Dolphy remembered on 40th day

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 18 2012 02:21 PM | Updated as of Aug 18 2012 11:22 PM

Friends and family gather at Dolphy's tomb at the Heritage Park in Taguig to commemorate the 40th day since his passing. Photo courtesy of Gretchen Fullido, ABS-CBN News

MANILA, Philippines – Today marks the 40th day since the passing of the country's King of Comedy.

Family and friends of the late film icon Rodolfo "Dolphy" Vera Quizon, Sr. on Saturday gathered at the Heritage Park in Taguig, where his remains lie, to commemorate the 40th day since his death.

A prized luminary of the local entertainment industry, whose career spanned 65 years, Dolphy died on July 10 after a five-year battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He was 83.

The comedy king's family quietly held a memorial service on Saturday, with a number of celebrities in attendance, including Dolphy's daughter onscreen, actress Maricel Soriano.

Dolphy's sons Epi and Eric during the memorial service for the comedy king. Photo courtesy of Gretchen Fullido, ABS-CBN News

Dolphy's family had previously gathered for his birthday on July 25, when he would have turned 84, with most of his children present.

Considered a ladies' man, Dolphy had 18 children with six different relationships over the years. Among them is Ronnie Quizon, who had said plans are also underway for public commemoration of the 40th day since the film icon's passing.

"We're not hesitant to do anything for our dad if the nation wants it, but we'll work it out. Basta meron lang kaming moment for ourselves, 'yun lang. Importante 'yun, basta meron kaming moment for ourselves, for the family lang.

"My dad lived for everyone, not just our family. He really loved the Filipinos, he loved his audiences, so it's only fair na we let people in on whatever it is that goes on," he said.