|Sylvia La Torre
CALIFORNIA - Sylvia La Torre, the Philippines’ Queen of Kundiman, has fond memories of the late King of Comedy Dolphy Quizon.
La Torre said she was only 15 years old when she and Quizon worked with Sampaguita Pictures.
Now at age 79 and living in Southern California, she said she was saddened by Dolphy's death earlier this week.
“I would like to extend our condolences to the family of Dolphy. Ang masasabi ko, nagkita kami ni Dolphy bata kami, sa Sampaguita. I was only 15. Dolphy was like 20 pero lagi kami nagkikita sa make-up room sa canteen,” she said.
She added: “Pagkatapos when I got married and he got married, we always see each other sa Chinatown sa Ongpin. We eat in a very famous Chinese place there and every Sunday dala niya ang mga anak niya, dala ko din ang mga anak ko mga 7, 6 ganon. Halos every Sunday yum nagkakita kami. Kamustahan ganyan-ganyan.”
While the two never worked together in a movie, La Torre did make a guest appearance in Dolphy’s hit 90’s sitcom “Home Along Da Riles.”
La Torre said her father, the late Olive La Torre, directed Dolphy many times.
“Purong hanga ang naririnig ko sa daddy ko tungkol sa kanya. At kahit kami, hindi naman kasama sa MBA shooting, sa mga pelicula para bang pag nakikita kami, we were the best of friends. Parang buddy buddy na kami. Biang, tatawagin ako, biang. Kaya yun hindi ko talaga malilimutan si Dolphy,” she said.
La Torre agrees with many other actors and actresses who said Dolphy's impact extended beyond the studio.
She said she makes it a point to pass down the lessons of Dolphy to her own family, especially her granddaughter and Disney turned Broadway star Anna Maria Perez De Tagle.
“Lagi pinaaala ko sa kanya, ‘You reach the peak of your success, remain humble.’ Ganyan-ganyan ako, ganyan si Dolphy. Napakagandang traits yun, di ba? Di na malimutan ng tao …ang kanyang makagandang ugali,” she said.