MANILA, Philippines – Only hours before his father is finally laid to rest, actor Vandolph Quizon said he has yet to fully grasp the passing of the country's King of Comedy.
|Vandolph Quizon with his wife Jenny Salimaw during the
necrological service for Dolphy last Wednesday
Vandolph on Saturday admitted he is not fully prepared to bury his father, film icon Dolphy.
The burial for the veteran actor's remains is set on Sunday at The Heritage Park in Taguig. Dolphy struggled with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for six years, before he finally succumbed to the illness last Tuesday.
"Kinakabahan ako. Hindi pa nga nagsi-sink in masyado eh," Vandolph told members of the media at the Heritage Park, where Dolphy's wake is being held.
The former child star said he has been trying to prepare for the burial by praying, especially for the discernment that his father is now "in a better place."
"Prayers lang, nagda-dasal lang ako sa Diyos na bigyan ako ng lakas ng loob [para] sa tatay ko, na samahan ako, samahan kami bukas na magkakapatid, na matanggap naman sa damdamin namin at puso na we know na he's happy and better in his life now. No more pain, happiness lang," Vandolph said.
With his father having made a mark in the entertainment industry throughout his 65-year career, Vandolph said he can only hope to achieve a fraction of his father's success.
"I'll just do what I was taught to do, kasi lumaki ako sa tabi ng tatay ko eh, so nakita ko kung paano niya gawin ang komedya.
"But I cannot be Dolphy; Dolphy's only one. I can only be the likes of him. I can be Vandolph, kasi doon din ako swerte eh, kasi dinikit niya 'yung pangalan niya sa'kin. Itataguyod ko 'yun kahit paano in my own little way," he said.