Comedy king Dolphy’s statue unveiled in Manila


MANILA Mayor Alfredo Lim (right of statue) leads the unveiling of the Dolphy monument along with the family and friends of the late comedian in front of Museo Pambata on Roxas Boulevard on Tuesday. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

“Laughter is a sign that one takes life seriously.”

The chair of the movie review body quoted the late Jesuit priest, Benito Arguelles, to sum up the impact Dolphy had in people’s lives.

“The greatness of Rodolfo Vera Quizon (Dolphy’s real name) lies in the fact that in making all of us laugh, he took each and every one of us seriously. To Dolphy, we were all special in every joke that he delivered, with each song that he sung, with each dance number her performed,” Movie and Television Review Classification Board Chair Eugenio Villareal said, as a   monument for the comedy king was unveiled yesterday in front of Museo Pambata in Manila.

Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, a close friend of Dolphy, led the unveiling ceremony yesterday together with Dolphy’s children Eric Quizon, Epi Quizon, Vandolph, Nicole Quizon and other relatives.

Laura Quizon, Dolphy’s sister, sad the mayor and the late comedian grew up in Tondo. Lim was also one of the pallbearers who carried Dolphy’s casket at his funeral.

The 300-kg, 7-ft bronze statue was made by Jonas Roces, who also made the statue of action king Fernando Poe Jr. recently unveiled in front of the US Embassy in Manila and the 22-ft statue of Jose Rizal, the tallest in the world, in front of city hall in  Calamba and Laguna provinces.

In good company

Apart from the two Filipino movie industry giants, there are statues, too, of  former presidents  Corazon Aquino and Manuel Roxas.

Laura said that as a young boy, Dolphy sold peanuts and watermelon seeds in movie theaters. He also shined shoes, worked as a stevedore and as a calesa driver to support the family.

Dolphy Jr. expressed his thanks on behalf of the Quizon family.


Family, friends and fans reminisced about Dolphy’s shows, especially the defunct comedy series “John en Marsha,” where he portrayed John Puruntong, a poor lad who married the

The 7-ft bronze statue created by Jonas Roces captures the comedy king delivering a punch line to tickle generations. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

well-off Marsha Jones played by the late actress Nida Blanca.


Dolphy was an impressive tap dancer along with Bayani Casimiro Jr. at the Avenue, Lyric and Orient theaters.

His  first movie was “Dugo ng Bayan” with Fernando Poe Sr. Sampaguita Pictures launched him as a comedian in tandem with Panchito.

Lim said not everyone can make you laugh, and the joy given by Dolphy was priceless.

But an important aspect of Dolphy’s character was his generosity.

“He didn’t think ill of anyone. Instead, he wanted to know  how he could be of  help,” the mayor said.



Gemma Cruz-Araneta, deputy chair of the Manila Historical and Heritage Commission, said it was only right to place Dolphy’s statue in front of Museo Pambata, a beneficiary of the late comedian’s RVQ Foundation.

Dolphy was given the Outstanding Manilan award in 2010 and the Diwa ng Lahi award in 2012 by the city government of Manila.

He also received the Order of the Golden Heart in 2010 from President Aquino.

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  • w33k3nd3r

    Banayad Whiskey Forever!!!

    • ranjoranido

      hahaha. napanuod ko yan.

  • bayankopdi


    • koolkid_inthehouse

      He’s still the best comedian.

    • huseng_batute

      He’s being honored as a comedian.

      And BTW, he married only one woman. Or never nga yata. Ikinasal ba sila ni Sza Sza?

      • Mux

        Never married as far as I know.

    • ranjoranido

      hes not perfect. even our national hero babaero din eh. kung makabatikos ka naman ang linis mo. makitid utak mo.

  • gudwil2all

    another statue, the philippines has a penchant for dead art
    why not just restore all his films and recordings
    and make them available for research or private viewing

  • tra6Gpeche

    I believe that this statue represents the comedian Dolphy and not of Mr.Rodolfo Vera Quizon. Right?

    • desi derata

      Are they 2 different persons?

      • ranjoranido

        next time gagamit ka ng iodize salt ha.

      • desi derata

        hoy, totoy..when the discussion is about the character of a person, and you have no notion of moral benchmark, you should keep go somewhere to discuss about video games. No one is whining about dolphy’s indescretion, we are just stating the fact.

        It should be “iodized salt”, not iodize salt

      • ranjoranido

        hoy nene. how pathetic and pitiful. bwahahaha.

      • tra6Gpeche

        Definitely! One is the comedian and the other is a real person.

      • desi derata

        …and the comedian was not a real person, hence the comedian was immoral and the other was an upright individual.

      • tra6Gpeche

        Kabayan, it’s the other way around. Yes, the comedian is not a real person but morally okay. The other is a real person but not morally upright individual because of womanizing (if womanizing is against your conscience).

    • ranjoranido


  • arao_liwanag

    Only in the Philippines where people of low morale values are rammed to the throat of the nation and the press and church just keep quiet. The press especially who are suppose to be the conscience of the public.

