MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Veteran actress Nova Villa went straight from the airport to the Makati Medical Center to visit her ailing longtime friend and former Home Along Da Riles star, Dolphy.
|Veteran actress Nova Villa
Fresh from her US trip, Nova Villa arrived at the hospital around 8 a.m. to personally see the condition of her friend.
“Ang bigat ng loob ko na hindi ako nakakadalaw sa kanya. Kaya ngayon, antok-antok, puyat, galing sa airport, bumawi ako at nakita ko siya. Alam niyang nandoon ako. I was just there sa window at sinabi ko lang na sabihin mo nandito ako,” she said.
She said she was supposed to arrive in Manila on the 25th of June, but decided to reschedule her flight to visit the Comedy King.
The actress-comedian said Dolphy was awake and was responding when she arrived.
“Nagko-comedy pa. You know Dolphy, no dull moments. Kahit may sakit na nagko-comedy pa. Nakadilat naman. Pag sinasabi nandyan si Tita Nova, lumalaki mata niya.
“Nakakakita, nagi-smile. Nagtataas ng kilay. Pag dumating yung mga anak parang masaya siya. Siguro kasi nakagamot kaya yung hinahanap nating sigla di masyado, kasi may gamot at maraming duktor lahat naman inaasikaso siya,” she said.
Nova Villa played the role of Ason, the sister-in-law of Mang Kevin Kosme (Dolphy), in one of the longest running television series "Home Along Da Riles."
“Basta 'di ko makakalimutan yung natatanaw kong malaking utang na loob yung ako’y pinili niyang maging leading lady niya sa Home Along Da Riles,” she said.
‘There’s only one Dolphy’
For Nova, Dolphy deserves a National Artist Award for his many contributions to the Philippine entertainment industry and for touching the lives of Filipinos through all his television series and films.
“Di ko alam kung anong pinagtatalunan doon. Para sa akin naman he deserves to be a national artist. Malaki naman ang nai-contribute niya sa bansa natin, sa ating mga kababayan, sa ating kapwa Pilipino.
“Kaya siya minamahal kasi nakatulong sa kanila, marami din siyang natulungan. He’s very charitable at saka sinubaybayan ang lahat ng kanyang pelikula at mga shows,” she said.
“There's only one Dolphy. Hindi lang painter ang national artist.
Dolphy remains confined at the Intensive Care Unit of the MMC where he was rushed to over a week because of pneumonia.
On Friday, Eric Quizon said their father is suffering from pneumonia again and was administered with antibiotics.
Dolphy 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. With report from Johnson Manabat and Henry Atuelan, radio dzMM