Sharing Comedy King’s legacy of laughter

The country’s top three networks and their stars join forces in historic fundraiser for Dolphy’s foundation


BOY2, Epy, Eric, Vandolph and Ronnie Quizon in a Jackson 5 number. Photo by Arnold Almacen

It took all three major TV networks, and its roster of stars, to approximate the greatness of the one and only King of Comedy, Dolphy.

AIAI de las Alas. Photo by Arnold Almacen

That, in a nutshell, was what happened at Wednesday night’s musical tribute to Dolphy, dubbed “Alay Tawa, ”  at the SM MOA Arena.

The late comic’s grandsons Rowell Quizon and John Quizon opened the show at 7:48 p.m.  with serious ballads and stunning impersonations of various celebrities like  Nora Aunor, Manny Pacquiao,  Mommy Dionisia, and their Lolo Dolphy.

The show’s hosts represented the country’s top three networks: Judy Ann Santos, Bernadette Sembrano, Toni Gonzaga (ABS-CBN); Paolo Bediones, Lorna Tolentino, Edu Manzano, Ryan Agoncillo, Alex Gonzaga (TV 5); Marian Rivera, Carla Abellana, Dennis Trillo,  and Rhea Santos (GMA 7), among others.

JUDY Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo. Photo by Arnold Almacen

Maricel Soriano, who played the Comedy King’s daughter in the sitcom “John en Marsha,”   hosted a segment, too.

The performers also crossed network lines to guest in this show which was staged to raise funds for various causes of the Dolphy Aid Para Sa Pinoy Foundation, namely: the Philippine Red Cross, Eye Bank Foundation and Project Hope in a Bottle.

(A P500,000 check  was given by the late comedian’s son Eric Quizon to Nanette Medved-Po of Project Hope in a Bottle  for the construction of a classroom at the Emilio Jacinto Elementary School in Tondo.)

CARLA Abellana. Photo by Arnold Almacen

Among the featured performers were: Sharon Cuneta, Mart Escudero, Daniel Matsunaga (TV5); Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, Ai-Ai de las Alas (ABS-CBN);  Michael V, Ogie Alcasid, and Janno Gibbs (GMA 7).

A certified showstopper was the showdown between Kapuso Mark Herras and Kapamilya Gab Valenciano—a tap dance tribute to Bayani Casimiro and Dolphy.

MICHAEL V. Photo by Arnold Almacen

Of course, Dolphy’s real children Epy, Vandolph, Ronnie and Eric (as well as grandson Boy 2) joined in the revelry.

The Quizon siblings, along with the King’s youngest daughter Zia, also performed “Family”—from the musical “Dreamgirls.”

In one of the show’s  emotional highlights, La Aunor recited lyrics from Florante’s song “Handog.”

Another sentimental segment was Vic Sotto’s pre-recorded rendition of “Send in the Clowns,” which left Dolphy’s longtime partner Zsa Zsa Padilla in tears.

SMOKEY Manaloto. Photo by Arnold Almacen

The other stars, who appeared in pre-recorded segments, were Sotto’s “Eat Bulaga” co-hosts Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola, the cast of “Bubble Gang,” Eugene Domingo, Rosa Rosal, Gloria Romero, Nova Villa,  and  Vilma Santos, among others.

The “Going Bulilit” kids participated in a skit that recalled Dolphy’s old sitcoms “John en Marsha” and “Home Along da Riles.”

The big bosses of the three networks Felipe L. Gozon (GMA 7), Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III (ABS-CBN) and Manny V. Pangilinan (TV5) also gave video tributes.

ZSA ZSA Padilla and Karylle with Dolphy’s family. Photo by Arnold Almacen

Gozon’s message was particularly meaningful: “Dolphy belongs to all of us.”

The show ended at 11:15 p.m. with Zsa Zsa  joining the entertainers in singing “What a Wonderful World,” as Dolphy “performed” along with them on  the video wall. White confetti then rained on the audience.

The show will be aired by all three networks simultaneously on Sept. 30 at 10:30 p.m.

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  • andresa igbac

    tribute befitting the King of Comedy.

  • andresa igbac

    hope it will be replayed soon at an earlier timeslot. or maybe on a Saturday?

  • Andrew Dela Cruz

    sa newscast ng GMA hindi man lang na mention ang ABS-CBN at ABC 5 networks kahit mga performers puro taga GMA pa rin ang kilala nila. BITTER TALAGA ITONG UNGAS NA MGA TAGA GMA NETWORK NA ITO

  • jaciagar

    I also laughed at Dolphy’s jokes & comedy antics but I am no great fan of his. I think he is not a good role model for Filipinos. He actually promoted broken homes & encouraged promiscuity & adultery & promoted the image that showbiz is a normal setting for this type of immoral conduct. As a result so many young & even not so young people seem to emulate him. Do people realize the bitter social stigma & psychological toll broken homes have on the children in such situations? Is this now the normal social standard for the basic unit of society- the family? Is this his legacy, aside from laughter?

    • TMZPinoy

      I agree he is not a good role model for Filipinos…one thing i like only to Dolphy he did run for public office like Erap Estrada,Ramon Revilla,Lito Lapid,Bong Revilla who take advantages of their popularity in the movies…Imagine these people has no enough education to be senators,president of the Philippines. Bulok talaga ang sistema ng Pinas. Kailan pa tayo aasenso kung ganitong klaseng mga tao inihahalal ng mga mangmang na mga botante. Panahon na buwagin ang presidential system at bumalik sa Parliamentary system at mabigyan ng pag asa maluklok ang mga taong may pinag aralan at nagtapos ng batas sa ating mga matataas na paaralan.

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