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MANILA, Philippines - To get closer to Zsa Zsa Padilla, the King of Comedy once asked his producer to extend the taping of a Dolphy special.
This was disclosed by Kitchie Benedicto, a longtime friend of the veteran actor and the producer of "John and Marsha," the longest-running primetime sitcom in the 1970s and 1980s.
But before Benedicto disclosed her secret with Dolphy, she appealed to Vandolph, Dolphy's son with actress Alma Moreno, not to get angry.
"Vandolph huwag kang magalit sa akin ha," said Benedicto Thursday night during the mass and eulogy arranged by TV5 for Dolphy at the Heritage Park in Taguig City.
"When we did a Dolphy special the first time we guested Ms. Zsa Zsa Padilla, nag-connive kami ni pare. Sabi niya sa akin, 'Mare, gawan mo naman ng paraan para humaba taping," said Benedicto.
"I cannot forget that because Zsa Zsa was doing the song 'Material Girl.' It was so funny. I died laughing. Pinipilit niyang humaba iyong taping. Kawawang Zsa Zsa, nagtiis," she added.
Zsa Zsa and Dolphy lived together for 23 years. During Wednesday's eulogy, Zsa Zsa said that it was Dolphy who taught her the meaning of true love.
The singer-actress said that through Dolphy, she learned how to love and be loved.
“Kung meron siyang kapintasan, palagi kong sinasabi, 'yon ay ang pagiging sobra niyang mapagbigay," said Zsa Zsa.
"Mahirap magsabi sa kanya na may gusto kang bagay kasi kung mahal ka niya, gagawin niya ang lahat para maibigay niya sa iyo," she added.
Also during Thursday's eulogy, film producer Lily Monteverde said Dolphy wasn't just the king of comedy but the king of love as well.
Monteverde said Dolphy was "overflowing with love for everyone," not just for his friends and family but also for other people around him.
She said the veteran actor was "not materialistic" than when she asked how much talent fee she should give him, Dolphy just said, "Bahala ka na."