MANILA, Philippines – Once again, the King of Comedy came out to say that rumors of his death are greatly exaggerated.
Dolphy appeared on “Paparazzi Showbiz Exposed” on Saturday to disprove rumors circulating in the media and social networking sites that he is in dire health, if not dead already.
“Ito po si Dolphy at hindi po ako double,” he quipped in an interview taped in his Parañaque home.
The 83-year-old comedian used the interview to thank his fans, especially those who continue to watch his Sunday afternoon show on TV5, “Pidol’s Wonderland.”
“Gusto ko pong magpasalamat sa inyo. Gustong-gusto ko kayong makapiling pero nagpapalakas pa ako ngayon. Huwag kayong mag-alala, magkikita-kita pa tayo. [I want to thank all of you. I really want to be with you but for now I’m just regaining my strength. Don’t worry, we’ll see each other again soon] Mwah!” he said.
Singer-actress Zsa Zsa Padilla, his companion for two decades, said taking care of Dolphy has galvanized their family. “Everything that has happened to our family just brought us closer to each other. We’re tight now,” she said.
Zsa Zsa said their home is open to everyone among Dolphy’s children by other women who want to visit and cheer up their old man.
Since he came home from a recent hospitalization, she has hardly left his side.
“I’m just doing my job. Our relationship is tested, and we’ve been through a lot. And I know that if the same thing would happen to me, he would also do it for me,” she said.
One of Dolphy’s older children, TV5 director Eric Quizon, also expressed his gratitude to friends and fans who have prayed for his father’s good health.