MANILA, Philippines – From the time the country’s Comedy King Dolphy was rushed to the Makati Medical Center on June 9 and on to the the many tributes after the veteran actor passed away on Tuesday night, his son, Eric Quizon, had been a picture of strength and grace.
As the appointed spokesman for the popular comedian’s family, Quizon faced the cameras and the media with admirable calm.
“A source of grace and strength? I tried my best,” Quizon said. “After this 'di ko alam kung bibigay na ako, I had no time to mourn him so hindi ko alam how I will handle myself.”
And on Sunday, Quizon finally gave in to grief, as his father was brought to his final resting place at the Heritage Park in Taguig.
But Quizon’s job is far from over.
With Dolphy’s upcoming birthday on July 25 – he would have turned 84 – Quizon and the rest of his siblings are set to gather again – and hopefully the mood would be a lot lighter.
“I want it to be a roast, laughter,” Quizon said.
Quizon also said he would lead the Dolphy Aid Para sa Pinoy Foundation, which aims to provide educational assistance to less fortunate children.
“That was our vision. Matagal na naming plinano ang adbokasiyang ito. Kaya kahit wala na siya, andyan pa rin ang legacy. Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat na dumamay sa amin,” he said.
Quizon is also hoping that the benefit screening of his father’s old movies at the Ayala Cinemas and other theatres around the country would be a success. – Report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News