Like Dolphy, the 83-year-old prized actor Eddie Garcia is prepared for his death. He has chosen to be cremated. Then, he wants his ashes strewn into Manila Bay.
"Ganyan talaga ang buhay, may hangganan. Sabi nga nila only two things are inevitable in life: Death and taxes," he told Bulletin Entertainment and select members of media at the grand launch of TV5's latest shows on primetime this season.
"Walang problema sa akin [ang ganitong usapan] -1995 pa lang, bayad na ang cremation ko." Garcia finds it impractical to spend on his coffin and burial lot. He doesn't plan to have an obituary nor have his remains up for public viewing.
"Para di n'yo na malaman," he said, somewhat in jest. "Para may magsasabi na lang sa inyo later na 'Patay na, nung isang taon pa...'
"Para di na maabala ang lahat."
Asked if he feels that Dolphy getting a National Artist award would be useless at this point even if he gets it, Garcia simply said that the comedian is more than deserving of it.
Has he thought of getting the same award someday?
"Kung dumating, dumating. Kung ibibigay sa'kin, ha. Di ko naman ipipilit o ipangangampanya."
Garcia doesn't work in order to build a catalogue that he hopes would lead to any award. For him, any work he does is hoped to lead to the next one then the next and so on, no more but no less.
"Trabaho lang ito."
Still very active, Garcia indulges in target shooting every weekend and shoots or tapes with no time limit several times in a week. He even tells his director to shoot as many sequences as they can in a day.
"Hinahamon ko pa nga ang mga nakakasabayan ko na mga bata na mag-shooting pa kami. Pag sumusuko sila, I tell them 'Quitters!"'
Garcia is cast in TV5's suspense series, "Third Eye." Also starring Eula Caballero, Lorna Tolentino, and Daniel Matsunaga, the series revolves around a young girl who discovers she has third eye while investigating the mysterious disappearance of her boyfriend. The show premieres on July 29 at 9:30 p.m.
Other new shows on TV5 are "Enchanted Garden" and "Artista Academy." Willie Revillame's "Wil Time Big Time" will be moved to a 7 p.m. time slot. The station will also cover the London 2012 Olympics.