Erap visits Dolphy's wake

Posted at 07/13/2012 8:51 PM | Updated as of 07/13/2012 10:55 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Former President Joseph "Erap" Estrada visited the wake of the late comedy king Dolphy at The Heritage Park in Taguig City Friday night.

Estrada arrived at the wake with singer and former Quezon City councilor Anthony Castelo.

Castelo, the president of the Dakilang Lahi Foundation, honored the comedy king with the People’s Artist Award.

The award was handed by Estrada to Dolphy’s son Eric Quizon.

Estrada, who produced one of Dolphy's many films, shared a long friendship with the comedy icon and the late Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ).

Estrada, FPJ and Dolphy are considered by many as the three pillars of the Philippine entertainment industry.

The former president, who is an actor himself, earlier said the entertainment industry will be hard-pressed to find another Dolphy, whom he described as "one in a million."

He has also pushed for Dolphy's proclamation as a National Artist, saying it is "long overdue."

The 83-year-old Dolphy succumbed to multiple organ failure Tuesday night after years of battling a lung disease.

His remains will be laid to rest on Sunday. -- With a report from Dexter Ganibe, dzMM