In his column in The Freeman (July 13), Ricky Calderon wrote that ABS-CBN made a touching tribute for Dolphy when his remains was brought to the Kapamilya network. He also commended ABS-CBN for the the organized conduct of the whole affair despite the very short period of time to prepare for it, and for allowing GMA7 and TV5 to do coverage as well.
ABS-CBN pays tribute to the Comedy King
STAR CIRCUIT By Ricky L. Calderon (The Freeman) Updated July 13, 2012 12:00
It was a touching tribute that ABS-CBN prepared for Dolphy when the mortal remains of the Comedy King was brought to Kapamilya network, his original home when he started his long and storied career in television. The legendary comic icon started his career via the defunct show Buhay Artista where he shared the billing with his partner Panchito Alba.
Dubbed as Salamat, Tito Dolphy: Pagsaludo sa Hari ng Komedya, the tribute looked back on the colorful life and career of the Comedy King. A Holy Mass was held which saw Piolo Pascual singing the entrance song “Hindi Kita Malilimutan.”
Among the Kapamilya stars present during the Necrological Service were Maricel Soriano, Vhong Navarro, Jong Hilario, Dawn Zulueta, Richard Gomez, Coco Martin, and Gerald Anderson.
Among those who delivered eulogies were ABS-CBN president Ms. Charo Santos-Concio, Marichu Vera Perez-Maceda (whose father Dr. Jose Perez gave Dolphy the break in Sampaguita Pictures), Victor de Guzman (the eldest son of comedian Teroy de Guzman who became Dolphy’s director in Home Along Da Riles), Nova Villa (Tito Dolphy’s leading lady in the ABS-CBN sitcom) and Ms. Zsa Zsa Padilla, who ended her touching eulogy by singing “Through the Years” which brought tears to the eyes of those watching the proceedings at the Dolphy Theater as well as to those watching the live telecast on TV.
We’d like to commend ABS-CBN for an organized conduct of the whole affair, despite the very short time to prepare for it. Plus, they allowed GMA 7 and TV5 to do coverage as well. We saw Susan Enriquez of GMA and Jeff Fernando of TV5 at the Dolphy Theater doing their chore for their respective stations.
Tito Dolphy will forever remain in the hearts of people whose lives he touched in his storied career that spanned six decades and 13 Philippine presidents. He is a true icon, a consummate artist. He deserves to be conferred the National Artist Award but even though this has not materialized, he will forever be a national treasure for all of us. He made us happy when he was alive and we were saddened when he passed on to the next life. But we should rejoice in the thought that once in our lives, Dolphy, the Comedy King, shared his enormous talent and goodness of his heart to inspire us all.
The Comedy King is dead. Long live the King!
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