- Written by Armida Siguion- Reyna
- Friday, 13 July 2012
I had somehow sensed I was speaking to him for the last time, when my daughter-in-law Bibeth and I visited him last March 6, in the house he shared with loving partner Zsa Zsa who was unfortunately at work that evening we dropped by.
He was in a wheelchair and on oxygen, but nonetheless smiling, with his twinkling eyes at its trademark best. We talked about how movies were no longer movies, how I was doing as a widow, the impeachment trial still going on, with him noting, “Si JPE, ano? Matulis pa!” and his hearty appetite, with me going, “Buti ka pa malakas kumain, ako, madalas na walang gana!”
I shall sorely miss Dolphy.
Not, that I was particularly close to Zsa Zsa’s “Lovey,” for in truth my relationship with him developed in time, by osmosis.
Through his son Eric, who had appeared in two Reynafilms’ projects: Hihintayin Kita sa Langit, where he won as Famas Best Supporting Actor in 1991, and Inagaw Mo ang Lahat sa Akin; a GMA Network telemovie, where he was cast as Jose Rizal, in Adios, Dulce Estranjera; and in Aawitan Kita, where, believe it or not, he sang.
And of course, through Bibeth, now busy with resource person work in the many TV shows and mini-documentaries dealing with the life of the comedy icon, an assignment that fell on her lap after writing Dolphy: Hindi Ko Ito Narating Mag-isa, published in July of 2008, and by the way in stock again, in all National Book Stores..... MORE
Source: The Daily Tribune