In Memoriam

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Dolphy – Rodolfo Vera Quizon, Sr., OGH (July 25, 1928 – July 10, 2012), known by his screen names Dolphy, Pidol, and Golay (1944), was a Filipino comedian-actor in the Philippines. He is widely regarded as the country’s “King of Comedy” for his comedic talent embodied by his long roster of works on stage, radio, television and movies. Dolphy was born on July 25, 1928 in Calle Padre Herrera (now P. Herrera St.) of Tondo, Manila. His father was Melencio E. Quizon, a ship engine worker in the Atlantic Gulf and Pacific Company of Manila, and the son of Modesto Quizon and Adorable Quizon (née Espinosa). His mother was Salud V. Quizon (née Vera), the daughter of Maximo Vera and Ninay Vera (née de la Rosa). He was the second eldest of ten children. Dolphy sold peanuts and watermelon seeds at movie theaters as a boy, which enabled him to watch movies for free. He was about thirteen when World War II started. He did odd jobs including shining shoes; attaching buttons at a pants factory; sorting bottles by size; working as a stevedore at the pier; trading; and driving calesas. In his free time he regularly watched stage shows at the Life Theater and the Avenue Theater. His favorite performers included the comedy duo Pugo and Togo, and the dancers Benny Mack and Bayani Casimiro. He started performing onstage during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. Dolphy was turning 17 when Benny Mack got him a job as a chorus dancer for a month at the Avenue Theater and subsequently on the Lyric Theater. He also appeared in shows at the Orient Theater. Golay was his first stage name. During air raids, they would interrupt the show and run for the air-raid shelter in the orchestra section together with the audience. If no bombs exploded, the show resumed…Dolphy died on July 10, 2012, 20:34 (Philippine time, 01:34 UTC), at the age of 83 due to multiple organ failure, secondary to complications brought about by pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and acute renal failure. President Benigno Aquino III declared July 13, 2012 as “National Day of Remembrance” in honor of Dolphy’s contributions to the Philippine showbiz industry. – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

“…Dolphy and Vilma Santos did four films together. The first one was in her first year in show biz and in a Dolphy-Chichay film. After six years, the two reunited in one of early films of Nida Blanca and Dolphy. The film was sort of about family planning and birth control. Vi was in minor role and one of the child actors featured in the film. They followed this up with minor roles in the Cirio Santiago’s all-star-cast film. By later part of 1970s, both Dolphy and Vilma became a regular staples in award shows receiving several trophies as box office king and queen. Finally, after almost a decade from their last outings and no longer his film daughter, Dolphy and Vilma did their last film (to this day), this time, Vilma played the leading lady, in a film, ironically, about show business. Also, that year, Doply became the only male actor who portrayed Darna, the female comic-super-heroine in Darna Kuno. Not to be undone, Vilma will reprise the role the following year in her fourth and final film as Darna in Darna at Ding. At present time, both superstars made headlines as contenders for Philippines’ National Artists honors. Vilma respectfully and publicly asked for Dolphy to confer the title ahead of her…” – RV (READ MORE)

Mario O’Hara (Director, Writer (Rubia Servios) – Mario Herrero O’Hara (born April 20, 1946 – died 26 June 2012) was an award-winning Filipino film director, film producer and screenwriter known for his sense of realism often with dark but realistic social messages. He was born in Zamboanga City on April 20, 1946. His mother was Basilisa Herrero, who has Spanish lineage and hails from Ozamis Oriental. His father Jaime O’Hara was the son of Irish-American Thomasite; Jaime was a member of the UP Dramatic club. Mario had eight brothers and three sisters. Because Jaime was the son of an American citizen, Mario’s family was eligible to apply for US citizenship; however, Mario rejected any such offers…He was born in Zamboanga City on April 20, 1946. His mother was Basilisa Herrero, who has Spanish lineage and hails from Ozamis Oriental. His father Jaime O’Hara was the son of Irish-American Thomasite; Jaime was a member of the UP Dramatic club. Mario had eight brothers and three sisters. Because Jaime was the son of an American citizen, Mario’s family was eligible to apply for US citizenship; however, Mario rejected any such offers. – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

“…In 1978, he wrote the screenplay for Lino Brocka’s Rubia Servos. This led to the first award in his film career (Best Screenplay at the Metro Manila Film Festival)…” – Wikipedia

Marilou Diaz-Abaya is a multi-awarded film director in the Philippines. She is the founder and current president of the Marilou Diaz Abaya Film Institute and Arts Center, a film school based in Antipolo City, Philippines. She is the director of José Rizal, a biopicture on the Philippines’ national hero…Diaz directed and released her first feature film, Tanikala (Chains) in 1980. Since then, she has been one of the most active and visible directors in Philippine cinema…Her early films Brutal, Karnal (Of the Flesh), and Alyas Baby Tsina, sharply condemn the oppressive social system during the administration of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos. When the Marcos was deposed in 1986, Diaz left filmmaking. – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

“…Batangas Governor Vilma Santos, who was directed by Diaz-Abaya in one of her landmark films, said, “Direk Marilou was like a mother to me, especially on the set of ‘Baby Tsina.’ I remember that she would always bring for the cast members pandesal and Spanish sardines, which we ate before shooting. “I love her and her husband, Direk Manolo, who I always requested to be my cinematographer in all of my Eskinol commercials before. “The last time I saw Direk Marilou was at the wake of actor Johnny Delgado. She was already sick then. She was a fighter. She told me, “kaya ko ‘to! I pray for her family and for the eternal repose of her soul…” – Philippine Daily Inquirer, Oct 09 2012 (READ MORE)

Celso Ad. Castillo began directing films mid-60′s at an early age, but he has since then gained reputation for many other aspects of the craft particularly scriptwriting and acting. In the Filipino movie industry, he holds the unique repuation of being controversial, trendsetter,enfant terrible and messiah of Philippine cinema, and his track record justifies it: he introduced artistry and commercialism in sex films (nympha) when the two were considered incompatible, and introduced sex in artistic projects ( Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa/The Most Beautiful Animal on Earth)when moralistic repression was in vogue. An unfortunate and unfair consequence of the controversy is the recognition due him as one of the finest film commentators on the Philippine social scene, with a visual fluency unmatched by any other contemporary filipino film director. – Celso Ad Castillo Web-site (READ MORE)

“…Castillo gave Vilma Santos her first mature role in Burlesk Queen resulting with her first local film festival best actress award. He also directed Pagputi Ng Uwak Pagitim Ng Tagak where Vilma Santos starred and produced. The film received several best picture awards and was considered one of Castillo’s best works…” – RV (READ MORE)

