DOLPHY LAID TO REST

[PHOTO -Workers prepare the tomb at the Heritage Park that will contain the remains of the late King of Comedy, Dolphy, as people line up to view his remains on Friday. Dolphy died Tuesday night at the age of 83 and is scheduled to be laid to rest on Sunday. Photo by Rem Zamora for ABS-CBNnews]

MANILA, JULY 16, 2012 (ABS-CBN)

The Philippines’ King of Comedy Dolphy has been finally laid to rest on Sunday afternoon.

Dolphy's family, led by long-time partner Zsa Zsa Padilla, brought him to his final resting place at the Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig.

Dolphy passed away last Tuesday at the age of 83 after battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for years.

The veteran comedian spent over 60 years in show business taking on memorable roles such as John Puruntong of “John en Marsha” and Kevin Cosme of “Home Along Da Riles.”

A requiem Mass was held by Father Tito Caluag on Sunday morning.

Among those who attended the Mass were ABS-CBN chairman and CEO Gabby Lopez, ABS-CBN president Charo Santos-Concio, actresses Susan Roces and Carmi Martin, movie producer Lily Monteverde, actors Bembol Roco and Edu Manzano and talent manager Annabelle Rama, among others.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Roces said the mood at the Mass was very emotional.

“Emosyonal ang mga bisita at pamilya sa loob, nagkaroon ng misa. Sa TV na lang ako manonood ng libing. It's the time for family to be alone with Dolphy. May TV coverage naman, doon nalang tayo manood. We should respect the family and si Zsa Zsa,” she said.

For her part, Monteverde said she will definitely miss the veteran actor but added that she finds comfort in knowing that Dolphy is now with God.

“I feel sad for Dolphy but at the same time happy he will rest with the Lord. Dolphy, he's the king of love. I thank him for the strength and inspiration for the industry. He always makes me smile and happy,” she said.

Rama, meanwhile, repeated her apology for creating a scene during Dolphy’s wake last Friday.

Rama said she couldn’t stop crying during Dolphy's last mass, as she also asked for forgiveness from Dolphy for what she did the other night.

Dolphy's casket is expected to be brought out of the chapel to his final resting place at 2 p.m. today.

On Saturday night, family and friends gathered to give Dolphy a final tribute.

The tribute began with a Mass where Father Caluag talked about the comedy king's humility.

In the program that followed, stars from the ABS-CBN show “ASAP 2012” sang songs to pay tribute to the veteran comedian.

Several politicians and celebrities also spoke at the wake to share their fond memories of Dolphy. Among them where Vice President Jejomar Binay, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, comedienne Pokwang and Herman Salvador more known as Brod Pete. – from a report by Gretchen Fullido, ABS-CBN News


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