MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino plans to visit the wake of comedy king Dolphy.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the schedule of the visit is still being arranged.
“He said he intends to visit the wake of Mang Dolphy. However we have no schedule yet,” Valte told reporters.
In a statement issued Tuesday night, the President described the passing of Dolphy as a “sorrowful moment” for the country that “found happiness in his work.”
He expressed his condolences to the Quizon family.
“I, along with my family and the rest of our administration, join the Quizon family in mourning. The passing of Rodolfo Quizon Sr.— our King of Comedy — is a truly sorrowful moment for a nation that, for so long, found happiness in his work,” Aquino said in a statement.
“Dolphy was a good man who embodied the common Filipino: he loved deeply, knew the value of humor, respected his fellowmen, and was always ready to face any challenge life threw at him. He came from a generation that went through a lot of trials — and the struggle taught him to be humble, honest, and helpful. He never turned his back on his peers; he never turned his back on the people who had propelled him toward success,” Aquino said.
“Throughout his life, Dolphy showed that hope and happiness always lie at the other side of adversity; he knew that any problem can be overcome through a positive outlook. He did not only revolutionize the entertainment industry; he also changed our national consciousness for the better: through his art, he extended our worldviews, and gave us the ability to reflect on, value, and find joy in the daily realities of Filipino life.”