Luís Mercado (August 8, 1928 – March 15, 2012) also known as Luís Gonzales, is a Filipino actor who appeared in more than 100 films during his career, most of them by Sampaguita Pictures. Raised in Tondo, Manila, Gonzales may be best known for his portrayals of former President Ferdinand Marcos in two biographical films in the 1960s: Iginuhit ng Tadhana (“Marked by Fate”, 1965), a political propaganda film; and a dramatic film, Pinagbuklod ng Langit (“Heaven was Gathered”, 1965). Actress Gloria Romero starred opposite him as Imelda Marcos in both films. Gonzales and Romero starred in numerous other films together as well. They first worked together on the 1955 film, Despatsadora. In December 2010, Gonzales received a star of the Eastwood Walk of Fame, which marked his last public appearance. – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

“…Pero higit na tumatak si Luis nang gampanan niya ng dalawang beses si Pangulong Ferdinand Marcos. Ito’y sa kontrobersyal na pelikulang “Iginuhit ng Tadhana” bago tumakbo si Marcos bilang presidente noong 1965. Sinundan ito ng “Pinagbuklod ng Langit” noong 1969. Si Imee Marcos, na ginampanan noon ni Vilma Santos, naalala ang galing ni Luis na mahirap na daw tapatan ngayon. “His acting was understated. A great actor and a good friend. He played a big role in our lives. Halos naniniwala na ako na tatay ko siya dahil sa boses. Mahal na mahal namin si Luis Gonzales,” sabi ni Imee. Ayon sa kanyang kabiyak, huling hiling ni Luis na ipa-cremate ang kanyang labi…” – Mario Dumaual (READ MORE)

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Buhay Artista

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Post-War – “…Ayon kay Mona Lisa, kasama siya sa tropa nina Fernando Poe, na siyang pangunahing aktor at direktor sa panahon ng giyera. Kasama nila sina Willie Chavez, Jaime dela Rosa at iba pa, nagpalipat-lipat sila sa Lyric, Capitol at Avenue Theaters. Ang artistang nakilala sa mga pelikulang, Ang Pagbabalik, Kolehiyala, Dilim at Liwanag, Bago Lumubog Ang Araw, Bahay Kubo at Magmamani ay napilitang kumanta, sumayaw at sumali sa mga iskit sa tanghalan. Bago pa lamang nagdadalaga si Virginia Montes sa gulang na katorse nang una niyang subukan ang stage shows sa mga huling taon ng WWII. Namatay sa giyera ang kaniyang ama at siya ang inaasahang tumulong sa kaniyang ina para sa buhayin silang magkakapatid. Kasama naman siya sa tropa ng mga nagsisipagtanghal sa Orient Theatre sa pamamahala ni Papang Salvador (Lou Salvador, Sr.) at ng kabiyak nitong si Aling Cora (ina nina Mina Aragon, Philip at Ramon Salvador). Sumasayaw sa stage si Virgie. Naalaala pa niya nang bago siya lumalabas ay naiiyak siya tuwing magsusuot siya ng maigsi. Pero wala naman siyang magawa, kasi iyon ang costume nila. Ang kanilang choreographer ay si Chuchi, sa supervision ni Don Jose Zarah na pagkatapos naman ng digmaan ay siyang namahala sa Clover Theatre. Kabilang sa mga artistang lumalabas sa mga stage shows noon sina Teroy de Guzman, Golay (kilala ngayon bilang Dolphy), Panchito Alba, Etang Discher, Rene Pangan, Chiquito, Balot, Metring David, Gregorio Ticman, Patsy, Lopito, Bayani Casimiro, Nieves at Ester Chavez…” – Irene Diaz-Castillo, Charlie V. Lozo and Liza Endaya, Ang Showbiz Ngayon, September 11, 1989 (READ MORE)

Television Show – “…The legendary comic duo of Dolphy and Panchito headlined Buhay Artista, one the top-rating TV shows in the 60s. A Sunday evening treat for the whole family telecast over Channel 3, from 7:30 t0 8:30 p.m….” – Simon Santos (READ MORE)

“…He is best remembered for the long-running TV show “Buhay Artista” (with Panchito) and “John en Marsha” with Nida Blanca as his with in an inspiring story about a poor yet happy family. The TV show was made into movies, just like “Home Along da Riles,” the show that followed it…” – Ricky Lo, The Philippine Star, July 11, 2012 (READ MORE)

Susan and Dolphy in Buhay Artista (1967) – Susan played a movie fan who became a movie star, opposite Dolphy. The have done several films prior to Buhay Artista, some are: Lab na Lab Kita (1962); Pepe En Pilar (1966); Susanang Daldal (1962) and Sa Lingo ang Bola (1961).

“…”Malaki ang agwat ng edad namin ni Dolphy. Ang kabarkada ko talaga [noon], yung kapatid niya, si Georgie [Quizon],” banggit din ni Susan sa younger brother ni Dolphy na namatay sa isang aksidente [hit-and-run], ilang taon na ang nakakaraan. “Pero very supportive si Dolphy sa amin ni Georgie. “Pagka merong extra’ng trabaho, binibigyan niya kami, sa mga radio shows niya. Du’n naman ako na-train sa voice acting. “Marami din kaming pinagsamahan na radio programs, nung panahon na ‘yon, sa dzRH,” wika rin ni Susan na naging tampok sa Mga Reyna ng Vicks (1958), pelikulang base sa radio program na ang sponsor ay Vicks Vaporub. Ito rin ang pinagbasehan ng kuwento ng Sapagka’t Kami’y Mga Misis Lamang [1977], tampok pa rin si Susan, Nora Aunor, Celia Rodriguez at Chichay. “Nu’ng nag-produce na siya [Dolphy], pagkatapos ng kontrata niya sa Sampaguita Pictures, at nung ako naman ay freelancer na rin, muli kaming nagkasama sa marami ring proyekto ng RVQ Productions. “Kaming Mga Taga-Ilog [1968], Pepe En Pilar [1966]… hindi ko na halos mabilang,” ang sabi ni Susan…”Mabait si Dolphy. Although malayo ang agwat namin sa edad, hindi namin siya tinatawag na ‘Kuya’ o ‘Tito,’ dahil alam namin na hindi siya magiging masaya na tawagin namin siya nang gano’n. “Pero alam niya na iginagalang namin siya. Kagalang-galang na, katulad nga ng maraming sinabi, yung mga na-interview, sabi nila, ‘Pag nakikita mo si Dolphy, kakaiba siya. “Iilan lang sa mga public personalities natin na pagpasok nila [sa isang pagtitipon] parang mapapatigil ka sa kanya, [dahil sa] respeto. “Sa personal, hindi naman siya pala-kuwento. Ah, mas madalas tahimik siya at nakikinig siya sa mga kuwento. “Gusto niya, meron siyang nakaka-kuwentuhan, pero i-e-encourage ka niyang ikaw ang magkuwento. “Ang bonding moments namin [noon], siyempre… pagkain!” nangiti si Susan pagkabanggit nito. Then, she recalled, “Paborito niya yung huling pinaluto ko para sa kanya. “That was a few months ago, na nasa bahay lang siya at ang sabi ng doktor, kailangan kumain siya nang kumain… kare-kare, adobo. Yun ang mga gusto niya…” – William R. Reyes (READ MORE)

