Went to Dolphy’s wake with Naree. TV5 sponsored the necrological service.
The wake was at Pavilion 6 in Heritage Memorial Park. On our way in, we saw a lot of photographers and reporters interviewing someone by the steps of the pavilion. They were interviewing Aga Muhlach who was with his wife, Charlene, and their two adorable kids.
We stayed outside since the hall was already packed, mostly with artists from the entertainment industry.
We saw Ana Feleo walk past us, but we did not get to greet her. We were met a few minutes later by our friend at TV5. She was greeted shortly by a pretty girl standing in the same area as ours – it was Jasmine Curtis-Smith. Our friend introduced Naree and I to her and Jasmine shook our hands.
We moved closer to the front of the hall to see the events inside (there were also TVs outside). Nino Muhlach was giving his eulogy for Dolphy – it was heartfelt and emotional. He wanted to play a video of his movie with Dolphy but for some reason it won’t play.
Others who gave their eulogies were German Moreno, Claudine Barreto, Willie Revillame, Sharon Cuneta and Manny Pangilinan. Some of the eulogies remembered the kindness and greatness of Dolphy, who despite his success remained humble and grounded til the end. His great love for his wife and 18 children shined through. There were a few, though, who just rambled and talked more about themselves.
Some minutes later, we were greeted by a familiar, sweet face. Eula Caballero, bubbly as ever, gave each of us a hug.Told her we should meet up again soon and she agreed.
Others who we spotted outside the hall were Pilita Corales, Ramon Christopher, Direk Mac Alejandre, Don Allado, Maricar De Mesa, Willie Revillame, G Tongi, Direk Peque Gallaga, Christian Vazquez and other oldies and newbies whose names I don’t remember.
Mykapalaran who was busy livetweeting the events in the hall took a break to greet us outside. I gave him his David Archuleta calendar c/o Jennifer Barry from the US. We agreed to meet up for dinner sometime soon.
We left the wake around midnight.
P.S. Heard that Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan (MVP) paid for Dolphy’s hospital bills which was over a million pesos. MVP also continued to give Dolphy’s salary as a TV5 talent even when he could no longer work due to his illness.