ng kanyang role, he will attack it with the honesty that the role required. Walang contempt for whatever character he's portraying," Orteza told ABS-CBN News on Friday at The Heritage Park in Taguig.

"Kaya tuloy ang tao, ang memory ng kanyang portrayal ay ganoon na lang. He makes an impact on you because you know that you are looking at the mirror image. The guy who's saying that he is this character is telling the truth," she added.

Orteza shared that she once asked Dolphy why he is a great actor.

"Sabi niya 'wala akong teorya diyan. Siguro lang dahil nadaanan ko na ang lahat. Kung paano ang maging mahirap at kung paano ang gustong bumuti sa sitwasyon. Kung paano manligaw, magmahal, makipagkasira, magkaroon ng anak na pasaway, matakot na baka mawala ang anak sa iyo, magutom at muntik mamatay, nadanan ko na lahat 'yon. So 'yung pira-piraso ng experience na 'yon, nagagamit ko sa bawat portrayal ko.' So still, it was a sense of truth. Dahil nga pira-pirasong experience ang ginagamit niya, hindi peke ang pinanggalingan ng kanyang portrayal," she said.

Orteza said that with all the good words she has been hearing from the people who worked with Dolphy, it only proved that the actor had been very honest and genuine.

"Karamihan ngayon, confirmation ng mga alam ko sa kanya about his kindness, generosity, 'yung pagiging tao niyang totoo, 'yung pagiging mapagkalinga. Talagang walang kinwentong mali o fake ang Tito Dolphy.

"Doon sa punto ng pagtulong niya sa kapwa, tinanong ko sino-sino na ang mga tinulungan mo, hindi niya talaga ibibigay ang mga pangalan. Old school talaga na kapag tumulong ka, huwag mo nang sabihin. Sabi niya 'hihiyain mo pa 'yung tao.' Sabi niya 'basta tumulong ka, tumulong ka.''

Orteza wrote Dolphy's book "Hindi Ko Ito Narating Mag-Isa."