MANILA, Philippines -- The growing clamor for the conferment of the National Artist award on King of Comedy Dolphy is reminiscent of what happened to the late King of Philippine movies Fernando Poe, Jr., according to Grace Poe Llamanzares.
|Composite image of Fernando Poe, Jr. and Dolphy
Llamanzares, daughter of Poe, is currently the chairman of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).
Speaking to ABS-CBN News on Friday, Llamanzares said she and her mother, veteran actress Susan Roces, cannot help but recount a similar incident when Filipinos pushed for the proclamation of FPJ as a National Artist when he was in critical condition.
"Ngayon na nagkakaganyan na ang sitwasyon, ngayon lumalabas lahat ng pagre-recognize. Syempre kahit paano nagbalik-tanaw din," she said.
"Kung kailan nasa ICU si FPJ noon -- syempre bumabalik 'yan sa isipan namin, ng mom ko -- so nagiging emotional siya. Doon lang din nakikilala 'yung contribution nila sa sining at sa pangkalahatan at ganyan din nangyari kay Tito Dolphy ngayon," she added.
FPJ, who died from cerebral thrombosis and multiple organ failure in 2004, was posthumously honored in 2006 as a National Artist.
"Ano ba naman lahat ng recognition kung hindi na maririnig at maa-appreciate ng tao," said Llamanzares, who believes that Dolphy should have been proclaimed National Artist while he was still in the pink of health.
"Pero tama nga 'yung sinabi ng iba na ang National Artist dumadaan sa proseso, pero sana noon pa noong 2009 ay pinag-pursigihan 'yang gawin. Lahat tayo guilty diyan, dapat tinulak natin 'yang proseso na 'yan na maumpisahan noon pa," the MTRCB chairman added.
Meanwhile, Llamanzares said she and her family continue to pray for Dolphy.
"Nakikidalamhati ang aming pamilya, sobrang emotional, kasi sa industriya natin, marami kang kaibigan, pero mabibilang mo lang talaga 'yung mga sinsero at tunay na kaibigan," she said.