SEARCH FOR DOLPHY'S SUCCESSOR HEATS UP / LIFE WITHOUT DOLPHY STARTS


[PHOTO -EPI Quizon INQUIRER PHOTO
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MANILA, JULY 30, 2012 (INQUIRER) By: Nestor U. Torre - Top funnyman Dolphy is gone—now, long live the new King of Comedy? Great, if we can find him!

Fact is, ever since Dolphy fell ill some years back, producers have been looking for his stellar replacement. Early on, Vic Sotto was spotted as a good bet for Prince of Comedy. After all, he had become popular, first as a member of the Tito, Vic and Joey trio and on “Eat Bulaga,” then on his own as a comedy film star via his “Enteng Kabisote” franchise and on TV as the host of a number of shows like “You Want To Be A Millionaire.”

Yes, Vic is definitely a major player in the search for Dolphy’s “successor.” Note that Vic’s nickname in the biz is “Bossing”—a testament to the clout and creative control he’s acquired over the years. Also please note that, like Dolphy, Vic is a celebrated “appreciator” of beautiful women (Dina Bonnevie, Coney Reyes, Pia Guanio—other contenders and aspirants, the line forms on the right).

In addition, he also favors the “silent water runs deep” approach, not just in his pursuit of beauty, but also in his comedy. Like Dolphy, Vic goes for the poker face and “dry” punching of laugh lines (to our great relief, by the way, since we’re so sick and tired of many local comics who mistake energy and volume for wit.)

Yes, Vic is definitely a front-runner in the race for Dolphy’s crown and throne. Which must have been why, before he retired, Dolphy agreed to costar with him in a comedy flick. Was he passing the torch to the next generation? That’s how some people saw it, and Vic’s stock in the comedy trade rose even higher after that unofficial “annointment.”

Contenders

To make the search more fun and less than a fait accompli, let’s lasso in other actual and potential comers:

Joey de Leon is also popular, as are Ogie Alcasid and Michael V—instructively, they often perform as a tandem, which could lessen their cachet as solo players. Yes, Dolphy did also have a comedic sidekick in Panchito, but it was Dolphy who became King of Comedy, not Dolphy plus Panchito.

[PHOTO -VICE Ganda]

Thinking more impulsively now, some people say that, because some of her movies have been big hits, Ai Ai de las Alas should be named Queen of Comedy. That may make some sense from a “financial” point of view, but the very idea of Dolphy being “succeeded” by Ai Ai simply doesn’t wash.

Who else? The fact that Vice Ganda has been associated with hits like “Showtime” and “Praybeyt Benjamin” definitely makes him a comer in the field of TV-film comedy. But he still has a long row to hoe before he can truly measure up to Dolphy’s, uh, dialectics. Ditto for Eugene Domingo and the rest of the goony gang!

Logical

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You know what we would really like to happen? That more people join us in focusing on a junior potential Prince of Comedy who, with the public’s support, could most logically emerge as Dolphy’s authentic successor because he’s no other than the late comic’s own son, Epi Quizon!

This is definitely not to say that Epi’s only claim to stardom is the fact that Dolphy is his dad. For some years now, we’ve been admiring the way that he has been developing as a comedic and dramatic actor. He definitely has much more going for him than just his “royal” lineage.

And he’s a dead-ringer for his dad when Dolphy was young and lean, and raring to show what he could do to make people laugh.

Well, now it’s Epi’s turn to do that, and he could make it really big if Dolphy’s many fans transfer their allegiance to him and support his first big starrer. Which should be nothing less than his dad’s film bio!

Life without Dolphy starts By: Dolly Anne Carvajal Philippine Daily Inquirer

The late great ‘King of Comedy’ Dolphy would have turned 84 today. How’s his family coping, now that he’s gone?

One of his sons, Ronnie (photo), let me in on the Quizons’ day-to-day moving on process.

July 15

After Dad was laid to rest, Zsa Zsa and the whole clan gathered at his house in Marina for dinner. An honorary seat was left vacant for him.

I was the last to arrive and hardly ate. I just remember drinking Dad’s last glassful of Gatorade and a few of the “munchies” he craved and ate when he was sick.

Each of us also took a few of Dad’s items as personal mementos. I got a handkerchief, a T-shirt that he wore as pambahay when he was bedridden, and a white Lacoste shirt that he specifically asked me to buy for him to wear in Christmas 2011.

July 16

My brother Eric left for Hong Kong [en route to] Greece.

We celebrated my brother Edwin’s birthday by having lunch at one of dad’s favorite hangouts, Hizon’s. We ordered some of his favorite food, though his top picks were not available (Dad was probably playing tricks on us).

We talked about what happened at the wake.

The owner gave Edwin a cake, which we brought to Dad’s resting place.

At Heritage Park we prayed the novena (it was dad’s seventh day of passing). Afterwards, we opened his bottle of Hennessy X.O, which Zia brought along, and ate Edwin’s birthday cake. Edwin offered the first slice to dad.

It was quite a fun day, full of happy thoughts and conversation.

July 17

It was a rest day for most of us. There were no family plans on this day, and each of us had time for ourselves.

I prayed the novena alone in the house.

My sister Kit flew home to the United States.

July 18

COMEDY king Dolphy INQUIRER PHOTO It was Dad’s ninth day of passing, so we had Mass celebrated for him at Heritage Park with some family and friends. It was not formally announced and security was tight, leaving media people standing outside the park.

After the Mass, we prayed the novena again, then headed to one of the chapels we used during the wake, and had merienda.

There were a few celebrity guests, among them Maricel Soriano, Tita Marichu Maceda and the mayor of Taguig, Honorable Lani Cayetano.

Some of my relatives and friends proceeded to Basilio’s at Bonifacio Global City for some bonding time. I decided not to go, since I had some backlog work to do.

July 19

Edwin had to fly back to the United States (8 p.m.) followed by my sister Donna and brother Manny Boy (10 p.m.).

July 20

Another rest day for the Quizons. We attended to personal things, trying to move on with our respective lives.

July 21

Tita Pilar Pilapil invited the Quizon kids to a dinner that she hosted for Dad. Those who came were Epy, Ate Sahlee, Kuya Dolphy Jr., Sonny and I.

The rest have gone home to the United States, one was sick (Dino), and one was out of town (Vandolph). Tita Pilar’s daughter and my close friend, Pia, was there along with other family members and friends.

I gave Tita Pilar a copy of dad’s autobiography, “Dolphy: Hindi Ko Ito Narating Mag-isa,” as I promised when I interviewed her for the book.

She also gave a copy of her own autobiography, “The Woman Without a Face,” to each of her guests.

It was a great night of chatting, remembering and honoring my father.

Then, Pia, Epy and I went off for some more bonding time, along with some of Pia’s friends.

July 22

Another regular “moving on” day for the Quizons. It was a nice rainy day for me, doing what I personally needed to attend to.

July 23

The Quizon siblings went to Pagsanjan, Laguna, for more bonding moments and to give our balikbayan brothers (Sonny and Dino) time to relax.

The trip was hosted by a friend of ours, Governor ER Ejercito, whose late father (George Estregan) looked to Dad as a kuya.

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Happy birthday, Tito Dolphy. You are the gift that your children were born with. Your memory and legacy live on through each of them. And we Filipinos are happier because, once upon a time, there was a Dolphy in our midst.


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