Zsa Zsa sings for Dolphy
MANILA, Philippines - The longtime partner of Rodolfo "Dolphy" Vera Quizon Sr., Zsa Zsa Padilla, delivered an emotional speech Wednesday night, July 11, at the necrological service in ABS-CBN's Dolphy Theater.
She celebrated their love story, narrated his last moments and thanked the nation for "loving Dolphy throughout his life, his career and, of course, during his illness."
Her speech brought to tears not only the comedy king's family and friends who attended, but also the fans watching it live on their television sets and sharing their reactions over social media.
"To Dolphy, thank you very much for being so proud of me; for giving me my two girls; for being so thoughtful; and for doing your best to provide for us. Kung mayroon siyang kapintasan, 'yun ang pagiging sobra niyang mapagbigay. Mahirap magsabi sa kanya na may gusto kang bagay kasi kung mahal ka nya, gagawin nya ang lahat para maibigay nya sa 'yo," Padilla said.
Before she ended her speech, Padilla sang a few lines from her favorite song Through the Years by Kenny Rogers.
The audience could not help but cry when she sang these lines:
I can't remember when you weren’t there / When I didn’t care for anyone but you / I swear, we've been through everything there is / Can’t imagine anything we’ve missed / Can’t imagine anything the two of us won’t do / Through the years, you’ve never let me down / You’ve turned my life around / The sweetest days I found, I found with you / Through the years, I’ve never been afraid / I love the life we’ve made / Im so glad I stayed right here with you / Through the years
After the song, Padilla broke down in tears when she said: "Kagaya ng huling ibinulong mo sa akin bago ka mamaalam, lovey ko, I love you."
Dolphy's necrological service was attended by political and showbiz bigs including ABS-CBN honchos Gabby Lopez and Charo Santos, Senator Loren Legarda and Maricel Soriano, among others.
Dolphy was 'worth it'
Padilla said that what she and Dolphy went through was not easy.
"In loving the man I came to accept... Hindi po naging madali lahat ng yun. Pero he was worth it," she said.
"Hindi ko na kailangan balikan ang nakaraan. Saksi kayo sa lalim ng pagmamahal na binigay ni Dolphy sa akin. At napatunayan niya nga sa loob ng 23 years kung gaano kalalim at katatag ang aming love story," she added.
Padilla said the family got closer when Dolphy was diagnosed with Stage 4 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) two years ago.
"Naramdaman ko na talagang isang tunay kaming pamilya. Posible naman pala na kahit ang mga anak ni Dolphy ay nanggaling sa ibang nanay ay pwede naman kami magkaisa," Padilla said.
Padilla also thanked television networks ABS-CBN and TV5 for supporting Dolphy's career.
She said TV5 renewed Dolphy's contract and continued to give his salary "despite knowing that he could never tape again."
She thanked ABS-CBN for taking care of Dolphy's legacy and preserving his body of work "for generations of Filipinos to enjoy in perpetuity.
"I know that this service will make Dolphy so happy dahil mula pa sa panahon ni Kapitan Geny Lopez, si Dolphy sa buhay, kamatayan at sa langit ay isang tunay na Kapamilya." - Rappler.com
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