Eric Quizon thanked TV5 chairman Manny V. Pangilinan on Saturday for footing his father’s bill at the Makati Medical Center where Dolphy was treated for 31 days before he succumbed to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Tuesday.
“He took care of my dad’s hospital bills. Thank you, Boss Manny,” Eric, the Quizon family’s spokesperson, said in an interview with the GMA gossip show “Startalk”.
Prompted by interviewer Ricky Lo that it was MVP’s birthday, Eric acknowledged that it was in fact the TV5 chairman’s 66th.
“Pero sa halip na siya ang tumanggap, siya pa ang nagbigay ng regalo sa pamilya namin,” Eric said.
Mr. Pangilinan is the chairman of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, which owns and operates the Makati Medical Center through its affiliate, Medical Doctors, Inc.
On Wednesday, during the necrological service hosted by ABS-CBN, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Dolphy’s partner for the last 23 years, thanked the TV5 management for continuing to pay Dolphy’s salary throughout the remainder of his life despite being unable to work since November last year.
Pangilinan said the gesture was ”a way of demonstrating to Mang Dolphy and to the family we’re there for him. If he could fight his illness and get him back, that was a tangible way of telling him, ‘please come back, get well and recover fully.’”
In his eulogy on Thursday, he called Dolphy “a Filipino in the truest sense and, at bottom, a kind and generous man.”
He also thanked the Comedy King for portraying his uncle Jesus in TV5′s first film venture, “Rosario”, which was based on the life of his grandmother.
During the necrological service hosted by TV5, the Quizon family paid tribute to the medical staff that took care of their patriarch during his month-long stay at Makati Med’s intensive care unit.
Dolphy will be buried at the Heritage Park on Sunday.