MANILA, Philippines -- A recent revelation by Cecile Guidote-Alvarez that Dolphy may have had a chance to be declared a National Artist in 2009 were it not for his earlier gay roles has been met with outrage from his supporters.
Alvarez, a National Artist for Theater, said that in 2009, when deliberations were ongoing, then-Cultural Center of the Philippines head Dr. Nicanor Tiongson said Dolphy’s gay roles were supposedly “demeaning” to the gay community.
Dolphy’s early gay roles were in comedies such as “Jack and Jill”, “Darna, Kuno?”, and “Facifica Falayfay”, among many other roles. Later in his career, he took on a more serious gay role in “Markova: Comfort Gay”, with which he starred along with two of his sons, Eric and Jeffrey Quizon.
“Markova: Comfort Gay” was based on the life of Walter Dempster Jr., also known as Walterina Markova, who became a sex slave or “comfort gay” during World War II.
There has been no statement from Tiongson on the issue as of posting.