Overseas Filipino workers in the Kingdom have expressed sadness over the death of veteran comedy actor Rodolfo V. Quizon — popularly known as Dolphy — on Tuesday night. He was 83.
Dolphy died from multiple organ failure after a cardiac arrest at Makati Medical Center.
Eric P. Asi, a senior electrical engineer at a local firm in Riyadh, told Arab News yesterday: “His death was saddening and surprising. His passing at 8:34 Tuesday night spread like wildfire. In Saudi Arabia, we knew about his death as soon as it took place.
“That only shows he touched the life of many OFWs while they were still youngsters in the Philippines.”
Asi added that until recently, he still watched reruns of Dolphy's shows on local television channels when he had the time.
Dolphy had appeared in more than 200 films aside from popular TV sitcoms like “Home Along Da Riles” (House Along the Railroad Tracks), which aired on ABS-CBN from 1992 to 2003.
Benny M. Quiambao, a community leader, added: “As a little boy, I used to watch his films which entertained viewers despite the problems of day-to-day life.
“One such film was 'John en Marsha'. Through his numerous antics, he touched the life of the common man.”
Quiambao said he wished Dolphy had been honored with the National Artist Award before he died.
Dolphy was Quiambao's neighbor in Cubao, Quezon City, in the 1960s.
“He had a house along E. Rodriguez Boulevard and owned a tailoring shop called ‘D’ Sharp’ at the corner or E. Rodriguez and New York Street. The tailors made suits only for Dolphy and his children.
“He sold this later to TV host Kuya Germs (German Moreno in real life).” Edward R. Rodriguez, a member of the Eastern Lawn Tennis Association (ELTA) in Dammam, also expressed sadness over Dolphy's death.