Dolphy was proud to have been one of the first OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) in Hong Kong in the 1940s, having been a young dancer and errand boy there, struggling like the masses of Filipinos who later adored him.
Dolphy, born Rodolfo Quizon Sr. in Tondo, Manila on July 25, 1928, passed away at age 83 on Tuesday at 8:34 p.m. in Makati due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Dolphy was rushed to the intensive care unit of the Makati Medical Center on June 9, after complaining of difficulty in breathing. He also suffered from pneumonia and kidney ailments.
In an interview with GMA News in 2009, Dolphy recalled how, at just over 20 years old, he worked as a dancer in Hong Kong in the late 1940s. When not on stage or the dance floor, he was also an errand boy.
“Nagsasayaw lang ako, may boss din akong nagdala sa akin, errand boy din ako and at the same time nagsasayaw din ako,” he recalled.
“Unang dating ako, nakikisama ako at gusto kong matuto, ako ang pinaka-errand boy ng pinakaboss ko. Tsaka, marunong-runong ako ng English,” he said.
He said his attitude of being “mabilis at masipag,” was probably the reason why was entrusted to run errands for his boss.
In a concert in Hong Kong in 2009, Dolphy introduced himself as an OFW and told the audience, “Alam nyo ba 1950 pa lang, nagtatrabaho na ko dito..”
Advice for OFWs: Don’t gamble
Dolphy encouraged OFWs to protect their hard-earned money.
“Dapat ingatan nyo, kung nagsusugal, huwag kayong magsusugal. Yan ang unang-unang iwasan yang sugal… Daig lahat ng sugal,” Dolphy said.
He added: “Be practical.”
“Kain ka nang kain sa labas, bumili ka na lang ng naka-stock sa bahay. Kasi kami ganoon eh. Meron akong loaf of bread,” he said.
He even recalled how much the Philippine peso fared against the Hong Kong dollar.
“Ang pera natin mas mahalaga kaysa sa pera nila. Natatandaan ko ang one peso is two dollar and eighty cents. Ang value — 2 is to 2, or 3 is to 1 ang pera natin.”
He said “masarap ang buhay at mura ang bilihin noon.”
After his stint as an OFW in Hong Kong, Dolphy became one of the most popular actors in the Philippine movie and television industry, having starred in over 200 movies, including the hit TV sitcom “John en Marsha” where he played the role of John Purontong.
Dolphy was born in Tondo, Manila to Melencio Espinosa-Quizon, a ship mechanic, and Salud Vera Quizon.
The Comedy King was the eldest of 10 children that included Corazon, Josefina (Josie), Melencio Jr. “Junior,” Laura, Aurora (Auring), Jorge (Georgie), Jaime (Jimmy), Teresita and Jaime.
Dolphy had 18 children from six different women:
six children with Grace Dominguez,
four with Gloria Smith,
four with Baby Smith,
one with Vangie Tagulao,
one with actress Alma Moreno, and
two (one was adopted) with singer Zsa Zsa Padilla.
Dolphy never married any of the six women he was with. — VVP/HS, GMA News
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