Vilma and Dolphy in Buhay Artista (1979) – Dolphy and Vilma Santos did four films together. The first one was in her first year in show biz and in a Dolphy-Chichay film. After six years, the two reunited in one of early films of Nida Blanca and Dolphy. The film was sort of about family planning and birth control. Vi was in minor role and one of the child actors featured in the film. They followed this up with minor roles in the Cirio Santiago’s all-star-cast film. By later part of 1970s, both Dolphy and Vilma became a regular staples in award shows receiving several trophies as box office king and queen. Finally, after almost a decade from their last outings and no longer his film daughter, Dolphy and Vilma did their last film (to this day), this time, Vilma played the leading lady, in a film, ironically, about show business. Also, that year, Doply became the only male actor who portrayed Darna, the female comic-super-heroine in Darna Kuno. Not to be undone, Vilma will reprise the role the following year in her fourth and final film as Darna in Darna at Ding. At present time, both superstars made headlines as contenders for Philippines’ National Artists honors. Vilma respectfully and publicly asked for Dolphy to confer the title ahead of her.

“…Nakapanayam ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at ilang entertainment press sina Vilma at Lani, at kanilang ikinuwento sa amin ang mga hindi nila malilimutang sandali kasama ang Comedy King. Malungkot si Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos-Recto sa pagpanaw ni Dolphy, at sa opinyon niya’y “napilay” ang industriya ng pelikula at telebisyon sa ating bansa. Gayunman, hindi niya kailanman malilimutan ang Hari ng Komedya dahil “legacy na siya ng movie industry.” Dagdag pa niya, “So, katawan lang ‘yan, pero ‘yong legacy na iniwan ni Tito Dolphs would, ah, will definitely stay in the movie industry. “Hindi mabubuo ang movie industry kung wala si Dolphy.” Nagkasama sina Vilma at Dolphy sa pelikulang Buhay Artista Ngayon (1979), at nang mapanood niya raw ulit ito’y naalala niya ang tawanan nila sa set noong ginagawa ang pelikula. Kuwento niya, “Grabe, na-miss ko si Tito Dolphy. Ang galing namin sumayaw! “‘Yong dance sequence namin nakaka-miss talaga. “Pero wala, kanya-kanyang kontribusyon ‘yon, and at the end of the day, what’s important is the legacy na iiwan mo sa mga taong nagmahal sa ’yo. “For sixty years nagsilbi si Tito Dolphs, so talagang he’s one of the pillars ng pelikulang Pilipino.” At kung ang National Artist Award naman ang pag-uusapan, ito lamang ang opinyon ni Ate Vi: “Deserving si Tito Dolphy. “Deserving sa contribution, sa ginawa niya, lahat, lahat ng ginagawa niya noon—deserving si Tito Dolphs…” – Joyce Jimenez (READ MORE)

Remembering Dolphy 2/2 (Videos)

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Curtains down “…Dolphy, or Rodolfo Quizon Sr., passed away Tuesday at 8:34 p.m., at the Makati Medical Center (MMC), thus ending one of the longest and most colorful lives and careers in Philippine show business history. He was 83 and about to turn 84 on July 25. Eric Quizon, one of Dolphy’s sons, gave the following statement to the news media at the MMC at about midnight: “He lived a full life. He’s at rest. He’s at peace. He knew as he was going how much the country loved him. He knew how everyone was praying for him. And if he could, he would have stayed just so he could thank you personally. But where his spirit was strong, his body had so weakened. He had to go. “Pray for his eternal repose and in his honor, please smile at the person standing next to you. Heaven is a happier place with him there. And for us whom he’s left behind, comedy is dead but long live comedy,” Eric added. Dolphy starred in over 100 movies, including several reprising his lovable lead character in John en Marsha, a popular, long-running television show. He is survived by 18 children by six different women….” – GMA News (READ MORE)

Dolphy and Vilma Santos

“…Batangas Governor Vilma Santos, who’s now identified with ABS-CBN, told the Inquirer: “The whole country is saddened by the news. He was simple but someone with a big heart for Filipinos. He entertained us for over 60 years.” The actress-politician recalled that she first shared the screen with Dolphy when she was a child star. “I worked with him and the late comedians Panchito and Chichay when I was 11 years old in the Sampaguita movie ‘King and Queen for a Day.’ That was 1963…” – Bayani San Diego Jr, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Jul 12 2012 (READ MORE)

Dolphy and Vilma Santos did four films together (King and Queen for a Day (1963), Pag-ibig masdan ang ginawa mo (1968), Happy Days Are Here Again (1974), Buhay Artista Ngayon (1979)). The first one was in her first year in show biz and in a Dolphy-Chichay film. After six years, the two reunited in one of early films of Nida Blanca and Dolphy. The film was sort of about family planning and birth control. Vi was in minor role and one of the child actors featured in the film. They followed this up with minor roles in the Cirio Santiago’s all-star-cast film. By later part of 1970s, both Dolphy and Vilma became a regular staples in award shows receiving several trophies as box office king and queen. Finally, after almost a decade from their last outings and no longer his film daughter, Dolphy and Vilma did their last film (to this day), this time, Vilma played the leading lady, in a film, ironically, about show business. Also, that year, Doply became the only male actor who portrayed Darna, the female comic-super-heroine in Darna Kuno. Not to be undone, Vilma will reprise the role the following year in her fourth and final film as Darna in Darna at Ding. At present time, both superstars made headlines as contenders for Philippines’ National Artists honors. Vilma respectfully and publicly asked for Dolphy to confer the title ahead of her.  – RV

