MANILA – Alma Moreno, a former partner of the late Comedy King Dolphy, on Thursday broke her silence on his passing, calling him a “good father” to their son, Vandolph, and a beloved person in her life who left her with many memories to cherish.
Conferring the National Artist Award on Dolphy posthumously would be a useless exercise, Moreno, an actress and Paranaque councilor, said.
“It is useless. Mas masarap na buhay pa siya at mararamdaman niya ang award,” Moreno, a former partner of the late comedian, said in an interview during the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Agreement between the Philippine Councilors League, Junior Chamber International (JCI) for a P1 million grant from Senator Edgardo Angara.
Various sectors had clamored for conferring the National Artist Award on Dolphy in the weeks leading up to his death on Tuesday.
Moreno, the president of PCL, has a son, Vandolph, from her eight-year relationship with Dolphy. She had not yet visited Dolphy’s wake.
“I am not missing in action. I am just so busy. I am going around for the PCL. However, kaninang umaga dapat nagpunta kami ni Vandolph, but he texted me na huwag na muna. Kasi mas gusto kong pumunta nang walang tao,” Moreno explained.
“Mahaba pa naman ang panahon. Hanggang linggo pa naman. Saka gusto ko kasama ko ang apo ko sa pagdalaw sa kanya,” Moreno added.
She said she will cherish her memories of Dolphy, especially the time they met and fell in love while making the 1981 film “Titser’s Pet” and their visit with Vandolph to Disneyland in California.
“Naalala ko noon, di ba ang taba-taba ni Vandolph? Kinakarga niya, pero hindi niya makarga,” Moreno reminisced.
She said Dolphy was a good father to all his children, especially Vandolph.
“That’s one thing that I admired about Dolphy — he was a good father. He prepared himself. Gusto niya sa time na iyon, nandoon lahat ng kanyang mga anak.”
She also paid respect to Zsa Zsa Padilla, Dolphy’s companion for the last 23 years.
“Wala akong balak na ipadala sa aming bahay ang kanyang burol. But I really admire Zsa-Zsa. Bilib talaga ako kay Zsa Zsa dahil nandoon siya hanggang sa huli,” Moreno said.