MANILA, Philippines -- Singer Zia Quizon is still trying to cope with the passing of her father, Comedy King Dolphy.
|Zia Quizon during the necrological service for Dolphy
Actress-singer Zsa Zsa Padilla on Thursday said her daughter with the late film icon is having difficulty coming to terms with her father's death.
On Tuesday evening, the veteran actor passed away due to multiple organ failure.
"Si Zia medyo nahihirapan kasi alam ninyo the past few years naka-sentro ang aming schedule, ang aming mga lakad, kay Dolphy," Padilla told members of the press at the Heritage Park in Taguig, where Dolphy's wake is being held until Sunday.
During the tribute program for the veteran actor on Wednesday, Padilla said Dolphy struggled with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for six years. In February 2012, the singer's unexpected breakdown during a press conference hinted at Dolphy's worsening condition.
Over the years that Dolphy battled with his illness, his family made considerable adjustments in their daily lives, Padilla shared.
"Kahit mag-babakasyon kami, iniisip namin kung kailan namin kailangan bumalik. Kadalasan nakikiusap kami sa family members, mga anak niya, kung pwede pabantay, kung kailangan namin ng kaunting break," Padilla said.
Dolphy has 18 children from five relationships. Among them are daughters Nicole and Zia from his 23-year relationship with Padilla.
"So naninibago kami na 'di na namin kailangan i-consider 'yung ganung bagay," Padilla said. "Katulad kahapon, sabi ko, 'Zia, we can leave and go on a vacation and not think of when we should be back.' Kasi palaging ganoon. 'Kawawa naman si Papa, maiiwan si Papa.' So, nakakapanibago," Padilla said.
Now that Nicole and Zia are without their father, Padilla said she is grateful to her eldest daughter, singer Karylle, for being there for her sisters.
"Si Karylle, she holds my phone 'pag alam niyang 'di ko na kaya. She talks to my daughters also pag umiiyak sila.
"Napakaswerte ko pagdating sa mga anak ko. Swerte ako in the sense na hindi lang ako 'yung gumagabay sa kanila. Sila na, inaalalayan na rin nila ako. Naaasahan ko na sila," Padilla said.
Although her daughters are now adults, Padilla said she continues to take care of her well-being to be at their side.
"Mahal ko 'yung mga anak ko, kaya I try to be strong for them," she said.