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Remembering Dolphy 1/2

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Curtains down “…Dolphy, or Rodolfo Quizon Sr., passed away Tuesday at 8:34 p.m., at the Makati Medical Center (MMC), thus ending one of the longest and most colorful lives and careers in Philippine show business history. He was 83 and about to turn 84 on July 25. Eric Quizon, one of Dolphy’s sons, gave the following statement to the news media at the MMC at about midnight: “He lived a full life. He’s at rest. He’s at peace. He knew as he was going how much the country loved him. He knew how everyone was praying for him. And if he could, he would have stayed just so he could thank you personally. But where his spirit was strong, his body had so weakened. He had to go. “Pray for his eternal repose and in his honor, please smile at the person standing next to you. Heaven is a happier place with him there. And for us whom he’s left behind, comedy is dead but long live comedy,” Eric added. Dolphy starred in over 100 movies, including several reprising his lovable lead character in John en Marsha, a popular, long-running television show. He is survived by 18 children by six different women….” – GMA News (READ MORE)

Order of the Golden Heart “…According to Malacañang, the Order of the Golden Heart was set up in 1954 by the late President Ramon Magsaysay to recognize individuals who have rendered distinguished service or given material aid to improve the condition of the masses. After the ceremony, Dolphy elicited laughter again when his family was called to be photographed with the President. As some of his children like Zia (his child with Padilla), actors Van Dolph (with former partner, actress Alma Moreno) and Rolly and Epi Quizon joined him onstage, Dolphy told the audience that he had many children, including seven based in the United States and one in Australia…Dolphy told reporters he could ask for nothing more. Of Mr. Aquino, he said: “I didn’t realize till now that our President was such a good man. I threw stones at him last election; now he gave me bread? this award, for which I will always be thankful.?…” – Christine O. Avendaño (READ MORE)

The Father “…Like any father, I have but one desire: to see to it that my family is fully satisfied. I always feel extremely happy when all my children typify the healthy and spirited youth. I’m proud to say that I’ve no problems with my five boys and lone daughter. They lead a normal life like most anybody, in spite of my being celebrity.” Dolphy mused…” – Nap AlipFoto Play, March 1969 (READ MORE)

Kung down na, huwag mo nang sipain – “…Hindi ako nakikialam sa pulitika. Kay Cory ka o loyalist ka, pareho sa akin. Mabut may freedom of speech na ngayon. Meron nga ba?,” he shoots back but answers himself. “Sa palagay ko talagang meron. Nakakatuwa yung si Hadji Alejandro at Florante, nakita ko minsan sa TV kumakanta…”…In this warm and genteel manner, Dolphy in all candor tell us how it saddens him that people who wield tremedous press power will go to gross entents just to malign, insult and shame…we countered that probably the mean crowd was a paid one and that they were there so that there would be a story to print. Maybe the headlines and the front page as it eventually did. “Bakit naman ganoon,” Dolphy said in grief and disdain. “Eh kasal naman noong tao. Naiinis lang ako ng ganoon. Kung down na, huwag mo nang sipain. Down na e. Hindi matgil ang pagjujuntahan tungkol sa artista maski sa programa sa TV, hindi naman isusulat pirmi yung kabutihan e di ba?” “huwag kang magagalit ha,” he takes a care not to be rude and continues, “pero mas masarap isulat yung baho. Wala namang hahanapan ng baho kung di artista lnag. Parang ganoon na ang silipan, hindi ba?” We claim that there has not been anything harmful said about him lately, that he is still respected. “Kung tungkol sa akin,” he comments disinterestedly, “tinatanog ko muna kung mabuti o masama. Kung masama hindi ko na binabasa. Sisirain ko yung araw ko.” Wala naman sinulat na masama pa, tungkol sa iyo,” we insists. “Anong wala,” he answers calmly without changing his mild voice tone, “ang dami dami na. Ngayon na lang siguro kaunti dahil wala na silang maisulat. Wala nang makitang hanggang sa pinatay na nga ako hindi ba?…” – Ada Dacay de leon, Weekend June 22 1986 (READ MORE)

John en Marsha “…In 1952, Dolphy met producer Dr. Jose “Doc” Perez of Sampaguita Pictures upon the recommendation of actor Pancho Magalona, father of the late rapper Francis Magalona. Dolphy said his first movie was Sa Isang Sulyap Mo, Tita, with Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran in 1953. Since then, Dolphy made more than 230 movies, including films based on komiks characters like Jack and Jill, Silveria, Captain Barbell, and Facifica Falayfay. “When I joined Sampaguita, my fee was P1,000 per movie. When my contract expired, P7,000 per picture na ako,” he said. He said he started on TV in the 1960s upon the invitation of ABS-CBN big boss Eugenio “Geny” Lopez, Sr. His first TV show was Buhay Artista, based on an idea of Mr. Lopez. “Sa radio, my talent fee was P250-P300 per program. On TV, my talent fee was a little bit higher, P500 per show,” he said. But his biggest TV program was John en Marsha, a sitcom that featured him and actress Nida Blanca as husband and wife. The show ran for 17 years until 1990, and spawned eight movie versions. “Ang success ng John en Marsha sa TV nag-translate sa big screen. I think ito lang ang local TV show na naisalin sa pelikula ng pinakamaraming beses. [The success of John en Marsha translated to the big screen. I think, this is the only local TV show that has been made into movie the most number of times],” he said. Dolphy admits that whenever he remembers John en Marsha, he can not help but feel sad about the death of Ms. Blanca, who was murdered nine years ago. The case remains unresolved. “As movie partners, we were a match made in heaven,” Dolphy said. “Magaling siya. Mayro’n kaming chemistry. Kung ano ang kaya ko, kaya niya, and vice-versa. OK kami sa comedy, sa musicals, sa drama. [She was excellent. We had chemistry. What I could do, she could also do, and vice-versa. We were OK in doing comedy, musicals, and drama].” “When she died, I felt bad. She does not deserve that kind of death,” he added….” – Jeffrey O. Valisno (READ MORE)

A Thesis “…While Dolphy’s iconic popularity has largely been appended to the roles or characterizations he has played over the years, and has been mainly, if not stereotypically, attributed to his personal exploits, this paper explores how this comic image, superimposed on the media hype that surrounds Dolphy’s own colorful life, moves beyond his career’s longevity or the controversies therein. Dolphy’s long and significant comic history in Philippine cinema has become a virtual template of what succeeds by way of the comic in Philippine popular visual media. While the predictability of his comedy petrifies him and ultimately limits the possible transformative value of his comedy, and while his reign as “king of Philippine comedy” is an appellation that may have begun as media hype, Dolphy can still be rightly valorized as “king” for the moment, for opening comic spaces for transgression/aggression in Philippine life…” – Maria Rhodora G. Ancheta (READ MORE)

