Singer Zsa Zsa Padilla revealed the things she will miss about the late comedian Dolphy, who had been her lover for 23 years, in an interview with GMA Sunday talk show Startalk. The Divine Diva said that she particularly misses the Comedy King’s affectionate side.
“Yung lambing,” Zsa Zsa was quoted as saying in an article by PEP.ph. “Actually, simple yun e. Gustung-gusto niya siya 'yung nilalambing. (His displays of affection. Actually, he kept it simple. He really liked being showered with affection.)”
She continued, “Ang lambing ko sa kanya pag nasa hospital bed siya sa bahay namin, ‘Usog, usog, usog.’ Sumisingit ako talaga. Naglalambing ako. Kahit hindi siya gumagalaw, kunwari gumagalaw siyang ganyan. 'Yun ang lambingan namin. Hindi niya sinasabing makulit ako pero palagi ko siyang kinukulit. Gusto niya 'yun… kasi he’s a very lively, energetic person. (When he was in his hospital bed at home, I would show him my affection by saying “Move, move, move.” I would squeeze in with him. I would show him that I care. Even if he couldn’t move, he’d pretend that he did. That’s how we show our love for each other. He didn’t say that I was a bother even though I was always teasing him. He liked that…because he’s a very lively, energetic person.)”
Startalk host Ricky Lo also revealed that Dolphy would bring home food for Zsa Zsa whenever he ate out, and the Divine Diva shared that the Comedy King loved to eat.
“Mami-miss ko talaga 'yung mga lugar na kinakainan namin,” she said. “Sobrang hilig niya sa pagkain, di ba? Namana naming lahat iyan. (I really miss the places where we would eat. He really liked to eat, right? We inherited that from him.)”
“Pag sinabi mong 'Dolphy' sa pamilya namin, food trip palagi 'yan talaga. (When you mention the name 'Dolphy' in our family, it would always mean a food trip.)”
She shared that Dolphy’s favorite restaurants sent a lot of food for his wake, including Hizon’s Catering. "Actually, lahat ng mga paborito niyang restaurants pinapadalhan kami ng pagkain. Siyempre nandiyan ang Hizon’s, kagabi meron pa, marami pa, halos lahat. (Actually, all of his favorite restaurants sent us food. Of course Hizon’s was one of them; even last night, there was still a lot left over.)”
Zsa Zsa also said that Dolphy didn’t like seeing people cry, and that he wanted the mere mention of his name to make people smile.
“Minsan pag may isusumbong ako sa kanyang ganyan, ‘Lovey, bakit ganito, bakit ganyan?’ Tapos maiiyak ako. Nanginginig siya talaga. ‘Don’t cry, don’t cry,’ gaganun siya. Ayaw na ayaw niya yung iiyak ka sa harap niya. Kasi nga isa siyang komedyante, gusto niya na masaya lahat ng tao. At sinabi niya talaga 'yun pag naaalala niya at babanggitin mo 'yung salitang Dolphy, may smile sa mukha mo. (There were times that I would complain to him, ‘Lovey, why is this happening?’ Then I would cry. He would shudder then shush me, saying, ‘Don’t cry, don’t cry.” He really didn’t like it when you cried in front of him. That’s why he was a comedian. He wanted everyone to be happy. And he said he wanted to you to remember him and smiled when you heard the name Dolphy.)”
Zsa Zsa also took the opportunity to thank all of Dolphy’s supporters and everyone who had helped the Quizon family cope through this hard time.
“Nakakahugot naman ng lakas kahit papaano lalo na nung nakita ko yung [video] clip ng mga taong pumipila,” she said. “Sobra-sobra ang pagmamahal na ipinakikita nila para kay Dolphy, para sa pamilya namin. Maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat. Sa outpour ng love and support, sa lahat ng prayers, overwhelming (It helped us stay strong, especially when we saw the video clip of the people lining up. They showed overwhelming love for Dolphy and for our family. Thank you so much to everyone. For the outpouring of love and support, for all the prayers, it's overwhelming.)”
“Hindi naman kami nagugulat na ganun kamahal ng publiko ang isang Dolphy, dahil talagang ang masasabi ko napaka-blessed ko na nakilala ko siya at minahal niya ako nang lubos-lubusan,” she continued. “Maraming-maraming salamat sa inyo at ipinakita n’yo sa amin na hindi lang kami ang nagdadalamhati sa kanyang paglisan. Thank you. (We’re not really surprised by how much the public loved Dolphy, and I can say that I really feel blessed to have known him and to have had him love me so much. Thank you so much for showing us that we’re not alone in commemorating his passing. Thank you.)”
Dolphy was laid to rest yesterday, July 15, at the Heritage Park in Taguig. Zsa Zsa bid him farewell before his coffin was laid in the tomb, saying “I love you, Lovey ko. Until we meet again.”
(Photo courtesy of PEP.ph)