Manila honors its funniest son

The city of Rodolfo Vera Quizon's birth has ordered its government offices to fly flags at half mast to mark the passing of its famous son, Comedy King Dolphy.

In a memorandum shared by Manila City Mayor Alfredo Lim on his Twitter account Wednesday, all government offices in the city were ordered to display the Philippine flag at half mast for Dolphy, whom the city honored with a "Gawad Diwa ng Lahi" award at its 441st foundation day in June.

The award was given in recognition of the honor that Dolphy brought to the city as an actor and comedian "on stage, radio, television and film", the citation given to Dolphy on June 22 said.

Dolphy was born in Tondo, Manila in 1928 and sold peanuts and other snacks in Manila's theaters when he was young. He got his first break on stage in Manila, as a chorus dancer at the Avenue and Lyric theaters.

"(I) can't describe the sadness about pareng Dolphy's passing, the loss of a true friend I've had since I was a patrolman and he as a theater actor at Orient. Dolphy and I may have pursued different careers but the friendship and closeness stayed," Lim said Tuesday night when news of Dolphy's passing broke.

Quezon City, which calls itself "the City of the Stars" and has former actor-comedian Herbert Bautista as mayor, has yet to issue an order to fly flags at half mast, the mayor's office told Yahoo! Southeast Asia.

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Lenten procession more than just a spectacle VERA Files - The Inbox

    Text and photos by Kiersnerr Gerwin Tacadena, VERA Files Baliuag, Bulacan--This town is hosting what could be the country’s biggest Lenten procession consisting of more than 100 religious statues riding on carriages or carrozas. But concerns are being raised that … Continue reading → …

  • Holy Week in Mt Banahaw: Mysticism meets Catholicism VERA Files - The Inbox

    Text and photos by Patricia Isabel Gloria, VERA Files Dolores, Quezon—Around this time each year, hundreds of devotees flock to Barangay Sta. Lucia in Dolores, Quezon on the slopes of Mount Banahaw to celebrate Holy Week. Here, mysticism meets Catholicism, … Continue reading → …

  • Simbang lakad for Lolo Uweng VERA Files - The Inbox
    Simbang lakad for Lolo Uweng

    By April Anne Benjamin, VERA Files San Pedro, Laguna--For 14 Maundy Thursdays now, Inding Amoranto has prayed the rosary while walking the eight-kilometer distance from her house to the Shrine of Jesus in the Holy Sepulcher in the village of … Continue reading → …

POLL
Loading...
Poll Choice Options