Rodolfo Vera Quizon, Sr. (born July 25, 1928), known by his screen name Dolphy, is a Filipino comedian-actor in the Philippines. He is widely regarded as the country’s “King of Comedy” for his comedic talent embodied by his long roster of works on stage, radio, television and movies…In November 2010, President Benigno Aquino III conferred the Grand Collar of the Order of the Golden Heart to Dolphy – the highest award given to a private citizen by the President of the Philippines – for his contributions to the entertainment industry and for his charitable and philanthropic works. – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Dolphy and Vilma Santos

“…Batangas Governor Vilma Santos, who’s now identified with ABS-CBN, told the Inquirer: “The whole country is saddened by the news. He was simple but someone with a big heart for Filipinos. He entertained us for over 60 years.” The actress-politician recalled that she first shared the screen with Dolphy when she was a child star. “I worked with him and the late comedians Panchito and Chichay when I was 11 years old in the Sampaguita movie ‘King and Queen for a Day.’ That was 1963…” – Bayani San Diego Jr, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Jul 12 2012 (READ MORE)

Messages from Tito Dolfs – “…Pero even that time, tuwing gumagawa ako ng special for Vilma, nu’ng araw, lagi akong may nakukuhang message from Tito Dolfs. So ‘yun ang mga encounter ko kay Tito Dolfs,” bungad ni Gov. Vilma sa alaala niya sa Comedy King. “Kasi si Tito Dolfs… Lahat ng kagandahan, lahat ng puwede nating masabing pagpuri kay Tito Dolfs ay… Ako, papatunayan ko rin. Nakasama ko siya ng dalawang beses. Totoo lahat ‘yon! Even the time that we were together, si Tito Dolfs, talagang ano eh. Malayo sa personal. Tahimik siya sa personal eh. One li­ner. ‘Yung akala mo, walang kibo. ‘Pag bibitiw ng sa­lita, talagang tatawa ka! Hindi siya ‘yung maingay na klase porke sasabihin mong komedyante na maingay, hindi eh. Ang layo eh! “He’s a quiet person. Deep. Pero minsan, ‘pag magkukuwentuhan kayo, biglang sisingit ‘yon. One liner lang, pero tatawa kayong lahat…” – Jun Nardo (READ MORE)

Dolphy and Vilma Santos did four films together. The first one was in her first year in show biz and in a Dolphy-Chichay film. After six years, the two reunited in one of early films of Nida Blanca and Dolphy. The film was sort of about family planning and birth control. Vi was in minor role and one of the child actors featured in the film. They followed this up with minor roles in the Cirio Santiago’s all-star-cast film. By later part of 1970s, both Dolphy and Vilma became a regular staples in award shows receiving several trophies as box office king and queen. Finally, after almost a decade from their last outings and no longer his film daughter, Dolphy and Vilma did their last film (to this day), this time, Vilma played the leading lady, in a film, ironically, about show business. Also, that year, Doply became the only male actor who portrayed Darna, the female comic-super-heroine in Darna Kuno. Not to be undone, Vilma will reprise the role the following year in her fourth and final film as Darna in Darna at Ding. At present time, both superstars made headlines as contenders for Philippines’ National Artists honors. Vilma respectfully and publicly asked for Dolphy to confer the title ahead of her. – RV

King and Queen for a Day (1963) – “…Pangkaraniwang papel niya ang Everyman na mula sa karalitaan ay humahantong sa tagumpay – at lover boy pa, tulad sa mga sumusunod na pelikula: “King And Queen For A Day” (1963), “Rodolfo Valentino” at “Tayo’y Mag-Up Up And Away” (1970). Matagal siyang nakakontrata sa Sampaguita, pero nang magsara ang pangunahing movie company ay gumawa si Dolphy sa iba’t bang studio, tulad ng Lea Productions at Regal Films, at sa sariling RVQ Productions…” – Mario A. Hernando (READ MORE)

Pag-ibig masdan ang ginawa mo (1968) – “…Here’s the picture with the secret formula for birth control…”Pag-ibig Masdan Ang Ginawa Mo (September 7, 1969) ng RVQ Productions ang pinangunahan nina Vi, Dolphy, Nida Blanca, Panchito, Myrna Delgado, Katy de la Cruz, Bayani Casimiro, Rolly Quizon, Georgie Quizon at Teroy de Guzman. Ito ay sa iskrip at direksiyon ni Luciano B. Carlos at istorya ni Dan Quizon…” – Alfonso Valencia (READ MORE)

Happy Days Are Here Again (1974) – “…In 1974, the Big 3 studios of the 50s, LVN Pictures, Sampaguita Pictures and Premiere Productions reproduced a full-length movie showcasing a compilation of the musical comedies produced by the three studios. It was a painstaking job for the researchers since most of the best musicals produced by the three studios were either lost or destroyed. At the start of the project, director Lamberto V. Avellana was supposed to direct the film but eventually replaced by Ciro Santiago after so many changes in the project including the script. He ended up as consultant of the movie. The film was HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN, with brief narrations by movie stars like Gloria Romero, Nida Blanca, Susan Roces, Leopoldo Salcedo, Jaime de la Rosa, Eddie Gutierrez, Tirso Cruz III, Pugo, German Moreno and Ike Lozada…” – Pelikula Atbp (READ MORE)

Buhay Artista Ngayon (1979) – “…Talagang poor second lang noon si Vilma kay Nora Aunor, subali’t nang gawin niya ang trilogy film ng Sine Pilipino na Lipad Darna Lipad ay talagang lumipad ng husto ang kanyang box office appeal. Sinundan pa ito ng mga pelikulang Takbo Vilma Dali at Hatinggabi Na Vilma. Anupa’t itinambal din si Vilma sa mga matured leading man na katulad nina Eddie Rodriguez sa mga pelikulang Nakakahiya, Hindi Nakakahiya Part 2 kung saan nagkamit siya ng Best Actress Award sa 1st Bacolod City Film Festival at Simula Ng Walang Katapusan, Dante Rivero sa Susan Kelly Edad 20, Chiquito sa Teribol Dobol, Dolphy sa Buhay Artista Ngayon, Joseph Estrada sa King Khayan & I, Fernando Poe Jr. sa Batya’t Palu Palo at Bato Sa Buhangin, Jun Aristorenas sa Mapagbigay Ang Mister Ko, Dindo Fernando sa Langis at Tubig at Muling Buksan Ang Puso at Romeo Vasquez sa Nag-aapoy Na Damdamin, Dalawang Pugad Isang Ibon, Pulot Gata Pwede Kaya at Pag-ibig Ko Sa ‘Yo Lang Ibibigay…” – Alfonso Valencia (READ MORE)

