Taguig City braces for Dolphy fans
Taguig on Wednesday readied tents and ambulances at the Heritage Park for fans of the late Comedy King Dolphy, who are expected to pay their overwhelm the city as they mourn and pay their last respects to the iconic actor of Philippine movies.
Dolphy could also show the flip side of comedy. This portrait was taken of the legendary entertainer in 2001 when he was 73 years old and still as active as ever. Portrait photographer Wig Tysmans says of his subject: "I asked him if he could portray the classic theater masks otherwise known as 'Comedy and Tragedy.' He obliged. It took him all of 15 seconds to come up with this face." Dolphy died Tuesday at the age of 83. Wig Tysmans
First aid and water stations and power generators were set within the vicinity of Heritage Park, radio dzBB's Glen Juego reported.
As this developed, the Philippine National Police ordered its Metro Manila unit to secure the areas where Dolphy's remains are to be brought, dzBB's Benjie Liwanag Jr. noted in a separate report.
Dolphy died at the Makati Medical Center Tuesday night. His remains were brought to the Heritage Park and were to be brought to the Dolphy Theatre at the ABS-CBN compound in Quezon City on Wednesday, then back to Heritage Park before dawn Thursday.
Public viewing will start Thursday and last until Saturday. His burial has been tentatively scheduled for Sunday.
Many of his fans are already at the Heritage Park to honor Dolphy.
Meanwhile, radio dzBB also reported that fans in Cebu, Iloilo and Davao expressed their sorrow over Dolphy’s death.
The radio station’s Davao affiliate quoted a Davao-based tricycle driver, as saying he would have flown to Manila to pay his respects to Dolphy if he had the fare money. — VS, GMA News
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