Why Quizon family came out with Dolphy app

by Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Dec 23 2013 12:45 PM | Updated as of Dec 23 2013 08:45 PM

CERRITOS, California - The Quizon family is spending Christmas together.

Several of Dolphy's children have gathered together to promote a new iPad app named after their late father.

Dolphy's Clean Up is an educational game that teaches children how to recycle. Proceeds from the app will go to the late comic icon's foundation.

"My grandpa is a very famous comedian. He's been known for a while and I think he deserves this game," Zymone Quizon, Dolphy's grandson, said.

This is the first time the Quizon kids have gotten together since their father's funeral last year.

While they didn't see each other for last year's holiday, the first with Dolphy, this year they feel as if their dad never left as the legendary comedian takes on video game form.

"Finally, we're actually together again and it's been a while," Epi Quizon, son of Dolphy, said. "And it's good because our gift is my virtual dad."

"Bonding time... It's Christmas season and we're happy," Manny Boy Quizon added.

"Spiritually and virtually, maybe not physically but he's here, he's on my shirt. He's in my thoughts and in my heart," Ronnie Quizon said.

The game hopes to raise environmental awareness that can help prevent future disasters.

The Quizon family has been active in their communities. Throughout the holidays, Dolphy's daughter Kit and grandson Zymone worked with their church at St. Finbar in Burbank by building over a hundred parols. Their effort raised over $3,000 for victims of typhoon Yolanda.

"We do this actually every year for the Simbang Gabi, but we thought this year maybe we can be of service to our Filipinos in need in the Philippines, the victims of the typhoon," Kit Quizon, Dolphy's daughter, said.

As the late comedian's children continue his legacy of cheering up and helping kababayans, the family is also celebrating the recent launch of a commemorative postage stamp featuring Dolphy.

The siblings say they are honored to have the iPad app and the stamp. They say they're not bothered by the ongoing debate on proclaiming Dolphy as a national hero which recent reports have claimed Nora Aunor as the leading candidate.

"If it's given then it's given. If it's not given then it's all good but it's not something that we will fight for. We're good because I know the Filipinos love our father and that's good enough for us," Epi said.

For now, the Dolphy Clean Up app is only available for iPad but will be available for iPhone and Android users next month.