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Si Vilma at si Dolphy

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Order of the Golden Heart “…According to Malacañang, the Order of the Golden Heart was set up in 1954 by the late President Ramon Magsaysay to recognize individuals who have rendered distinguished service or given material aid to improve the condition of the masses. After the ceremony, Dolphy elicited laughter again when his family was called to be photographed with the President. As some of his children like Zia (his child with Padilla), actors Van Dolph (with former partner, actress Alma Moreno) and Rolly and Epi Quizon joined him onstage, Dolphy told the audience that he had many children, including seven based in the United States and one in Australia…Dolphy told reporters he could ask for nothing more. Of Mr. Aquino, he said: “I didn’t realize till now that our President was such a good man. I threw stones at him last election; now he gave me bread? this award, for which I will always be thankful.?…” – Christine O. Avendaño (READ MORE)

The Father “…Like any father, I have but one desire: to see to it that my family is fully satisfied. I always feel extremely happy when all my children typify the healthy and spirited youth. I’m proud to say that I’ve no problems with my five boys and lone daughter. They lead a normal life like most anybody, in spite of my being celebrity.” Dolphy mused…” – Nap AlipFoto Play, March 1969 (READ MORE)

“Kung down na, huwag mo nang sipain.” – “…Hindi ako nakikialam sa pulitika. Kay Cory ka o loyalist ka, pareho sa akin. Mabut may freedom of speech na ngayon. Meron nga ba?,” he shoots back but answers himself. “Sa palagay ko talagang meron. Nakakatuwa yung si Hadji Alejandro at Florante, nakita ko minsan sa TV kumakanta…”…In this warm and genteel manner, Dolphy in all candor tell us how it saddens him that people who wield tremedous press power will go to gross entents just to malign, insult and shame…we countered that probably the mean crowd was a paid one and that they were there so that there would be a story to print. Maybe the headlines and the front page as it eventually did. “Bakit naman ganoon,” Dolphy said in grief and disdain. “Eh kasal naman noong tao. Naiinis lang ako ng ganoon. Kung down na, huwag mo nang sipain. Down na e. Hindi matgil ang pagjujuntahan tungkol sa artista maski sa programa sa TV, hindi naman isusulat pirmi yung kabutihan e di ba?” “huwag kang magagalit ha,” he takes a care not to be rude and continues, “pero mas masarap isulat yung baho. Wala namang hahanapan ng baho kung di artista lnag. Parang ganoon na ang silipan, hindi ba?” We claim that there has not been anything harmful said about him lately, that he is still respected. “Kung tungkol sa akin,” he comments disinterestedly, “tinatanog ko muna kung mabuti o masama. Kung masama hindi ko na binabasa. Sisirain ko yung araw ko.” Wala naman sinulat na masama pa, tungkol sa iyo,” we insists. “Anong wala,” he answers calmly without changing his mild voice tone, “ang dami dami na. Ngayon na lang siguro kaunti dahil wala na silang maisulat. Wala nang makitang hanggang sa pinatay na nga ako hindi ba?…” – Ada Dacay de leon, Weekend June 22 1986 (READ MORE)

John en Marsha “…In 1952, Dolphy met producer Dr. Jose “Doc” Perez of Sampaguita Pictures upon the recommendation of actor Pancho Magalona, father of the late rapper Francis Magalona. Dolphy said his first movie was Sa Isang Sulyap Mo, Tita, with Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran in 1953. Since then, Dolphy made more than 230 movies, including films based on komiks characters like Jack and Jill, Silveria, Captain Barbell, and Facifica Falayfay. “When I joined Sampaguita, my fee was P1,000 per movie. When my contract expired, P7,000 per picture na ako,” he said. He said he started on TV in the 1960s upon the invitation of ABS-CBN big boss Eugenio “Geny” Lopez, Sr. His first TV show was Buhay Artista, based on an idea of Mr. Lopez. “Sa radio, my talent fee was P250-P300 per program. On TV, my talent fee was a little bit higher, P500 per show,” he said. But his biggest TV program was John en Marsha, a sitcom that featured him and actress Nida Blanca as husband and wife. The show ran for 17 years until 1990, and spawned eight movie versions. “Ang success ng John en Marsha sa TV nag-translate sa big screen. I think ito lang ang local TV show na naisalin sa pelikula ng pinakamaraming beses. [The success of John en Marsha translated to the big screen. I think, this is the only local TV show that has been made into movie the most number of times],” he said. Dolphy admits that whenever he remembers John en Marsha, he can not help but feel sad about the death of Ms. Blanca, who was murdered nine years ago. The case remains unresolved. “As movie partners, we were a match made in heaven,” Dolphy said. “Magaling siya. Mayro’n kaming chemistry. Kung ano ang kaya ko, kaya niya, and vice-versa. OK kami sa comedy, sa musicals, sa drama. [She was excellent. We had chemistry. What I could do, she could also do, and vice-versa. We were OK in doing comedy, musicals, and drama].” “When she died, I felt bad. She does not deserve that kind of death,” he added….” – Jeffrey O. Valisno (READ MORE)

A Thesis “…While Dolphy’s iconic popularity has largely been appended to the roles or characterizations he has played over the years, and has been mainly, if not stereotypically, attributed to his personal exploits, this paper explores how this comic image, superimposed on the media hype that surrounds Dolphy’s own colorful life, moves beyond his career’s longevity or the controversies therein. Dolphy’s long and significant comic history in Philippine cinema has become a virtual template of what succeeds by way of the comic in Philippine popular visual media. While the predictability of his comedy petrifies him and ultimately limits the possible transformative value of his comedy, and while his reign as “king of Philippine comedy” is an appellation that may have begun as media hype, Dolphy can still be rightly valorized as “king” for the moment, for opening comic spaces for transgression/aggression in Philippine life…” – Maria Rhodora G. Ancheta (READ MORE)

Rodolfo Vera Quizon, Sr. (born July 25, 1928), known by his screen name Dolphy, is a Filipino comedian-actor in the Philippines. He is widely regarded as the country’s “King of Comedy” for his comedic talent embodied by his long roster of works on stage, radio, television and movies…In November 2010, President Benigno Aquino III conferred the Grand Collar of the Order of the Golden Heart to Dolphy – the highest award given to a private citizen by the President of the Philippines – for his contributions to the entertainment industry and for his charitable and philanthropic works. – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Dolphy and Vilma Santos

