Comedians give final tribute to Dolphy

by Jon Carlos Rodriguez, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Jul 15 2012 12:27 AM | Updated as of Jul 16 2012 01:02 AM

A night of laughter before the King of Comedy is laid to rest

MANILA, Philippines – Comedians paid their final tribute to Dolphy the way the country’s king of comedy would have wanted: by making the audience laugh.

On Saturday, two of Dolphy’s protégés showed that they learned from only the best by sharing funny anecdotes on their relationship with the comedy icon.

Director Cesar Cosme, who started out as a production assistant in the sitcom “John En Marsha,” described himself as one of Dolphy’s “soldiers” in comedy.

Cosme worked with the comedian in a number of projects, and shared that his name was the basis of the iconic “Kevin Cosme” in “Home Along Da Riles.”

“Ang kwento niyan, noong nauso ang ‘Robin Hood,’ sabi ko sa director, may bago akong screen name: Kevin Cosme,” he said. Kevin Costner was the star in 1991 film, "Robin Hood: The Prince of Thieves."

Cosme joked that he did not receive “royalties” from the show's use of Kevin Cosme.

Cosme said he learned a lot from Dolphy, whom he also considers as a father figure.

“Ipagpapatuloy natin ang komedya na sinimulan mo,” he said.

Brod Pete brings house down

Isko Salvador, popularly known as “Brod Pete,” also cracked jokes during the final tribute held at The Heritage Park in Taguig City.

Salvador, who also started his career on “John En Marsha,” poked fun at some of Dolphy’s children.

At one point, Salvador called Eric Quizon “the best comedian in the whole of Blue Ridge [Subdivision].”

Salvador was a writer in Quizon’s show “Buddy En Sol.”

Comedians Arnel Ignacio and Pokwang also paid tribute to Dolphy, saying the comedy king inspired them at some point in their lives.

Pokwang, who co-starred in the defunct “Quizon Avenue,” called Dolphy a “blessing” in her life as a comedian and as a single parent.

Laughter yoga

Dolphy’s biographer Bibeth Orteza ended the tribute by inviting the guests to do “laughter yoga.”

Orteza encouraged Dolphy’s loved ones to give a big “belly laugh” for the comedy king.

“We want to end the night laughing. Kasi si Dolphy naman, hindi natin makakalimutan dahil tuwing tumatawa tayo, maaalala natin siya,” she said.

Among the celebrities who paid their last respects to Dolphy on Saturday night include Maricel Soriano, Kris Aquino, Sunshine Cruz, Randy Santiago, Raymond Gutierrez, Liz Uy, Sarah Geronimo, Jericho Rosales, Gary Valenciano, Kuh Ledesma;

Vina Morales; Jaime Rivera, Ali Sotto, Iya Villania, Jay Contreras of Kamikazee, Coleen Garcia, Gab Valenciano, Aiko Melendez and Candy Pangilinan.

Vice President Jejomar Binay, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito were among the politicians who paid tribute to Dolphy on Saturday night.

Dolphy succumbed to multiple organ failure on Tuesday, a month after being confined in the intensive care unit of the Makati Medical Center.

The final tribute night was aired live by ABS-CBN News Channel, DZMM Teleradyo, and livestreamed on www.abs-cbnnews.com.