  • noel

    Ok, ok. Manila has a statue of Dolphy. Let us all be happy. In this case, therefore, Makati should have a statue of Chiquito. At least Chiquito once was a councilor of the Makati City government. And he has not lived an immoral life.

    • desi derata


      Good point!

    • ranjoranido

      immoral? and how do you define moral? ang linis mo naman nakakahiya naman syo.

  • Hey_Dudes

    This must be the lowest these politicians has taken the country down just to score some points with those who adore this late comedian. I am no longer sure whether the brains of these people are still functioning correctly.

  • penoy2012

    Is this monument approved by the National Historical Commission? I like Dolphy – he helped a lot of people, and all heroes have their faults. But I think there are criteria before monuments are built on government places. The youth may just think that the state promote promiscuity and womanizing, rejects the sanctity of marriage, etc.

    • $5699914

      Me thinks Museo Pambata is not public, but private in nature.

      • penoy2012

        The Museo is a private foundation, but the lot and building is owned by the City of Manila, though for years, they gave free lease.

      • $5699914

        Hence, the statue being put there is not breaking any law, as I see it.
        I think if the putting of the statue is illegal, someone will call the concern of the authorities. Until then, nothing could be said against it….for now.

  • rudy_boy


    NO doubt, the new monument erected will be mistaken as our
    National Hero by some visiting American.

    It’s more visible ( traffic wise ), than the monument of
    Cory Aquino and Manuel Roxas.

    Hence, a good monument, but erected in a wrong place. Better
    in Tondo, his (Doplhy) Birthplace …

  • Billy Reyes

    If dolphy only use his fame to become a politician he could win easily. not like Erap he’s not greedy he knew that he’s not competent to be a politician. Sana ganito rin ang ibang politiko sa ating bansa kapag alam nilang wala silang qualification huwag na silang tumakbo.
    For this reason I really respect Dolphy…

  • kilabot

    there are statues honoring enemy collaborators and traitors;
    they should be taken down;
    dolphy’s collaboration was with women;
    would be appropriate if it were erected
    along mabini st. in ermita.

    • Mux

      “Erected”. You bet Dolphy had no problem with it being “erected” :D

  • boybakal

    This is unfair.
    If Dolphy has a statute, why not erect for Chiquito too.
    I love Chiquito than Dolphy.
    He was so funny by just looking at his face.

    He is not a womanizer, a trait for monument.

    • ranjoranido

      i would rather be happy if they create a statue for you. since youre not a wamanizer and youre so malinis ala jesus christ ka.

  • ranjoranido

    ang daming nga cocoment dito tungkol sa mga pagkakamali ni dolphy sa buhay. just remember the good things that he has done. besides di naman sya kriminal. he was a great comedienne. kayo? kung umasta at makabatikos akala nyo ganun kyo kalinis. NAGMAMALINIS baka pa. may isa pa dyan may immoral immoral pa nalalaman. ang taas naman ng moral mo sa buhay. pero kapwa mo di mo kayang igalang.

  • eltee2012

    >>>sa mga taong hindi sang-ayon, galit at hindi humanga ni Dolphy, pag-uwi ninyo o kung mayroon man kayong dala, subukan ninyo humarap sa salami…tingnan ang sarili ninyo habang kayo ay nakangiti at nakataas ang mga kilay. Saka ninyo sabihin ano ang inyong nakita at napansin.

  • eltee2012

    >>>sa mga taong hindi sang-ayon, galit at hindi humanga ni
    Dolphy, pag-uwi ninyo o kung mayroon man kayong dala, subukan ninyo
    humarap sa salamin…tingnan ang sarili ninyo habang kayo ay nakangiti at
    nakataas ang mga kilay. Saka ninyo sabihin ano ang inyong nakita at

  • BatangSingapore

    ang museo pambata ay isang negosyo, kung saan ang entrance fee nito ay napupunta sa mga ungas na negosyanteng intsik na naglagay ng mga interactive models etc.

    wala ka makikitang sumasalamin sa mga extra ordinary things na kontribusyon ng mga bata sa lipunan. na dapat sana ay hinahangaan at ginagaya ng mga kasalukuyan kabataan.

    ang rebulto naman ay hindi basta nilalagay lamang sa isang lugar para makahatak ito ng bayad. dapat ikaw intsik behong lim nilinis mo muna ang maynila at inalis ang mabantot na amoy nito. diyan mo makikita kung anong lider politika meron ang maynila puros kababuyan.

    sa uulitin at sa mga politikong may interest na maglagay ng rebulto ay sana isipin nyo muna kung pwede ito pag malaki. manyari ang inis ng tao sa maynila at siya rin kaiinisan sa mga rebultong nilalagay nila. susko wala na ba talaga utak ang mga filipino!

    gayahin ninyo ang pransya, italya, britanya at amerika, ang mga rebulto nila at magnificent, kinabibiliban at higit sa lahat ay hindi ginagamit para pang attract ng tao para makakuha ng entrance fee.

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