By Miguel Dumaual, ABS-CBNnews.com and U.S. News Agency / Asian
Dolphy’s wish to “go home” after over a month of critical care at a hospital was granted three times when he passed away on Tuesday evening, his son Eric Quizon said.
Zsa Zsa Padilla speaks during ABS-CBN’s tribute to Dolphy
Quizon on Wednesday thanked the network that served as his father’s second home for over 40 years.
During ABS-CBN’s tribute to the film icon held at the Dolphy Theater, Quizon recounted his father’s first days with the Kapamilya network, when then chairman emeritus Eugenio Lopez, Jr. “sought” the veteran actor.
“I’d like to thank ABS-CBN for the tribute and to all the way back when Mr. Eugenio Lopez, Jr. first sought my dad, a moment remembered in his book, with this line –
‘Magaling na kausap si Geny, nagkamay kami. Kung anong sinabi niya sa una naming usapan, pinangatawanan niya ‘yun. Wala siyang ‘kasi-kasi, akala ko.’ Kinuha niya ako for the radio and television,’” Quizon said, lifting an exercpt from Dolphy’s biographical book written by screenwriter Bibeth Orteza.
Dolphy’s conversation with Lopez, this time in 1992, would lead to his television comeback, the film icon’s long-time partner singer Zsa Zsa Padilla recounted in a separate speech at the tribute.
“Salamat sa ABS-CBN na sumugal kay Dolphy nung 1992, para makabalik siya sa pinakmamahal niyang telebisyon. Maraming salamat, ABS-CBN, for taking care of his legacy, preserving his body of works for generations of Filipinos to enjoy in perpetuity,” Padilla said.
“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,” she added.
Dolphy’s decades-long stay with ABS-CBN has made the network his second home, Quizon said.
When the veteran actor would mouth his wish to go home as he remained confined in an intensive care unit, Quizon said his family knew the wish would be granted three-fold.
“My dad kept on saying, ‘Uwi na ako.’ That was the phrase he kept on saying sa aming lahat, ‘uwi na ako.’ His wish was granted.
“Today, we brought him home to Marina (their private residence), and then we brought him here to his family, his Kapamilya, and now he’s home with his Creator,” he said.