MANILA, Philippines - Actress Evelyn Bontogon-Guerrero, more famously known as Matutina, wept during an interview on ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda as she recalled the joy of working with the late Comedy King Dolphy.
|Matutina, wept during an interview on ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda
Speaking to Punto por Punto host Anthony Taberna, Matutina broke down in tears as she described how the Philippine entertainment industry lost an icon in King of Comedy Dolphy.
"Walang makakapantay sa kanyang ibinigay o inambag a pelikula, telebisyon lalo na sa stage...Yang legacy na yan iiwan niya sa kanyang pamilya at sa kanyang mga anak at mga kaibigan sa lahat ng mga tumatangkilik sa kanya, nagmamahal sa kanya," she said before holding back her tears.
Matutina said Dolphy was the epitome of a leader on set when they were taping the hit TV series "John en Marsha."
"Siya ay huwaran ng pagiging isang ama o leader by example atsaka siya yung ma-prinsipyong tao. Kalmado pero disciplinarian," she said.
She admitted that Dolphy also had his bad days but said the comedian was never curt towards his co-actors on set.
"Hindi siya nagmamasungit sa set," she said.
Matutina said Dolphy was spontaneous and generous with his ideas with the "John en Marsha" cast.
She said Dolphy was a master at ad libs to make a scene funnier but also followed the script.
Asked for her final words to the late Comedy King, she said: "I whisper to our Lord na 'Lord and Tito Dolphy, happy moments with our Lord's embrace."
"Habang nabuhuhay tayo dito why not make the most of it sa buhay na ito? Gumawa tayo ng kabutihan. Gumawa tayo ng...kailan pa natin mamahalin ang ating mga nagmamahal din sa atin especially pamilya natin, mga kamag-anak natin at mga kaibigan na sila din ang magmamahal sa atin in return," she said.
Sociologist Avelino de Chavez, meanwhile, said Dolphy is well-loved because his comedy took out the sting when he portrayed harsh truths.
Some of Dolphy's best known characters on television and movies are hard-luck characters such as John Puruntong in "John en Marsha", Kevin Cosme in "Home Along da Riles" and Walter Dempster Jr., a comfort gay in World War II.
"Si Tito Dolphy lahat ng kanyang pinoportray although biro siya, magaan siya sa ating pandinig, tumatawa tayo pero may kurot yun sa ating damdamin at ganyan siya minahal at tinanggap ng tao sa buong Pilinas at sa buong mundo," he said.