Dolphy’s long-time partner Zsa Zsa Padilla says she misses his sweetness and generosity, and their simple bonding moments.
“Tumawag ako sa kapatid ko, sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Ate, sa palagay ko mahihirapan ako kapag nawala na si Dolphy.’ Dahil talagang ‘yung buhay namin for so many years nakapaligid sa kanya, hindi ko na alam kung ano ang gagawin ko. Alalayan mo lang ako.’ Kasi ayaw ko nang mangyari ang nangyari sa akin noon na hindi na ako bumabangon sa kama. Hindi ba meron commercial, para kanino ka gumigising? ‘Yun iyon,” Zsa Zsa said in an exclusive interview on “The Buzz” on Sunday, July 15.
Zsa Zsa and Dolphy’s 23-year relationship is a testament of true love, as reflected in their theme song “Through the Years.”
“The first two years with him was really difficult. Maraming sinasabi sa labas, apektado ka rin. Pero sabi ko, ‘Kung talagang mahal ko ang taong ito, paninindigan ko.’ And I did, I love him so much,” she said.
Given their big age gap, Zsa Zsa hoped they can be together for many years.
“Ang bilig-bilis talaga ng panahon, kung maibabalilk mo lang. Noong nag-umpisa kami, I really just bargained for ten years. Sabi ko, ‘Lord, if You give me ten years with this man, I’ll be the happiest. He gave me more than that.”
She recalled how they spent Dolphy’s last days together.
“Gustong gusto niya yung nilalambing. Yung mga huling days namin, sa totoo lang, nasa baba na kami (ng bahay),” Zsa Zsa said in another interview on “Star Talk” on Saturday, July 14.
She added, “Hindi niya sinasabing makulit ako pero palagi ko siyang kinukulit. Gusto niya iyon kasi he’s a very lively, energetic person.”
Zsa Zsa also revealed that she and Dolphy loved to sing old songs.
“We love to sing. Isa iyon sa mga bagay na nagbond sa amin, old songs. Ini-imagine ko yung boses niya na ka-duet ko. That’s what keeps me strong now. I just imagine it and it comforts me,” she pointed out.
‘Food trip’ also comes to mind whenever the family remembers Dolphy. Zsa Zsa said that the family loves to eat out and Dolphy was fond of bringing her food. Dolphy's family and friends also recalled in the necrological service how Dolphy always brought them food from Hizon’s Bakeshop.
“Kapag sinabi mong Dolphy sa pamilya namin, food trip palagi iyan talaga. Kaya medyo mahirap kumain eh. Actually, lahat ng mga paborito niyang restaurants pinapadalhan kami ng pagkain. Siyempre nandiyan ang Hizon’s, kagabi meron pa, marami pa, halos lahat,” Zsa Zsa revealed.
Zsa Zsa also shared that generosity is Dolphy’s worst and best trait, as he is very giving and selfless. And he always wanted the best for his children.
“Kung meron man siyang hihilinging, para sa mga anak niya. Na maging okay silang lahat,” she said.
Since Dolphy always wanted to make people happy and smiling, Zsa Zsa said he didn’t want to see them cry. So she held back tears as she kept vigil at Dolphy’s bedside at the Makati Medical Center Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
“Ayaw na ayaw niya na umiiyak kami sa harap niya. At the hospital, for many years, I have learned to make silent screams sa banyo. Pupunta ako ng banyo, sisigaw ako ng ganyan (with no voice). Tapos doon ako iiyak,” Zsa Zsa shared.
She hopes people will remember Dolphy with a smile, since this is what the Comedy King wanted.
“Kasi nga isa siyang komedyante, gusto niya na masaya lahat ng tao. At sinabi niya talaga iyon kapag naaalala niya at babanggitin mo yung salitang Dolphy, may smile sa mukha mo. Kapag Dolphy, may smile.”
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