DOLPHY ON BEING NAT'L ARTIST: MADALAS SINASABI DI NAMAN NATUTULOY
 

MANILA, APRIL 24, 2012 (MALAYA) “Kung bibigyan, bibigyan,” comedian Dolphy yesterday said about the possibility of him receiving the National Artist award.

In an interview over DZMM’s program “Aksyon Ngayon” with Julius Babao and Kaye Dacer, the 83-year-old entertainer sounded a bit frustrated about what some view as a long overdue honor for a living legend.

“Ako naman ay abang na lang ng abang, kung bibigyan bibigyan. Kung hindi ok lang,” he told Babao, “Pero siyempre hindi talaga akonag aabang kasi madalas sinasabi hindi naman natutuloy.”

Long acknowledged as the country’s one and only king of comedy, Dolphy, despite recent reports of failing health, was quick witted and even laughing in some portions of the interview which also touched on his more than six decades in showbiz.

He said his body of work is comprised of over a thousand movies, including his initial forays in the limelight as an extra.

“Limang piso,” he answered Dacer on how much he got for one of his first projects, “as chorus boy, sumasayaw kasama ng grupo.”

The actor’s name cropped up as one of the entertainment industry stalwarts, along with those of actresses Vilma Santos and Nora Aunor, who are being considered for the prestigious recognition.

Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Lito Lapid, both movie actors and producers before entering politics, have both voiced their support for Dolphy’s declaration.

Even Batangas Governor Vilma Santos, whose name was broached by House Deputy Speaker Lorenzo “Erin” Tanada III last week to be considered as National Artist, was for the octogenarian to get the award.

Some stars, like Sharon Cuneta, via social networking site Twitter, have also expressed their support for Dolphy’s name to be included in the list of National Artists that includes his friend, Fernando Poe, Jr., who was declared National Artist for Theater and Film posthumously in 2006. Poe died on December 14, 2004.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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