My Thoughts on Dolphy

I know this is 15 days late but I wrote this anyway.

When the Department of Tourism launched the “It’s more fun in the Philippines” campaign early this year,  I wrote this in reply to a tweet.

 

I was thinking about the Philippine sitcoms I enjoyed: “Home Along Da Riles”, “Okay Ka Fairy Ko”, “Abangan ang Susunod na Kabanata”, “Ober da Bakod”, etc. I wish I could say I enjoyed “John en Marsha”. My parents did. Once in a while, my father would blurt out, “Kaya ikaw, Kat, magsumikap ka.” It is the line Dely Atay-atayan’s character would often tell  John (Dolphy).

Little did I know that I would go back to the same nostalgia I felt 6 months after I wrote that twitter reply. Dolphy died in the evening of July 10. Twitter was buzzing because there were two celebrities who announced his death on  Twitter before media did. Because of the confusion, a lot of people wrote their condolences and retracted them and wrote them again.

I remember an episode on “The Newsroom“. (Yes, it is my new favorite show. Sorry if I refer to it often .)  It was an episode where the newsroom was in a dilemma whether to report that a certain public figure is dead when every media network already did. They were still waiting for a confirmation from their sources.  I remember the line: “It is the doctor who proclaims that a person is dead.” In the celebrities’ case, they should have allowed the family member to break the news or at least ask permission from the family member if it is okay to tweet about it.

I can’t say I miss Dolphy because that would be lie.  What I really miss are Philippine sitcoms.  I was in high school when ‘Home Along Da Riles’ aired. I was living in a dormitory and TV was not permitted during school days. I sometimes daydreamed about having a personal TV just to watch it. Almost 20 years later,  my wish is now a reality. There are mobile phones with TV feature. The sad reality though: no more Philippine sitcoms and Dolphy already passed away.

The upside: Tito, Vic and Joey are still alive. I can’t remember any of their movies but I remember the experience of watching their movies. I had a good laugh every time. I just hope Tito would stop being a politician and take a cue from Dolphy.  Dolphy’s reply when asked about running for public office: “Madaling tumakbo, pero paano kung manalo?” ( It is easy to run for public office. What if I win?)

My favorite Dolphy movie (I remember watching in this theater) is “Black Magic”. From what I recall, the movie was about a poor guy being handed power (or was it money?) by the devil and he used that power to do good.

source: http://dolphyfilmography.blogspot.com/2008/03/1987-black-magic.html

As I often say (and I did not originate this thought), life is short.  Even at 83,  I still feel that Dolphy’s life is still short.  At 69, my father’s life is too short. At 61, my mother’s life is too short. If I base my life expectancy on my parents’ mortality, I am already in my mid-life. I say life is short but it is still great.

I think this is the reason why I miss Pinoy sitcoms.

Source: hepsylone.tumblr.com via Kristin on Pinterest

 

While I was writing this post, I checked Dolphy’s age again. It is coincidental that I am writing this on Dolphy’s birthday. The way I see it: it is a reminder to not dwell too much on his death but to learn something from how he lived his life.

Comments

  1. “Smile, though your heart is aching…” — this song always reminds me when I’m down. Home Along Da Riles was a part of my childhood kasi we used to record it via betamax since TFC those years were still not available in the Middle East. May his souls be at rest 🙂

  2. A DVD collection of Dolphy’s sitcoms is a great idea. Will buy Home Along Da Riles if ever!

  3. Dolphy is big lose in the industry and he will always be remembered. I love watching Home Alone da Riles before…

  4. I grew up watching Home Along Da Riles. I once wrote an essay at school why I like watching Home Along Da Riles. It personifies the everyday living of common Filipino and it reflects family values which good for children’s viewing.

  5. Many more bloggers I’m sure are making an entry on the demise of Dolphy. With the contribution he has done to the Philippine showbiz industry, his memories will forever linger in every Filipino’s heart!

  6. I grew up watching Dolphy sitcoms – John & Marsha, Home Along. To be honest, I never appreciated Dolphy until his death. Only now I realized how much he contributed in making my world a much happier place to live in.

  7. wish i could watch john en marcia and pacifica falayfal and black magic..

  8. I just realized, if my Mom were alive today, she would have been the same age as Dolphy. He had a very fulfilling personal and professional life. Not everyone can say that.

  9. I’m forever a fan of Home Along the Riles..:)

  10. Same here, I will not really miss Dolphy since I am not used to watch TV shows, However, I still remember when I was a kid, during vacation, we used to watched RVQ movies in the morning.

  11. I was just mentioning Abangan ang Susunod na Kabanata to my sister who’s not familiar with it because somebody reminded me of Nova Villa’s character there, lol. Anyway, missin’ these late night sitcoms, too, especially Ober Da Bakod.:)

  12. I remember watching Home Along da Riles. Like you, I don’t miss Dolphy, or will ever. But I honestly believe he’s a great man. He’s an inspiration. I also love what you quoted about politics. It goes to show how smart and real he is. He will always be loved.

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