MigranteInternational joins the nation in paying tribute to Comedy King, Rodolfo “Dolphy” Quizon not only for his exemplary contribution to Philippine Cinema but for being proud to be one of the first overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
Dolphy, at 20 years old, worked as a dancer and errand boy in Hong Kong in the late 1940s. He also worked as a “Japayuki” in the 1950s before he became a big name in show businesses.
The King of Comedy recalled his experience as an OFW in his 2008 biography “Dolphy: Hindi Ko Ito Narating Mag-isa”, written by Bibeth Orteza.
Dolphy experienced first-hand the discrimination and hardships of working abroad. Decades later, in a Filipino gathering in the West Coast, Dolphy spoke out against discrimination of undocumented migrant workers and called on all Filipinos overseas to unite.
“Pinagsalita ako. ‘Kako, ‘Ang mga Chinese sa Chinatown, ang mga Hapon sa Japanese village, at ang mga Koreano sa Korean town, nagtutulungan. Hindi ba natin kayang gawin ‘yon?’… Matuto tayong magbuklod-buklod.’ Palakpakan sila. Ako lang daw ang nagsalita ng gano’n doon.”
In 2008, he founded the Dolphy Aid Para sa Pinoy Foundation, a non-stock non-profit foundation that gave scholarship grants to children of OFWs.
OFWs around the world express their gratitude to him for never failing to uplift Filipino dignity in his life, advocacy and works. He will be missed. ###