Dolphy monument unveiled in Manila
Manila, Philippines — The monument of the late Comedy King Dolphy, built in front of the Museo Pambata on Roxas Boulevard, Manila, was unveiled yesterday morning.
Leading the ceremony was Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim – a close friend of the beloved ace comedian – who shouldered the expenses for the construction of the monument.
Dolphy’s family, including his children Dolphy Jr., Eric, Epy, Nicole, Vandolph, Ronnie, Sally, and Rolly graced the unveiling.
Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) Chairman Eugenio “Toto” Villareal was also present, laying a wreath on the statue.
In his speech, Mayor Lim hailed the comedy king’s good example in bringing smiles to the Filipino people in a sincere way.
“Madali ang maging tao pero mahirap yung magpakatao ang ibig sabihin niyan iyung talagang tunay na tao hindi na-mimirwisyo kahit kanino, walang iniisip na masama. Bagkus ang iniisip niya kung papaano siya makakatulong,” Lim said.
Lim encouraged the youth to emulate Dolphy’s quiet philanthrophic ways and kindness to his family, friends, co-workers and the general public.
Villareal, in his speech, portions of which were quoted on MTRCB’s Twitter account, related the wisdom he got from Dolphy’s work, such as “John en Marsha,” saying, “I learned the beauty of the adversarial process… the discovery of what is true.”
He likewise encouraged the youth of the city to emulate the Tondo, Manila native – respected and admired not only for his talent but also for his kindheartedness and professionalism.
Divine Diva Zsa Zsa Padilla thanked via Twitter the city government of Manila and Mayor Lim for honoring her long-time partner. She, however, failed to attend the ceremony.
In her tweet to Manila Bulletin’s Art Samaniego, the singer-actress said, “Unveiling of statue? Blood works this morning and now at therapy and back at hospital for more tests today. Part 3 of checkup.”
The approximately 300-kilo statue by sculptor Jonas Roces is a seven-foot bronze hot cast antique, and shows a standing, smiling Dolphy as he points his right forefinger upward.
Museo Pambata, meanwhile, happens to be one of the beneficiaries of Dolphy’s RVQ Foundation.
Manila Bulletin || 17 April 2013