Dolphy for President

Jul 15, 2012 by

My lola in Negros Occidental used the same exact sofa chair made of native rattan when watching TV after dinner for decades. I grew up seeing the rattan chair with her on it even if she’s not. We’ve had three TVs in my childhood life while in Negros. I clearly remember watching John En Marsha on our black-and-white TV with a cute sliding cabinet with lock. Back then, we only had 6 antenna channels. And with those 6 antenna channels, we thought we knew everything that was happening to the world. Amazing, wasn’t it?

My lola in Negros Occidental would watch John en Marsha like it was a requisite to life. I just can’t remember what specific day it would be aired, but I remember it aired on RPN 9. Back then, I was considered sosyal¬†because I watched RPN 9 — it only meant I patronized English-speaking newscast and foreign TV shows after the prime time. My lola would ask me to sit with her on the rattan chair (I was small, so yes, we fit) and she would laugh so hard at Delia Atay-Atayan, Matutina and ultimately, Dolphy. I felt I knew Dolphy very well. My lola would always make very loud reactions to the show’s dialogues as if she is part of it. ¬†For a while I even thought Dolphy was my Lolo.

I did not become a die-hard Dolphy fan, but I grew interested in him and what he did as an actor. As I was growing up, I would spend regular evenings watching Home Along Da Riles and even wanted to live along the riles (railroad). I thought it looked clean and cool and cozy on TV. I even asked my lola if she could make my room look like Kevin Cosme’s room by sticking a huge liquor calendar with a woman in skimpy bikinis. My lola was shocked she had to lecture me on pornography. Weird.

Dolphy is truly an icon. When he appeared on TV for the many, many shows that he had done, my psyche shifts automatically in getting ready to laugh. Dolphy’s face translated to laughter. Light-heartedness. Happiness. A reason for the TV-viewing kind of family to sit together and laugh together — almost like in prayer.

Dolphy has inspired so many of us through the years and we should not be sad that he is gone. He has left a legacy that will linger for a really long time — if not forever.

And yes, I vote for Dolphy to be a National Artist for Film after proper selection and recognition by his peers in the arts and culture.

Da King: Dolphy.

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