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MANILA, Philippines - Dolphy's adopted daughter, Nicole, said her father was able to provide love to all his children and to others because he, too, was loved.
Nicole said that she was amazed and in awe at how her dad was able to take care of his 18 children and still care for others.
"The thing I love most about Papa is that napag-aral niya kami lahat and, ako laging sinusulat everywhere na ampon. May 17 siyang anak sa labas, isang ampon - ang minamasama sa TV - yan ang nagawa niyang mahalin ng lubus lubusan. Lahat tayo minahal ni Papa. Lahat napagtuunan niya ng pansin (He was able to send all of us to school. I was always written as an adopted child. He had 17 children born out of wedlock, an adopted child - seen in bad light on TV – still he was able to love dearly. Papa loved all of us. He was able to take care of us.)
“Dati iniisip ko, 18 children, saan niya hinuhugot lahat ng energy at pagmamahal na lahat kami well-provided for? Ngayon alam ko na, dahil sa ang buong Pilipinas nagmamahal din sa kanya (Before, I used to think, 18 children, where does he get all the energy and love to have all of us well-provided for? Now I know because the entire Philippines loved him too)," Nicole said in tears.
Nicole said she and her sister Zia were lucky to have had quality time with their dad.
She fondly recalled that Dolphy once picked them up from school as early as 1:30 p.m. just to watch the movie Titanic. Dolphy bought hotdogs for the girls.
"Ganun klaseng dad siya. Nakuha namin lahat ng (That was the kind of dad we had. We all got) quality time," Nicole said.
"Thank you na minahal niyo si Papa kaya niya kami minahal. Thank you kahit madami na siyang hindi makikita sa amin ni Zia. (Thank you for loving Papa; that is why he loved all of us. Thank you even though he'll never get to see much of me and Zia again.) I know he’ll be watching from far away," Nicole said.