MANILA, Philippines – What do King of Philippine Comedy Rodolfo “Dolphy” Vera Quizon, former President Fidel V. Ramos, the late ABS-CBN founder Eugenio “Geny” Lopez and the late Jaime Cardinal Sin have in common?
All four of them share the same birth year, 1928, also known as the Year of the Blue Dragon.
Last Wednesday, ABS-CBN chairman and chief executive officer Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III noted that 1928 is the Year of the Blue Dragon which, he said, only happens every 60 years.
“An extraordinary year in which many extraordinary people were born,” Lopez said in his eulogy for Dolphy, who he described as “a symbol for the ordinary Filipino.”
But what is a blue dragon?
The blue dragon is a prominent creature in Chinese mythology, and is also called the water dragon.
It is widely believed that persons born in the Year of the Blue Dragon are generous, independent, free-spirited and creative, traits that are often associated with the country’s Comedy King.
Chinese mythology also claims that the blue dragon is the most powerful of all animal signs, with people born under this sign becoming leaders in their chosen fields.
In the case of Dolphy, he became the country’s leader in terms of comedy, television and film.
Those who have worked with Dolphy have been consistent in saying that the Comedy King was a very generous person.
His long-time partner, Zsa Zsa Padilla, in particular, noted that there were times when he helped others, even at his own expense.
“Kung meron siyang kapintasan, palagi kong sinasabi, ‘yun ay ang pagiging sobra niyang mapagbigay. Mahirap magsabi sa kanya na may gusto kang bagay kasi kung mahal ka niya, gagawin niya ang lahat para maibigay niya sa iyo,” Padilla shared.
After doing projects from big film productions like Sampaguita, Dolphy founded RVQ Productions whose name came from his initials.
Dolphy was the first actor to portray gay roles in movies watched by traditional Filipino audiences, another testament to his courage and independence.
During his lifetime, Dolphy proved that he can do more than comedy. He was the only actor in the world who received both the Best Actor and Best Actress awards at the same time for his film “Markova: Comfort Gay” at the Brussels Film Festival in 2000.
On top of acting, the Comedy King tried his hand at directing and producing, proving his creativity and artistic skill.
And just like the Blue Dragon, Dolphy is not easily controlled and influenced, as shown by his refusal to run for public office despite his high chances of winning in the elections.
Instead of joining politics, he opted to campaign for his close friend, the late King of Philippine movies Fernando Poe Jr., when he ran in the 2004 presidential elections.