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The deserving Dolphy

>> Monday, November 8, 2010

Comedy King Dolphy Quizon, who supported a different presidential candidate in the May 2010 elections, said he was extremely grateful for the high honor bestowed on him by President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III on Monday.

Dolphy, 82, received the Grand Collar of the Order of the Golden Heart from Aquino.

The recognition is given to “those who have rendered distinguished services or given noteworthy monetary or other material aid, encouragement to the campaign for the amelioration and improvement of the moral, social, and economic conditions of the Filipino masses, and for volunteerism in the service of the Filipino masses."

"Maraming maraming salamat. Hindi ko makakalimutan ito (Thank you very much. I will never forget this)," said an emotional Dolphy in his address after receiving the honor in Malacañang.

Dolphy is only the second individual to receive the honor since its inception in 1954.

The first awardee was Helen Keller, a noted humanitarian and author from the United States, who received the award in 1955.

In an ambush interview after the ceremony, Dolphy said he was surprised by the recognition.

He described Aquino as a kind man because the president gave him the award even though he endorsed Senator Manuel Villar Jr. in the last presidential elections.

"Binato ko siya ng bato, binato niya ko ng tinapay, diba, dahil nung eleksyon hindi ako sa kanya pero in spite of all that, binigyan pa niya ko ng ganitong award. Napakalaking utang na loob. Maraming maraming salamat," he said.

(I threw him a stone, he threw me bread. Remember, in the last elections I did not support him but in spite of all that, he gave me this award. This is a debt of gratitude. Thank you very much)," he said.

"Mabait na tao yan (He is a kind man)," added Dolphy.

The comedy king said he could not longer ask for anything more, not even a national artist award, joking that he already has "national arthritis."

Dolphy was accompanied in Malacañang by his long-time partner, singer Zsa Zsa Padilla and some of his children, including actors Vandolph and Epi Quizon.

The government said the conferment of the Grand Collar of the Order of the Golden Heart was given "in recognition of the life achievements of Mr. Quizon, both in terms of his show business career, where his comedy has brought joy to millions, but just as importantly, his well-known philanthropy and encouragement of charitable and good causes as well."

Among Dolphy’s citations for the award is the Dolphy Aid Para sa Pinoy Foundation, which gives scholarships to deserving children of overseas Filipino workers.

"Throughout his professional career, Mr. Quizon has brought entertainment to millions while upholding high standards in his profession. He has also characterized his other causes, even political advocacies, with good natured decency and respect for all," the government said.

Dolphy (born Rodolfo Vera Quizon, Sr. on July 25, 1928 in Pampanga though raised in Tondo, Manila), is a comedian-actor in the Philippines.

Quizon's parents are Melencio Espinosa-Quizon, a Filipino of Chinese descent, and Salud Vera-Quizon. –VVP, GMANews.TV

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