Rodolfo “Dolphy” Quizon received a final standing ovation befitting his stature as the King of Comedy as he was buried on Sunday at the Heritage Park in Taguig City.
His family and close friends rose to their feet and applauded as Dolphy’s gold coffin was closed.
The ceremony was brief as it was solemn, the way the Quizon family had wanted it.
At 1:55 p.m., the casket was wheeled out of the Heritage Park chapel for the short procession to the crypt about a hundred meters away.
A white horse was supposed to pull the carriage carrying Dolphy’s remains but the horse had died before the burial.
Following right behind the casket were Zsa Zsa Padilla, daughters Zia and Nicole Quizon, and the rest of Dolphy’s sons and daughters headed by Eric, Jeffrey, and Vandolph Quizon.
At the tomb, Padilla addressed the public and Dolphy one last time. After thanking everybody, she said, “I love you lovey ko. Till we meet again.”
The coffin was opened to give a chance for the family to say their final goodbye.
Dolphy’s son by Alma Moreno Vandolph was very emotional.
Fr. Larry Faraon, who had officiated a mass for the movie icon earlier, urged the people present to smile.
“Dolphy doesn’t want to see us sad, so let us all smile,” Faraon said. “Let us all say, ‘Dolphy, we’re happy because you are now with the Lord.’”
Padilla was the last to bid farewell, along with daughters Zia and Nicole. In tears, the actress hugged and kissed the casket for about a minute.
The song “Seasons of Love” played in the background.
Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, a close friend of Dolphy’s, honored the Comedy King with a salute before the casket was closed.
At that moment everybody gave Dolphy one last standing ovation. Then they showered the coffin with flowers as doves were released into the air.
The entire ceremony took about 30 minutes.
The casket was then slid into the black granite tomb.
The Quizon family sought crowd control assistance from the police and Heritage security, keeping the official list of guests to about 200.
Seen entering the chapel as early as 9 a.m. were Dolphy’s showbiz colleagues Eddie Garcia, Susan Roces, Edu Manzano, Carmi Martin, Lily Monteverde, Annabelle Rama and Eddie Gutierrez. Unlike all previous necrological rites held in Dolphy’s honor, there was no eulogy in yesterday’s Mass.
The final eulogy was held late Saturday in a gathering called “Parangal Patawa,” a comedy tribute to the Comedy King.
“Parangal Patawa” saw the likes of Pokwang, writer Cesar Cosme, Isko Salvador, Arnell Ignacio hitting punchlines and making even Zsa Zsa Padilla laugh during the last night of the wake.
Dolphy’s son Manny Boy Quizon spoke briefly to the media and asked for forgiveness and understanding from the public who were keeping vigil outside the Heritage.
He said the family is aware that all the sadness and loss “have yet to sink in at hindi namin mararamdaman ang lahat until bukas.”
Padilla said the most dreaded day for her will be the morning after the burial.
In an emotional TV interview aired yesterday, Padilla quoted a famous line from a TV commercial. “Yung tanong na para kanino ka gumigising? Yun yung...” then her tears failed the her voice.
She previously said that her life and entire schedules revolved around Dolphy particularly when the showbiz icon.
By KAYE VILLAGOMEZ and FRANCIS WAKEFIELD