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Long live the Comedy King

Written By Jane Miranda on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 | Tuesday, July 10, 2012

king of comedy RIP RIP Dolphy
 Born: July 25, 1928 
Died: July 10, 2012

Rodolfo Vera Quizon, Sr., OGH, (born July 25, 1928), known by his screen name Dolphy, is a Filipino comedian-actor in the Philippines. He is widely regarded as the Philippines' "King of Comedy" for his comedic talent embodied by his long roster of works on stage, radio, television and movies.

Dolphy was born on P. Herrera St. (Calle Padre Herrera) in Tondo District of Manila to Melencio Espinosa-Quizon, a ship mechanic, and Salud Vera Quizon (1904–1986), a home-based tailor, in 1928. He is the second of ten children. His siblings are Corazon, Josefina (Josie), Melencio Jr. "Junior" (1932–1969), Laura, Aurora (Auring), Jorge (Georgie), Jaime (Jimmy), Teresita and Jaime.

He started education in a public Grade School at the age of six where his favorite subjects were History and Arithmetic as he recalled in his biography. His exposure to movies started while, as a young person, working inside the theater selling peanuts, watermelon seeds and jicama snacks, thereby he could watch limitless movies for free. Gone with the Wind was the first color motion picture film he saw.

Dolphy was about thirteen when World War II started. He did odd jobs including shining shoes; button-attacher at a pants factory; bottle arranger, classifying them according to size; stevedore at the pier; trading; and a horse and buggy driver. In his free time, he regularly watched stage shows at the Life Theater and Avenue Theater learning from his idols comedy duo Pugo and Togo, and for dance, Benny Mack and Bayani Casimiro.

“From being a peanut and 'butong pakwan' vendor in a movie house to becoming one of the country’s biggest stars, many knew that Dolphy stayed humble and approachable. That is why his life, not just his roles, has been an inspiration to millions,”  

Rodolfo "Dolphy" Vera Quizon, Sr. is now home.

May his life be an inspiration of humility and service for each John Purontong.
Maraming salamat Dolphy!

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