Filipinos in Kuwait, Oman mourn Dolphy

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 13 2012 04:39 PM | Updated as of Jul 14 2012 12:39 AM

KUWAIT – Filipinos in the Middle East are also grieving the loss of the one and only Comedy King Dolphy.

Members of the Samahan ng mga Pilipinong Mang-Aawit sa Kuwait (SPMK) used music to express their sympathy to the Quizon family and to the Filipino people for the death of Dolphy or Rodolfo Vera Quizon Sr. in real life.

The group sang "Handog," "Special Memory," "Through the Years," and "Paglisan."

“Nakakalungkot kasi isa ako sa mga sumasaya tuwing napapanood ko siya sa 'Home Along Da Riles',” said Nomer Cervantes.

With Dolphy’s death, the group and several performing artists in Kuwait join the mounting call for Dolphy to be awarded as National Artist.

“Panahon na ibigay sa kanya ang national artist. Hindi lingid sa ating kaalaman ang malaking kontribusyon niya na naibigay sa industriya,” said John Lozano, president of the SPMK.

The group is set to perform a tribute to the comedy king this weekend.

Like SPML, the group Filipino Cultural Club or FCC also believes that Dolphy truly deserves the award.

“Aanhin pa ang damo kung patay na ang kabayo…Pero hindi pa huli ang lahat. Kay Dolphy, Maraming salamat sa anim na dekadang pagpapatawa!” said Mildred Lacson, FCC’s Executive Director.

In Muscat, Oman, Dolphy fan Maricar Condrada recounted how she would watch John en Marsha from the black and white television set of their neighbor.

“Nung panahon na yun ay ang TV ay black and white. At noong time na yun ay wala pa po kaming TV. Nangangapitbahay pa po ako para makinood lang ng TV para mapanood ang John en Marsha,” said Condrada.
 
Since then, Condrada followed the movies and television programs which starred the comedy king.

Like Condrada, Labor Attache Ernesto Bihis is also a big fan of Dolphy.

“Ako ay isa sa kanyang tagahanga dahil ako ay mahilig manood ng mga pelikula niya at mga sitcom niya ay hindi nakakalampas sa akin lalo na nong John en Marsha,” Bihis said.

John en Marsha, which co-starred the late Nida Blanca, became one of the longest-running television shows in the Philippines.

“Syempre, mami-miss ko siya kasi comedy king siya sa Pilipinas. Syempre mami-miss mo ang tawanan niya ang mga kalokohan niya marami siyang napaihi na Filipino,” said another Dolphy fan, Norcia Mohammed.

On Tuesday night, Dolphy died due to multiple organ failure at the Makati Medical Center.

“Nakikiramay po ako sa buong pamilya ni the king of comedy Dolphy. Nalulungkot po, kasi idolo ko po siya simula noong bata ako,” added Condrada.

For Josephine Franquia, Dolphy is already a legend.

“Nalulungkot ako para sa bansa natin kasi he is a legend,” she said.

For Bihis, Dolphy’s death is a great loss to the Philippine movie industry.

“Malaking kawalan sa industriyang Filipino si Dolphy bagamat sinasabi natin na nobody is indispensible kung hindi raw sana napulitika si Dolphy, dapat ay naigawad sa kanya ang national artist award noong siya ay nabubuhay pa,” Bihis said.

Franquia added, “Ganun naman talaga ang Filipino mentality. Kung kailan patay na ang isang tao saka naalala kung ano yung nagawa niya”. - Reports from Maxxy Santiago and Rowen Soldevilla, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau