MANILA, JUNE 22, 2012 (ABS-CBN) The Quizon family on Thursday opted for the country's king of comedy Dolphy to undergo dialysis to support his weakened kidneys.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday afternoon, Dolphy's son Eric Quizon said his father’s vitals were stable overnight and that’s why his doctors suggested that the veteran actor undergo dialysis.

“The reason why the option of dialysis was offered to us and the reason why we opted for dialysis is because overnight his vitals became stable. That was the longest time that his vitals were stable. But like I said, his condition still fluctuates,” he said.

Quizon said his father had his first dialysis session at 2:40 p.m. today and will have to undergo the procedure indefinitely.

“This dialysis will help support ang kidney ng daddy ko. It lessens the excess body fluids na nasa katawan ng daddy ko at the same time nawawala ang mga toxins,” he said.

On Wednesday, Quizon revealed that his father has been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which hinders the flow of air to the lungs.

The condition is generally permanent and may be progressive over time. Because of Dolphy’s medications, his illness had caused a complication causing his kidneys to fail.

Glimmer of hope

Quizon also said their family was very glad when they caught Dolphy opening his eyes.

“Ang maganda dito kasi, somehow nagmulat siya ng kanyang mata at tumingin siya sa paligid. Natuwa ang mgakapatid ko, kaming lahat, kasi alam namin na nadidinig niya kami. May konting kasiyahan dahil kumbaga nagkaroon ng opportunity ang ilang mga kapatid namin na makita siya na nagmulat ang mata and somehow really trying to communicate more than just like 'yung binubulungan namin or sinasabihan namin ng mga pinapasabi ng mga nagmamahal sa kanya,” he said.

Quizon said this sparked a glimmer of hope. “Ang pamilya namin na umaasa na makakasama at makakapiling namin ang aming ama,” he said.

Meanwhile, Quizon said his father’s platelet counts remain very low and thus is susceptible to hemorrhaging.

“May bleeding sa loob at inaalam namin saan galing ang bleeding. But, of course, we’re all hoping at naniniwala kami sa power of prayers at kahit papano ay somehow nagkaroon ng hope ang family namin na mag-administer ng dialysis,” he said.

Quizon said some of his siblings are expected to arrive this week from the United States.

Dolphy 'in and out of consciousness' By Shiela Reyes, Posted at 06/20/2012 7:28 PM | Updated as of 06/21/2012 2:22 AM

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) -- King of Comedy Dolphy is now in critical condition and cannot talk, according to his son Eric Quizon.

In a live interview on "TV Patrol" Wednesday, Quizon told anchor Korina Sanchez his father has been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which hinders the flow of air to the lungs. The condition is generally permanent and may be progressive over time.

Likening COPD to cancer, Quizon said Dolphy's illness has developed into a toxic metabolic encephalopathy, which could lead to sepsis or the poisoning of the blood.

“There is a possibility so inoobserbahan pa po siya ngayon. Since this morning talagang inoobserbahan siya. It could lead to that (sepsis),” he said.

“He was diagnosed five years ago of COPD. It’s a progressive disease. Para siyang cancer pero hindi kasing grabe ng cancer. 'Yung body niya, patuloy lang siyang manghihina. It’s like emphysema. Ang ganitong klaseng sakit, five years ago sinabihan na siya na parang stage 4 ang sakit na iyon. In cancer terms, very critical na iyon,” he said.

Quizon, however, said his father is a fighter, having survived ten bouts with pneumonia in a year.

In and out of consciousness

He said his father currently has been “in and out of consciousness” and they cannot really talk to him directly.

“Hindi siya nakakasagot but he responds through his eyebrows, through his eyes. He twitches so may mga ganung pagkakataon so alam namin na naririnig niya kami. He hears and he’s listening at naririnig niya ang sinasabi namin sa kanya,” he said.

Quizon said Dolphy’s doctors informed them that some of his father’s organs are weak and that he is being observed round the clock.

Last wishes

Quizon said Dolphy already started to make his last wishes when he learned that he has COPD.

“Naghahabilin na siya...noong nalaman niya na may COPD siya, nag-umpisa na siyang kausapin kami. Noong time pa lang na iyon, inayos na niya lahat ang mga dapat ayusin,” he said.

Even if Dolphy is not responding back to them, Quizon said, “Alam namin na lumalaban siya. Alam namin he’s hanging on.”

