Although Dolphy’s imprint in Philippine show-business is unequalled; I believe it is his “pusong mamon” and propensity towards helping ordinary people that that will keep his memory alive in the hearts of his Filipino fans.
We at the Kris Peace Library were fortunate to have indirectly benefitted from the Quizon family’s generosity – through Dolphy’s son Jeffrey “Epi” Smith-Quizon – who had been one of the strongest supporters of the Diether Ocampo Cup, an annual fund-raising drive for actor-businessman Diether’s advocacy Kabataan Inyong Dapat Supportahan (KIDS) Foundation.
KIDS Foundation is a long-time partner organization of the Kris Library, which was among the beneficiary organizations of the annual Diether Ocampo golf tournament.
During the 1st Diether Ocampo Cup, me and Ashia were fortunate to have played and even beat the four-some group of Epi Quizon who turned out to be very friendly, down-to-earth and of course, superbly funny. Epi could have easily won the game if his funny side did not get the better of him in a game meant to be played seriously.
Among all children, Epi clearly inherited Dolphy’s comic genius and also his re-known for helping the poor and total strangers.
The 1st Diet Cup resulted in Muslim and Christian scholars of the Kris Library receiving books and school supplies; and the 2nd tournament -- which was also participated in by showbiz personalities Monsour del Rosario, Samantha Lopez, Buboy Garovillo, Daisy Reyes, Bea Alonzo and Zanjoe Marudo – resulted in Diether turning over P13, 000 to help finance the operations of six Kris Libraries all over the country.
My daughter Ashia, who was nine years old during the time we played with Epi, also did the ceremonial tee-off along with Tagaytay Midlands Golf Club Chairman Willy Ocier.
Thus, as the country mourns for the passing away of a great comedian, we at Kris Library mourns for a man with a generous heart for the poor and total strangers. We extend our condolences to the Quizon family.