As the country continues to mourn the passing of undisputed king of comedy last July 10, the social media world is abuzz with fans and celebrities showing their support and sharing their heartfelt thoughts for the Quizon family via Twitter.
Even international news media companies like The New York Times, FOX News, and CNN News have acknowledged the greatness of the country’s loss by coming out with news stories on Dolphy. According to abs-cbnnews.com, “Other American news websites such as the Boston Globe, Newsday, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Seattle Post Intelligencer also published the AP story on the death of the Filipino comedian.”
With over 300 movies to his name, no one can question how Dolphy has found a place in every Pinoy’s heart. From his long-running Kapamilya sitcom Home Along Da Riles, Dolphy’s former co-stars share their fondest memories with the veteran actor in their tweets.
Nikki Valdez, who played Dolphy’s niece Becky, admits it was a bittersweet reunion for the Kosme family during the ABS-CBN tribute on July 11. She tweeted, “I am excited to see my Home Along family again but I wish it were during happier times.. Tatay thank you for reuniting us today.”
Smokey Manaloto, who played his eldest son Bill in the show, admitted his feelings the day after by writing, “Lord... Tanggalin niyo na po ang lungkot na nararamdaman ko.”
Rica Peralejo, who played Bill’s girlfriend Trisha, even wrote a blog entry in memory of Dolphy entitled Tatay Dolphy: The Man Who Loves Lanzones and wrote (in excerpt), “Tatay always made me feel like I was doing a great job. I remember him laughing at my crazy antics, even if, looking back, parang hindi naman ako masyadong nakakatawa, hehe.”
Rica’s sister Paula, who was also part of the show as Dolphy’s niece Bessie, also shared nice thoughts about their TV father figure. “Goodbye, Tito Dolphy. One of the nicest and most genuine and most generous people I've ever worked with.”
Dolphy’s daughter Zia Quizon sent out this simple message to the public on the day of her dad’s passing, “Please continue praying. It's really hard for us right now. Marami pong salamat sa suporta. Quizon Family.”
Her mom Zsa Zsa Padilla shared this tweet on July 12, “Maraming salamat sa inyong pakikiramay sa aming pamilya.”
Zsa Zsa’s ASAP co-hosts also shared their sympathies with the Quizon family. Gary Valenciano, who is known for choosing inspirational messages, was still affected by the industry’s loss. “Been thinking of how to put into words exactly what I feel about Tito Dolphy's passing.... :( It's like I'm frozen in my tracks. Stunned!!” while Martin Nievera echoed the same sentiments. “With a heavy heart and a bucket of tears let's all remember to ‘smile’ the way Dolphy would have wanted us to. I miss him already... Prayers.”
Anne Curtis also felt sad when she got the news on July 10 and tweeted, “May Tito Dolphy our King of Comedy rest in peace. He will always be remembered & missed by many.... :(“
Other Kapamilya celebs also chose to share their touching sentiments on the Comedy King. PBB host Bianca Gonzalez shared some tidbits from her recent interview with Eric Quizon. “Eric says it has yet to sink in, alam niyang mararamdaman niya in a few days. he gets his strength from his dad Dolphy, his rock and hero” and, “Kwento ni Eric, dati daw di naniniwala kaklase niya na anak siya ni Dolphy. Ginawa ni Dolphy, siya mismo, hinatid niya si Eric sa school.”
Former CNN Hero of the Year awardee Efren Penaflorida also shared what he learned from Dolphy growing up, “We will never forget your advice to us, "Problema ay may remedy kapag may konting comedy!"
Agot Isidro admits she looked up to how Dolphy handled his career. “Tito Dolphy never got into politics, didn't need to. He did what he did best, make people feel good. That’s more than any politician has ever done.”
News personality Daphne Osena-Paez admits it was hard to not feel sad about the news. “I've seen the Dolphy tribute 5 times and I still shed tears every time. He was everyone's TV dad. And I feel orphaned.”
Despite being born at a later generation, these young Kapamilya stars couldn’t help but be affected by the news. Princess and I star Kathryn Bernardo’s tweet read, “RIP Tito Dolphy. Thanks for all the smiles and laughs you've given us. We will miss you.”
Her co-star Khalil Ramos also wrote, “R.I.P Dolphy. Thanks for making us smile! You will be missed.”
A Kapamilya fan even before he entered showbiz, PBB host Robi Domingo shared, “I grew up watching Home Along Da Riles & laughing to the antics of Kevin Kosme. Thanks for being a pillar of the Filipino industry, Dolphy!”
PBB Unlimited alumni Slater Young and Paco Evangelista also sent out their thoughts by tweeting, “RIP Tito Dolphy.. Thanks for the memories” and “I grew up watching Dolphy. It saddens me that he is not with us anymore. Thank you for the laughter Comedy King. Rest in Peace.”
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Kapamilya celebrities share their fondest memories of Dolphy
The online social media was filled with messages of love and support for The Comedy King, Dolphy.