Rodolfo Vera Quizon, more popularly known as Dolphy, passed away yesterday at around 8:34PM in Makati Medical Center due to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. He is 83 years old.
Dolphy is known in the Philippines as the King of Comedy. He began acting in 1946 in the movie Dugo at Bayan. He was able to made almost two hundred movies. His most memorable portrayals were Jack & Jill, Facifica Falayfay, John en Marsha, Home Along da Riles and Markova. His last movie, Father Jejemon, was shown in 2010.
My generation practically grew up watching Home Along da Riles. It is a story about a striving single father who lives along a railway together with his children. It taught us that despite his family's circumstances, for as long as there is love and unity among them, they will surpass any problem. He portrayed the character as a responsible father who always see the positive side of things.
His comedic style is yet to be reached, if not surpassed, by current comedians. To the hearts of the Filipinos, regardless of their religious beliefs, age, educational attainment and social status, he is the true National Artist.
Rest in peace, Dolphy. Your antics will be missed.