Dolphy and Vilma Santos did four films together. The first one was in her first year in show biz and in a Dolphy-Chichay film. After six years, the two reunited in one of early films of Nida Blanca and Dolphy. The film was sort of about family planning and birth control. Vi was in minor role and one of the child actors featured in the film. They followed this up with minor roles in the Cirio Santiago’s all-star-cast film. By later part of 1970s, both Dolphy and Vilma became a regular staples in award shows receiving several trophies as box office king and queen. Finally, after almost a decade from their last outings and no longer his film daughter, Dolphy and Vilma did their last film (to this day), this time, Vilma played the leading lady, in a film, ironically, about show business. Also, that year, Doply became the only male actor who portrayed Darna, the female comic-super-heroine in Darna Kuno. Not to be undone, Vilma will reprise the role the following year in her fourth and final film as Darna in Darna at Ding. At present time, both superstars made headlines as contenders for Philippines’ National Artists honors. Vilma respectfully and publicly asked for Dolphy to confer the title ahead of her. – RV

King and Queen for a Day (1963) – “…Pangkaraniwang papel niya ang Everyman na mula sa karalitaan ay humahantong sa tagumpay – at lover boy pa, tulad sa mga sumusunod na pelikula: “King And Queen For A Day” (1963), “Rodolfo Valentino” at “Tayo’y Mag-Up Up And Away” (1970). Matagal siyang nakakontrata sa Sampaguita, pero nang magsara ang pangunahing movie company ay gumawa si Dolphy sa iba’t bang studio, tulad ng Lea Productions at Regal Films, at sa sariling RVQ Productions…” – Mario A. Hernando (READ MORE)

Pag-ibig masdan ang ginawa mo (1968) – “…Here’s the picture with the secret formula for birth control…”Pag-ibig Masdan Ang Ginawa Mo (September 7, 1969) ng RVQ Productions ang pinangunahan nina Vi, Dolphy, Nida Blanca, Panchito, Myrna Delgado, Katy de la Cruz, Bayani Casimiro, Rolly Quizon, Georgie Quizon at Teroy de Guzman. Ito ay sa iskrip at direksiyon ni Luciano B. Carlos at istorya ni Dan Quizon…” – Alfonso Valencia (READ MORE)

Happy Days Are Here Again (1974) – “…In 1974, the Big 3 studios of the 50s, LVN Pictures, Sampaguita Pictures and Premiere Productions reproduced a full-length movie showcasing a compilation of the musical comedies produced by the three studios. It was a painstaking job for the researchers since most of the best musicals produced by the three studios were either lost or destroyed. At the start of the project, director Lamberto V. Avellana was supposed to direct the film but eventually replaced by Ciro Santiago after so many changes in the project including the script. He ended up as consultant of the movie. The film was HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN, with brief narrations by movie stars like Gloria Romero, Nida Blanca, Susan Roces, Leopoldo Salcedo, Jaime de la Rosa, Eddie Gutierrez, Tirso Cruz III, Pugo, German Moreno and Ike Lozada…” – Pelikula Atbp (READ MORE)

Buhay Artista Ngayon (1979) – “…Talagang poor second lang noon si Vilma kay Nora Aunor, subali’t nang gawin niya ang trilogy film ng Sine Pilipino na Lipad Darna Lipad ay talagang lumipad ng husto ang kanyang box office appeal. Sinundan pa ito ng mga pelikulang Takbo Vilma Dali at Hatinggabi Na Vilma. Anupa’t itinambal din si Vilma sa mga matured leading man na katulad nina Eddie Rodriguez sa mga pelikulang Nakakahiya, Hindi Nakakahiya Part 2 kung saan nagkamit siya ng Best Actress Award sa 1st Bacolod City Film Festival at Simula Ng Walang Katapusan, Dante Rivero sa Susan Kelly Edad 20, Chiquito sa Teribol Dobol, Dolphy sa Buhay Artista Ngayon, Joseph Estrada sa King Khayan & I, Fernando Poe Jr. sa Batya’t Palu Palo at Bato Sa Buhangin, Jun Aristorenas sa Mapagbigay Ang Mister Ko, Dindo Fernando sa Langis at Tubig at Muling Buksan Ang Puso at Romeo Vasquez sa Nag-aapoy Na Damdamin, Dalawang Pugad Isang Ibon, Pulot Gata Pwede Kaya at Pag-ibig Ko Sa ‘Yo Lang Ibibigay…” – Alfonso Valencia (READ MORE)

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Filmography: Pag-Ibig, Masdan ang Ginawa Mo (1969)

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Basic Information: Direction and Screenplay: Luciano B. Carlos; Cast: Dolphy Nida Blanca, Panchito, Myrna Delgado/ Also Starring Katy dela Cruz, Bayani Casimiro, Teroy de Guzman, Georgie Quizon and Vilma Santos, Rolly Quizon, Manuel Quizon, Pete Andal, Frank Vera, Jaime Ladiano, Angel Casaje, Ben David, Ike Fernando, Vic Pacia, Jessette; Story: Dan Quizon; Choreography: Al Quinn; Music: Restie Umali; Production Company: RVQ Productions; Release Date: September 7, 1968 at Globe Theatre

Plot Description: No Available Data

Film Achievement: The second of four films films of Dolphy and Vilma (the other films are King and Queen for the Day, Happy Days Are Here Again, Buhay Artista Ngayon); 1970 FAMAS – Best Actor Nomination – Dolphy

Film Review: “…Ipinanganak nga marahil si Ma. Rosa Vilma Tuazon Santos sa show business dahil sa pagitan ng taping ng “Larawan..” ay nagkasunod-sunod na ang kanyang mga pelikula…“Pag-ibig, Masdan Ang Ginawa Mo” ng RVQ Films (Setyembre 7 – 13, 1969)…hanggang “Young Love” ng VP Enero 1 – 21, 1970) ng lumikha ng rekord sa takilya….Makalipas ang mga tatlong buwan, nakatanggap ng maikling sulat si Mama Santos muka lay G. Agra. Naghahanap ang Sampaguita Picutures ng batang babae na gaganap ng mahalagang papel sa “Anak, Ang Iyong Ina!” at isinali ng amain ang pangalan ni Vi. Hindi puwedeng lumiban si Papa Santos sa pinpasukang government office, at ayaw naman nilang mapahiya ang kamag-anak, kaya napilitan si Mama Santos na humingi ng day=off sa opisina (Aguinaldo’s). Pagdating sa studio, wala si G. Agra at nasa location shooting, ngunit totoong naroroon ang pangalan ni Vi, kaya’t pinapasok sila sa tanggapan. Napadaan sa harapan ni Mama Santos si Bella Flores na dala ang script ng “Trudis Liit.” Nagulumihanan si Mama Santos. Binasa niyang muli ang liham ni G. Agra. Mali yata ang napuntahan nila! Akma niyang tatawagin si Vi na noon ay nkikipaglaro sa iba pang mga bata upang yayain na itong umuwi, nang pumasok sina Mommy Vera, Dr. at Mrs. Perez, at Eddie Garcia. At doon nagsimula ang movie career ni Vi na magpahanggang ngayon ay batbat pa rin ng iba’t ibang panunuri, opinyon at konklusiyon…” – Ched P. Gonzales (READ MORE)

