A Funnyman’s Secrets To Long Life

Yu Shing Ting
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Friday - April 07, 2010
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Dolphy, known as the King of Comedy in the Philippines, has been making people laugh for more than six decades.

At 81 years old, he’s still working and in high demand. The poster for his latest film, Nobody, Nobody But Juan, shows him wearing nothing but briefs.

But fans can get an even better look at him when he’s in Hawaii for a special premiere screening of the movie April 18 at Neal Blaisdell Center Concert Hall. Show times are 4 and 8 p.m.

“I am on semi-retirement, but people still ask for me and still want me on TV and movies,” says the comic, whose real name is Rodolfo Vera Quizon. “While my fellow Filipinos are still there loving me, I will continue to make them laugh as long as my body will allow it.


“I have no secrets (to my health). I have a nurse who makes sure I take my meds on time and I go for a regular checkup. At this age, it’s better to make sure that I take care of myself especially with the kind of job I do that requires me to sleep late because of TV tapings.”

As for his diet, he says it’s Zsa Zsa Padilla (his wife). “She is my yummy-yummy!” he jokes. “Seriously, at my age, I want to enjoy the best food possible. I eat anything I want, but in moderation. One thing, indigestion, is an issue for me. I frequently eat more seafood rather than meat. But karekare (meat and peanut sauce) and chicharon (pork rinds) are tastier. But, just like I said, in moderation.”

His only form of exercise is walking around Power Plant Mall in Makati City (metro Manila). “At this age of mine, I still love going shopping,” he explains.

Quizon is now working on a comedy series called Pidol’s Wonderland with ABC TV-5.

He says he can’t remember when his last visit to Hawaii was, but remembers it being very nice. “It’s just like the Philippines, but it’s a lot cleaner,” he says.

Tickets to the upcoming Hawaii screening of Nobody, Nobody But Juan cost $25 and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations, online at http://www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. VIP tickets also are available for $100 and include reserved seating, a meet-and-greet back stage with photo taking and autograph signing with the stars, and a limited-edition movie poster.

Cast members Giselle Toengi and Joe Aldeguer, as well as director Eric Quizon, will be in attendance.

For more information, call 589-7760 or visit www.pbcproductions.com.

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