Rodolfo “Dolphy” Quizon Sr.’s daughter Nicole said she felt loved and well-provided for despite having 17 siblings.
Nicole is Dolphy and long-time partner Zsa Zsa Padilla’s adopted daughter. The couple also has one biological daughter, singer Zia Quizon. She is based in Melbourne, Australia, where she studies Anthropology.
“Ganitong klaseng tao si Papa. May 17 siyang anak sa labas, isang ampon. Ang mga karaniwang minamasama sa TV, mga mahihirap—yun yung nagawa niyang mahalin ng lubus-lubusan,” Nicole said in her eulogy during the necrological service for the Comedy King at the Heritage Park Memorial Chapel in Taguig City on Thursday, July 12.
She added, “Lahat tayo minahal ni Papa. Lahat tayo napagtugunan niya ng pansin.”
Nicole said it was the country’s love for Dolphy that helped her father raise all his children.
“Dati iniisip ko, 18 children, saan niya nahuhugot lahat ng energy at pagmamahal na lahat kami well-provided for all through our lives kahit sa pagtanda namin, lahat naibibigay,” she said. “Ngayon alam ko na. Dahil sa ang buong sambayanan ng Pilipinas ay nagmamahal din sa kanya. At yun ang naibabalik niya sa amin.”
"Thank you na minahal ninyo si Papa kaya niya kami minahal. Thank you kahit madami na siyang hindi makikita sa amin ni Zia. I know he’ll be watching from far away," she said.
A doting father
She appreciated how her father, with the help of Zsa Zsa, was able to send her to Australia to study.“The thing I love most about Papa is nagpa-aral niya kaming lahat. With the help of Mama, napadala niya ako sa Australia,” she said. Nicole also shared how she and Zia would spend time with Dolphy when they were little.
Like a father
Maricel Soriano also shared how she felt like she’s also a daughter of the Comedy King.The actress worked with Dolphy and the late Nida Blanca in the sitcom “John En Marsha” when she was just nine. Maricel played the onscreen couple’s daughter Shirley. ABS-CBN later aired “John En Shirley,” a spin-off from the classic TV series with Dolphy and Maricel reprising their roles as father and daughter.
“Ang gusto ko ipaalam sa lahat, I may be a product of a broken family in real life but isa at nag-iisa lang yung Dolphy na nakapagparamdam sa akin na hindi ka pwedeng product ng isang broken family dahil meron kang mommy, meron kang daddy,” Maricel said, referring to her onscreen parents Dolphy and Blanca.
“Mamimiss kita, Dad. Wala nang pwedeng pumunta sa dressing room (mo) para sabihin sa mga tao na, ‘Utang na loob, magsi-labas kayong lahat, mawalang galang na sa inyo.’ Kasi kailangan mag-nebulize ni Daddy,” she quipped. “Tapos sasabihin niya, ‘O, pasensiya na, nandiyan na yung anak ko na bruha, kaya lumabas na kayo’.”
Maricel ended her eulogy: “Daddy, I love you so much and I’ll see you soon.”