Here’s the picture with the secret formula for birth control…”Pag-ibig Masdan Ang Ginawa Mo (September 7, 1969) ng RVQ Productions ang pinangunahan nina Vi, Dolphy, Nida Blanca, Panchito, Myrna Delgado, Katy de la Cruz, Bayani Casimiro, Rolly Quizon, Georgie Quizon at Teroy de Guzman. Ito ay sa iskrip at direksiyon ni Luciano B. Carlos at istorya ni Dan Quizon…” – Alfonso Valencia (READ MORE)

Filmography: King and Queen for a Day (1963)

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Basic Information: Director: Mar S. Torres; Story and screenplay: Ading Bernando, Jose Leonardo; Cast: Dolphy, Chichay, Jose Mari Gonzales, Liberty Ilagan, Panchito, Aruray, Naty Santiago, Johnny Misa, Ven Medina, Venchito Galvez, Vilma Santos, Herminia Carranza, Cora Maceda, Pepe Salameda, Naty Mallares, Apolonio Abadeza; Producer: Jose O. Vera; Original Music: Carding Cruz; Release Date:3 July 1963 (Philippines); Produced: Sampaguita Pictures; Film poster: Video48 – IMDB (READ MORE)

Plot Description: No Available Data

Film Achievement: First movie with Dolphy and Chichay

Film Reviews: “…This movie was in tribute of the staff and crew behind the movies produced by Sampaguita Pictures. They were played by Dolphy, Panchito, Chichay and other actors and actresses of the said film outfit. The title was about a popularity contest in the studio where some of the said staff and crew were the candidates. Here, the King of Comedy played a janitor named “Julio Antukin” who became involved in most of the hilarious situations in the movie studio premises like throwing the pin of the grenade instead of the grenade, when he replaced a bit player, at the site where a movie director, played by Ading Fernando, was standing giving instructions about a scene. Another one was when he was assigned in the sound room where his clumsiness in the operation of its equipment caused the switching of the male and the female voices of its contract stars, played by Jose Mari Gonzales and Liberty Ilagan, in a musical number scene. In the end, he redeemed himself, when he was able to help the studio from being robbed by a gang of criminals which made him the “King” while Chichay was the “Queen”. Vilma Santos appeared in this movie as Dolphy’s younger kid sister…” – Melcore’s CinePlex Blog (READ MORE)

“Chichay (born Amparo R. Custodio; January 21, 1918 – May 31, 1993) was a Filipino comedienne. Her short and stocky stature, scratchy voice and prematurely aged appearance allowed her to portray grandmothers while only in her thirties. She was born in Tondo, Manila, the daughter of a ship steward, Jose Pacifico Custodio and Maria Robles of Bulacan. In 1945, she married Hercules Saenz Moya of Iloilo. She entered showbusiness as a teen, joining the “Samahang Antonieta” as a singer with her sister Iluminada. She also appeared as a chorus line dancer at the bodabil shows of Katy de la Cruz. Soon a regular at the bodabil circuit, she received her stage name “Chichay” from Atang de la Rama. The name was a corruption of the Japanese word “Chiisai”, meaning “short”, in reference to Chichay’s own short height and she got famous for her toothless appearance but in reality she still got 2 molars left. Chichay appeared in her first film, Sampaguita Pictures’s Huwag Ka Nang Magtampo, in 1949. She became a star in 1953 after appearing in Gorio and Tekla, opposite Tolindoy. In the next decade, Chichay and Tolindoy became a popular comic duo, often paired together in films….” – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

“…Ipinanganak nga marahil si Ma. Rosa Vilma Tuazon Santos sa show business dahil sa pagitan ng taping ng “Larawan..” ay nagkasunod-sunod na ang kanyang mga pelikula…“King ang Queen For A Day” (Hulyo 4 – 13, 1963)…ng lumikha ng rekord sa takilya…Makalipas ang mga tatlong buwan, nakatanggap ng maikling sulat si Mama Santos muka lay G. Agra. Naghahanap ang Sampaguita Picutures ng batang babae na gaganap ng mahalagang papel sa “Anak, Ang Iyong Ina!” at isinali ng amain ang pangalan ni Vi. Hindi puwedeng lumiban si Papa Santos sa pinpasukang government office, at ayaw naman nilang mapahiya ang kamag-anak, kaya napilitan si Mama Santos na humingi ng day=off sa opisina (Aguinaldo’s). Pagdating sa studio, wala si G. Agra at nasa location shooting, ngunit totoong naroroon ang pangalan ni Vi, kaya’t pinapasok sila sa tanggapan. Napadaan sa harapan ni Mama Santos si Bella Flores na dala ang script ng “Trudis Liit.” Nagulumihanan si Mama Santos. Binasa niyang muli ang liham ni G. Agra. Mali yata ang napuntahan nila! Akma niyang tatawagin si Vi na noon ay nkikipaglaro sa iba pang mga bata upang yayain na itong umuwi, nang pumasok sina Mommy Vera, Dr. at Mrs. Perez, at Eddie Garcia. At doon nagsimula ang movie career ni Vi na magpahanggang ngayon ay batbat pa rin ng iba’t ibang panunuri, opinyon at konklusiyon…” – Ched P. Gonzales (READ MORE)

“…Pangkaraniwang papel niya ang Everyman na mula sa karalitaan ay humahantong sa tagumpay – at lover boy pa, tulad sa mga sumusunod na pelikula: “King And Queen For A Day” (1963), “Rodolfo Valentino” at “Tayo’y Mag-Up Up And Away” (1970). Matagal siyang nakakontrata sa Sampaguita, pero nang magsara ang pangunahing movie company ay gumawa si Dolphy sa iba’t bang studio, tulad ng Lea Productions at Regal Films, at sa sariling RVQ Productions…” – Mario A. Hernando (READ MORE)

“…Batangas Governor Vilma Santos, who’s now identified with ABS-CBN, told the Inquirer: “The whole country is saddened by the news. He was simple but someone with a big heart for Filipinos. He entertained us for over 60 years.” The actress-politician recalled that she first shared the screen with Dolphy when she was a child star. “I worked with him and the late comedians Panchito and Chichay when I was 11 years old in the Sampaguita movie ‘King and Queen for a Day.’ That was 1963…” – Bayani San Diego Jr, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Jul 12 2012 (READ MORE)