|King of Comedy Dolphy and Divine Diva Zsa Zsa Padilla. File photo
MANILA, Philippines - Singer-actress Zsa Zsa Padilla is elated people are now rooting for her long-time partner, King of Comedy Dolphy to be named as a National Artist.
In her official Twitter account, Padilla admitted that she has always wanted Dolphy to be given the highest recognition for a Filipino artist.
"@mybabyneo01 thanks. I hope so, too. This has been our family's wish for him, too for many years now. But grateful he is still with us," Padilla tweeted.
Padilla also extended her appreciation to all the people who are campaigning for the veteran comedian to be named National Artist.
"Thank you, friends, for all your wonderful tweets about Dolphy. #DolphyForNationalArtist," she tweeted.
The debate over who deserves to be named National Artist was reignited after a lawmaker filed a bill pushing for superstar Nora Aunor to become a National Artist.
Others soon voiced their opinion that Dolphy and Aunor's rival, Batangas Governor Vilma Santos also deserve the recognition.
In an earlier interview, Santos said Dolphy should be hailed as National Artist, even before her and Aunor are considered for the honor.
For her part, Aunor said she was surprised to learn about the campaign to make her a National Artist. She said it would be an honor for her to be named National Artist.