JERSEY CITY, New Jersey – Filipinos eating at a restaurant were shocked to hear the news on The Filipino Channel (TFC) that the King of Comedy died at the age of 83 in Manila.
Many of them say they grew up watching Dolphy on television and on the big screen.
“When we were kids, we will all sit down and watch John en Marsha and then Home Along Da Riles,” said Jerry Calubiran from New Milford, NY.
April Castillo extended her condolences not just to the Quizon family, but to the entire Filipino people.
“Malungkot din. Nakikiramay sa Pilipinas, sa mga tao sa Pilipinas, kasi alam ko na malungkot din sila doon na yung comedy king natin wala na siya. Malaki ang na-contribute niya sa showbiz industry,” said Castillo.
Meanwhile, a Filipina said she has ties with the Quizon family as Dolphy's late sister Sony Quizon, was her godmother.
She said her father, Jose Cambe, was adopted and grew up in the Quizon household.
“When my father was very young, at age 15, from the province of Zambales, he came to the city in Manila and somehow he met the parents of Dolphy who took pity on him and more or less semi adopted him and he grew up in their house,” said Ms. Cambe.
She added that she will miss Dolphy's kindness and generosity.
“I offer my heartfelt condolence to the family. They're a very good family. They took care of my father,” she said.