Brown says Dolphy’s death makes PH visit ‘bittersweet’
MANILA, Philippines – Retired Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) player Ricardo “Ricky” Brown was saddened by the demise of Philippine movie icon Dolphy, with whom he has co-starred in a comedy film back in the ‘80s.
Brown, who is currently in Manila for a meet and greet with his fans, said he was supposed to visit Dolphy at the Makati Medical Center, but didn’t make it on time.
“Obviously, this is all very bittersweet now with the passing of Tito Dolphy last night,” Brown, the first Filipino-American ever to play as a local in PBA, said through his Facebook page.
“I was in touch with the family last evening and was unable to visit the hospital on the scheduled time due to the dreadful EDSA traffic, and the plan was to go today or tomorrow. Sayang talaga.”
Brown is among PBA's 25 Greatest Players, having been part of the San Miguel Beer's grand slam team.
In 1987, he was featured in the comedy film “Action Is Missing: Crack Platoon” which had Dolphy in the leading role.
“The most memorable thing for me in the Philippines in my experience here in 10 years was how I was touched by Tito Dolphy in a movie in 1987. I learned first hand what a special man he is,” he told ABS-CBNnews.com.
He now offers his condolences to Dolphy’s family, who has to endure the movie icon’s passing.
“We must hold onto the fact that Tito Dolphy is now no longer suffering and is at total peace with God Himself. Let us continue to pray for the family.”