I was lucky to pay my last respects to the Comedy king “Dolphy” during the last public viewing at the Dolphy Theater in Quezon City. Working at an office that is just a walking distance from (ABS-CBN) Channel 2 has its advantages. Me and my colleagues just finished our lunch break when we decided to try our luck in saying goodbye to the great comedian, after all we saw on TV how long the queue was. Fortunately we came at a time when the wake is to be transferred to Heritage Park in Taguig thus we didn’t have to wait in a long line like the others.
What took our time is the roundabout way we had to walk to get to the Dolphy Theater. There was a tarpaulin setup outside so you can print your message for him and his loved ones as well as where candles can be lit. A set of photos were arranged on the walkway that relives his humble beginnings in show business.
Entering the theather, you will hear the soulful rendition of the song “Hindi Kita Malilimutan” by his wife Zsa-Zsa Padilla. I didn’t know then that the casket was golden metal and it was bought during the 1970’s although I noticed that he seems too big for it. I was just so intent in praying for him. I was indeed fortunate to have this once in a lifetime chance to say goodbye to the screen legend.
I am sure that he doesn’t want us to be sad but to remember the bunch of laughs that he brought us through the years.