Dolphy's partner of 23 years, Zsa Zsa Padilla whispered loving words to the King of Comedy while the body of the showbiz icon was being prepared by the funeral team that arrived at the Makati Medical Center late Tuesday.
In an interview aired Wednesday on "Umagang Kay Ganda," Dolphy's grandson Roel Quizon said, "Kanina noong inaayusan si Lolo, kinakausap-usap niya parang 'Lovey ang pogi pogi mo' tapos luluha siya."
In another interview with GMA News TV, he added that members of the family reacted differently during the hours following Dolphy's death on Tuesday, June 10.
"Iba iba kami ng nararamdaman kasi ang iba sobrang pagod na din kaya nag-relax na. Pero ang iba sobrang emotional pa din. Sila Tita Sally, si Vandolph."
The Quizons also wanted to extend gratitude to the nation for praying with them for the entire month Dolphy battled for his life.
"Maraming maraming salamat sa inyong lahat sa pagdarasal niyo sa kanya nadugtungan pa ang buhay niya nitong nakaraan, humaba pa. Mahal na mahal niya kayo kung alam niyo lang, kung makakapagsalita lang siya," Quizon said.
His Last Love
Although he didn't end up marrying his longtime partner, Dolphy described the singer-actress as his last and greatest love.
"Esperanza ang tunay na pangalan ni Zsa Zsa. It means hope. I hope to marry her. Ayaw ko nang sabihing I want to. Kasi pagwina-want ko, hindi natutuloy," Dolphy revealed in his biography "Dolphy: Hindi Ko Ito Narating Mag-Isa."
"Supportive siya sa mga anak ko lalo na in times of crisis," he said of Zsa Zsa, with whom he has two daughters, Nicole and singer Zia Quizon.
On "KrisTV" recently, Kris Aquino revealed that Dolphy had already asked Zsa Zsa to marry him, but the singer-actress declined. "Gugulo pa," as Zsa Zsa described it, seemingly pertaining to the costs of being the legal wife.
Back in 2009 when the Dolphy biography was launched in time for his 80th birthday, Dolphy said in jest that his first love is "Aida" and that his last is "Zsa Zsa," making him complete the long list of A-Z lovers, "kaya kumpleto ko na ang alphabet eh!"
Zsa Zsa shared how she met and fell in love with the Comedy King in the same biography written by Bibeth Orteza.
"He was the only man na nangungulit sa akin during that period. And charming, too. Who wouldn't fall in love with Dolphy? Plus, as fate would have it, depressed din ako," she said.
The singer-actress recalled having met Dolphy at Bistro Lorenzo in Greenhills in preparation for her upcoming US tour with the comedian. Together, they starred in RVQ Productions' "Mga Anak ni Facifica Falayfay" and Seiko Films' "Black Magic."
The then-budding actress revealed that her relationship with Dolphy was a roller coaster ride at first. What started out as rumor eventually blossomed into real love.
"I got tired of going home and being accused of doing things I hadn't done, to the point I started to think of living up to the accusations. So then it happened," Zsa Zsa said, who at the time, was experiencing marital problems with her first husband, Modesto Tatlonghari.
Negative reports started to get in the way. "So, I left for the US, and I told Dolphy, pagbalik ko, it's either tayo na, o split na. Talagang I gave him an ultimatum."
"We've been together for 20 years or so. No'ng magsimula kami, sabi ko, Lord, bigyan mo lang ako ng 10 years with this man, masaya na ako. Nakaka-20 na kami, so parang bonus na," Zsa Zsa shared on overcoming tests in her relationship with Dolphy.
"But when he's sick, I get so afraid of losing him. I sleep in a bunk bed beside him when he's hospitalized. Our daughters volunteer to take my place, pero umiinit lang ang ulo ko, I go 'NO!"
True enough, even at his deathbed, Zsa Zsa never left Dolphy.