Truly never alone, the event was peppered with grace by his contemporaries including Barbara Perez, Daisy Romualdez, Eddie Gutierrez, Gloria Romero, Susan Roces, Eddie Garcia and Mother Lily. “Malaki ang papel nila sa buhay ko… Siguro pati tayo, pinapanganak tayo, ’di dahil gusto nating magtrabaho, gusto nating yumaman, kung hindi, magmahal, mahalin ng pamilya, kaibigan at mga kasama sa trabaho,” he said.
A comic by heart, after enumerating his siblings, he quipped, “At tungkol naman sa aking mga inibig, eh ’wag na po muna nating isa-isahin baka tayo’y magka-hindik.”
After expressing regrets for having hurt so many of those he had loved, he relayed how hard it is to have relationships with several women at the same time. “Ang pinaka mahirap diyan an, ’pag birthday mo, ’yung Pasko tsaka Bagong Taon. Paborito mong ulam kare-kare. Ang unang bahay na pupuntahan mo kare-kare. Pangalawang bahay na pupuntahan mo kare-kare nanaman. Pangatlong bahay kare-kare pa din. ’Pag uwi ko sa bahay ko kare-kare nanaman, pagtulog ko panaginip ko kare-kare pa din. Mahirap talaga,” he said.
Having the name of his first love start with an “A” and his last partner’s (hopefully) name start with a “Z,” Dolphy joked, “Aba, kumpleto ko na ang alphabet!”
His children from the many women in his life including Manny Boy, Salud, Dolphy Junior, Freddie, Edgar, Rory, Kit, John, Gino, Edwin, Rolly, Erick, Dan, Eppie, Rommel, Vandolph, Nicole, and Zia were present during the launch.
The night became a meteor shower of stars as actors from different generations were spotted including Gary Valenciano and Angeli Pangilinan, Dawn Zulueta, Cherry Pie Picache, Ricky Davao, Giselle Sanchez, Eula Valdez, Raymond Gutierrez, Sheryl Cruz, Angelou De Leon, among other stars.
Young comedians Giselle Sanchez, Randy Santiago, Willie Revillame, were also present to show support to their idol’s future best-selling piece.
Senators Manny Villar, Mar Roxas, Bong Revilla Jr., and Cheese Escudero, and Ilocos Norte Representative Imee Marcos also dotted the venue.
Medical doctors and couple Manny and Pie Calayan, who have also watched a number of Dolphy’s films, were also present and sponsored the biography’s launch.
ABS-CBN president Charo Santos-Concio and senior correspondent Korina Sanchez, Carlito and Armida Siguion Reyna, Anabelle Rama and Lolit Solis also hailed the host.
Though Dolphy Quizon’s life has been well-exposed even before his reign as the Comedy King, the book is expected to thrill and touch readers. “Maybe my dad’s life has been most talked about but it never came from the horse’s mouth—it never came from him,” Eric said.
But with all the praises and each artist’s own version of their Dolphy encounter [directly or indirectly], life goes on for the 80-year-old King of Comedy.
Dolphy, the Comedy King, will be performing at the Shrine Auditorium on October 11, 2008, Saturday, at 7 pm. Titled Dolphy The Legend at 80, the show is produced by NuVision Worldwide Media in association with Mcfadden&McFadden, The Asian Journal and Creative Concepts in cooperation with ABS-CBN, Calyan, Cibo, Smart and Bench. For details of the concert, contact 1–866–995–2795, (562) 921–8450, (213) 792–7468 and 1–888–886–7889. (www.asianjournal.com)