MANILA, Philippines -- On-screen and off-screen, he played son to his father, the country's King of Comedy, Dolphy. Now two weeks since he was laid to rest, Vandolph Quizon now yearns for the company of the late film icon.
|Vandolph Quizon with his wife Jenny Salimaw during the
necrological service for Dolphy early this month
"I miss him so much," Vandolph told ABS-CBN News on Wednesday, when the film icon's family came together to "quietly" celebrate his 84th birthday.
"[Pero] life must go on, ika nga," Vandolph added. "Sa lahat ng tinuro niya sa 'kin at nakuha ko sa kanya, I still keep making people happy."
Much like his father, Vandolph's showbiz career has seen him mostly as a comedian in his various portrayals in television and film.
Filipino audiences saw him grow up on television as Baldo, the son of Dolphy's Kevin Cosme, in ABS-CBN's long-running sitcom "Home Along Da Riles," which aired for 15 years along with its sequel.
Vandolph, who is the veteran actor's only son with former actress Alma Moreno, now yearns to feel the presence of his father, who took responsibility of raising him after his separation from Moreno.
"Hindi nga ako nananaginip eh, gusto ko nga eh, o magparamdam man lang, ayaw eh. 'Pa, kailan ba?' I always wake up at 3 a.m. or 4 a.m., 'I just want to feel you, I just want to hug you for the last time.' Ayaw pa eh. Pero in time," Vandolph said.
"Siguro expressway na gingamit niya, deretso heaven na siguro, kaya okay na siya 'diba," he added.