Longer life

Meantime, Quizon said the family is still hoping “na makakasama pa namin siya.”

When asked how Dolphy’s long-time partner Zsa Zsa Padilla was doing, he said like other families suffering the same ordeal, “lahat kami ay vulnerable, we are all emotional.”

Zsa Zsa is Dolphy's last and greatest love Posted at 06/21/2012 5:56 PM | Updated as of 06/21/2012 6:10 PM

[PHOTO -Dolphy's last -- and greatest -- love: singer and actress Zsa Zsa Padilla]

MANILA, Philippines -- Despite being linked with several women, Dolphy, considered the country's comedy king, eventually settled down with his last -- and greatest -- love: singer and actress Zsa Zsa Padilla.

In Dolphy's autobiography "Dolphy: Hindi Ko Ito Narating Mag-Isa," Padilla admitted that she has been attracted to older men.

She met Dolphy at Bistro Lorenzo in Greenhills and was asked to do a tour with the comedian in the United States, as well as a movie for RVQ Productions, "Mga Anak ni Facifica Falayfay" and another movie "Black Magic" for Seiko Films.

Padilla said their relationship started after she got tired of hearing rumors about her and the veteran actor.

"I got tired of going home and being accused of doing things I hadn't done, to the point I started to think of living up to the accusations. So then it happened," she said.

"He was the only man na nangungulit sa akin during that period. And charming, too. Who wouldn't fall in love with Dolphy? Plus, as fate would have it, depressed din ako," added Padilla, who's cousin had committed a suicide that time while she herself was having problems with her then husband.

"It was a dark, dark phase of my life, and he was there to console me. Siya lang din ang pinagsusumbungan ko, the conflict with my ex. Punung-puno na ako. The nagging was the most difficult. I had to leave. It was ugly, super ugly. I gave up," she said.

But with her booming career and projects with other leading men, Dolphy would often get jealous.

Moreover, Padilla said she also got fed up with the negative reports about their relationship.

"So, I left for the US, and I told Dolphy, pagbalik ko, it's either tayo na, o split na. Talagang I gave him an ultimatum," she said.

Padilla admitted that their first two years together were tough times since they kept on fighting.

But love won in the end.

"We've been together for 20 years or so. No'ng magsimula kami, sabi ko, Lord, bigyan mo lang ako ng 10 years with this man, masaya na ako. Nakaka-20 na kami, so parang bonus na. But when he's sick, I get so afraid of losing him. I sleep in a bunk bed beside him when he's hospitalized. Our daughters volunteer to take my place, pero umiinit lang ang ulo ko, I go 'NO!" she said in the book.

For his part, Dolphy described Padilla as sweet, caring and thoughtful. Moreover, he said Padilla learned to love all his children.

"Supportive siya sa mga anak ko lalo na in times of crisis," Dolphy said.

Dolphy has said that given a chance he still hopes to marry Padilla, with whom he has two daughters Nicole and Zia.

"Esperanza ang tunay na pangalan ni Zsa Zsa. It means hope. I hope to marry her. Ayaw ko nang sabihing I want to. Kasi pagwina-want ko, hindi natutuloy," Dolphy had said.

Alma Moreno to visit Dolphy on Friday Posted at 06/21/2012 4:03 PM | Updated as of 06/21/2012 6:37 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Actor Vandolph, the son of Comedy King Dolphy, said his mother, Alma Moreno, will visit Dolphy on Friday since the actress-politician is currently in Cebu.

[PHOTO -Actress-politician Alma Moreno]

According to Vandolph, Moreno has been emotional about Dolphy’s critical condition.

Vandolph said he is glad that his father showed improvement on Thursday but refused to further discuss his father’s health on camera.

He said their family is leaving all the public statements to actor-director Eric Quizon.

Meanwhile, Dolphy's other son Ronnie Quizon said they are awaiting the arrival of some of their other siblings who are expected to visit their dad in the intensive care unit of the Makati Medical Center.


In an interview with ABS-CBN News on Thursday afternoon, Quizon said three of their siblings will arrive from the United States on Friday.

He also said their entire family is in the hospital and they are alternately taking small breaks to go home to rest.

Quizon, however, did not answer the question regarding the supposed medical operation which was suggested by Dolphy’s doctors.

His brother Eric earlier told radio dzMM that the doctors were actually suggesting a procedure but it will depend on the results of the comedian’s blood tests.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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