The whole nation grieves as Philippines' very own "Comedy King" Dolphy died lately.
At first, everyone dismissed it as a rumor especially after earlier reports and rumors on social networking sites such as twitter and facebook, all regarding his battle against a complication he ought to endure, least that he left a decades-long contribution that is worth remrkable in the hearts and minds of every Filipino; especially to those after watching his movie and sitcom on TV.
however, after a statement coming from the hospital and confirmation coming from his lifelong partner, all has changed. Yes, that the "Comedy King" who served the Filipinos with humor for generations had died, with a handful of people outside Makati Med grieved thinking that despite his ripe old age he is worthy of continuing his talent that made everyone happy to hear his humor, and seeing his antics on TV, all despite the prevalence of humor that most deemed as "corny" and "nonsense" in everyone's ears.
quite sad indeed, that as Rodolfo Vera Quizon joined with his colleagues in the theatre and movie industry serving as guides to the present generation of artists willing to emulate and knowing the craft that is worth artistic over nowadays others considered as "cheap" and "crap."
This writer, like others would agree calling what today's humor being played in TV and in Radio as cheaply made thinking that most rather focus on face value and mere imitation over enduring hours of talent and brain storming Dolphy and others such as Babalu and Panchito Alba did. Thinking that the predominancy of cheaply made western culture over domestic ones produces similar ones yet devoid of something worth remarkable, other than toilet humor and crassly-mad antics so to speak.
But still, despite these ideas warring, it is indeed that entertainment nowadays is a profitable business genre what most people ought to understand. That Philippine Comedy changes its orientation a lot in pursuit of making it popular regardless of sacrificing good idea and talent in favor of what others deemed as nonsense.
Thinking that Dolphy may had less citations this writer would say despite decades of talent and worth remembering movies and television sitcoms everyone made laugh and enjoy especially at evenings before bedtime; that others may not consider him as one of the Philippines' "National Artist" due to their narrow descriptions of his depictions such as an everyday man or a gay, but come to think of that after his passing, sorry to say so but will they act hypocritically by changing their view and start giving along with half staffs and flowery praises?
Perhaps, this writer would share that his contributions are heavier like the mountains over others whose contributions are lighter than a feather. The system may not deserve Dolphy the citation nor skeptcal about having half staffs and the like but people rather consider him as an artist for the people despite current trends in the entertainment industry that is rates and profit oriented.
In other words:
"His talent is worth remembering than the 'corny' ones."