Friday, July 13, will be a National Day of Remembrance in honor of Rodolfo Quizon Sr., better known as Dolphy.
President Benigno Aquino III signed Proclamation No.433 Thursday evening" in recognition of how the nation deeply feels the passing of Dolphy."
Aquino said in the proclamation "that every milestone that Dolphy marked in a career that spanned decades, raised the standards of the entertainment industry, and strengthened our cultural identity, giving innumerable aspirants an example to look up to."
The President also praised Dolphy as a philanthropist, saying the comedian helped people out of a "deep-rooted recognition of the promise within his fellowmen and a genuinely generous heart."
Beyond that, however, Aquino said that the most important thing to honor about the King of Comedy was how he made people laugh.
"This was the greatest gift he gave the Filipino people, and this is the kindness that he will always be remembered for: Dolphy was relentless in reminding us all to always open ourselves to joy," the President said. He added Dolphy should be remembered with joy, and not sadness.
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