Stars pay respects to Dolphy at ABS-CBN
MANILA, Philippines (10th UPDATE) – Celebrities flocked to ABS-CBN's Dolphy Theater on Wednesday to pay their last respects to the country's "King of Comedy" Dolphy, who died on Tuesday night.
Among those who were spotted inside the Dolphy Theater were actress-host Kris Aquino, brothers Randy and Rowell Santiago, host and comedian Ariel Ureta, singer Richard Merck, actress Maria Isabel Lopez, host Ryan Bang, actor Janus del Prado, actress Charee Pineda, actress Angelica Panganiban;
comedians Bentong and Brod Pete, veteran actor Noel Trinidad, actress Mylene Dizon, actress Gladys Reyes, young actor Gerald Anderson, actor Diether Ocampo, young actors Maliksi and Makisig Morales, comedienne Kitkat, actress Maja Salvador, actress Nova Villa and actor-turned-director Edgar Mortiz.
Also seen visiting Dolphy's remains were actor Piolo Pascual, singer Vina Morales, singer Anthony Castelo, veteran singer Basil Valdez, actor Sam Milby, comedian-host Vice Ganda, singer Jovit Baldivino, actress Jessy Mendiola, young actress Kiray Celis;
actor-dancer Rayver Cruz, singer-host Rico J Puno, actor-host Archie Alemania, actor Slater Young, actor Ejay Falcon, "It's Showtime" hosts Jugs Jugueta and Teddy Corpus, young actor-singer Khalil Ramos, actress Jewel Mische, actress Nikki Valdez;
actress Dawn Zulueta, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, actor Richard Gomez, actor Coco Martin, young actress Julia Montes, and actress Maricel Soriano, who played Dolphy's daughter in the long-running sitcom "John En Marsha."
Other personalities spotted inside the Dolphy Theater were veteran actress Gloria Diaz, film director Celso Ad Castillo, Star Cinema head Malou Santos, veteran actress Bella Flores, actress-host Kris Aquino, veteran actress Boots Anson-Roa, Sen. Loren Legarda, Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRB) chairperson Grace Poe Llamanzares, and ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc. managing director Gina Lopez.
Actors Vhong Navarro and Gio Alvarez, who worked with Dolphy in the ABS-CBN sitcom "Home Along Da Riles," were also present.
"Ang sarap na makatrabaho si Tito Dolphy, kasi ang turing niya sa iyo anak, kaya ang tawag ko sa kanya tatay. Pero nag-start na naging tatay ko siya noong inampon nila ako doon sa 'Home Along' kaya mula noon tatay ko na siya," said Navarro, who was also among the pallbearers who carried Dolphy's casket into the theater.
Navarro broke into tears when asked if he knew that Dolphy admired him as a comedian.
"Napakasarap lang ng pakiramdam kasi naramdaman ko yon, noong nag-'Home Along' ako kasi noong time na 'yon tatanggalin ako, nakita ko ang paglaban niya para sa akin. In-explain sa kanya bakit ako tatanggalin. Noong naipaliwanag sa kanya, siya ang kumausap sa akin. Kasi ako ayaw kong umalis dahil gusto kong kasama ang idolo ko. Kaya ang sarap ng pakiramdam na ini-idolo ka ng isang Hari ng Komedya," said Navarro, who at the time was offered to do a new show.
Members of Dolphy's family have also visited the film icon's remains at the Dolphy Theater, including his sons Vandolph, Eric, Epi and Ronnie, his daughters Nicole and Zia, his long-time partner Zsa Zsa Padilla, and her daughter singer Karylle.