Dolphy’s condition improves
The family's decision to let him undergo dialysis did the Comedy King well.

THE PURUNTONG FAMILY, 1975. The cast of 'John en Marsha.' (Standing) Matutina, Dely Atay-atayan, (seated) Maricel Soriano, Dolphy, Nida Blanca and Rolly Quizon. Photo from Facebook

MANILA, Philippines – As of 11 PM, June 21, almost 9 hours since he started undergoing dialysis, Dolphy’s (Rodolfo Vera Quizon Sr.) condition was said to have gotten better, and the King of Comedy was seen speaking to a priest and his family, according to a report in posted 11:23 PM on the same day.

And as of 6:30 AM today, June 22, news in ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda is that the dialysis helped the Comedy King and he continues to get better. Son Rolly, in an interview with the program, said it’s his father’s “best day since he got confined” at the Makati Medical Center.

He added that the Quizon family is happy and taking the time to rest from the stress they have been going through since Dolphy was rushed to the hospital last June 9 for complications from pneumonia, since he has underlying COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). 

At the same time, they are taking advantage of and maximizing the time they are given to be with their father.

In an interview with broadcaster Korina Sanchez in 2010, Dolphy candidly told the broadcaster that he has long prepared for the inevitable.

“Everything I will leave to them I have long prepared and fixed,” he said of what he will leave behind with his family, which includes 18 children.

“I’m very practical,” he said. “I asked them not to let anything come between them.”

That interview with Sanchez took place 3 years after Dolphy was diagnosed with COPD stage 4, a state comparable to emphysema which is a degenerative disease.

“I can no longer dance but I can still sing,” said the Comedy King. “I’ve been asked to avoid crowded places, though.”

His career in showbusiness spans almost 70 years, leaving him no room for regret about anything he has done with his career or even love life.

In another interview, this time with Juliul Babao (over the radio), Dolphy was asked how he felt about being hailed a National Artist to which he replied,

Kasi madalas na sinasabi ‘di naman natutuloy (They are saying it often but it doesn’t push through).” 

“Fulfilled nako. Halos lahat nagawa ko na eh (I’m already fulfilled. I’ve done almost everything.),” he added.

National Artist or not, Dolphy says he owes all his success to his fans.

Among the latest celebrities seen visiting the Comedy King in Makati Medical Center are comedienne Matutina, who was a beginner when she became part of the cast of John en Marsha, and Liz Alindogan and Carmi Martin, who starred opposite Dolphy in Dolphy’s Angels

Here’s a clip from John en Marsha featuring Dolphy, the deceased Nida Blanca and a very young Maricel Soriano:

Whether Dolphy should be hailed a National Artist is again the subject of discussion in television programs and social media. Film director Jose Javier Reyes blogged his thoughts about the matter last June 20.

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