The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) joins the whole nation in mourning the passing of Rodolfo Vera Quizon, also known as Dolphy—actor, producer, and dubbed as the country’s one and only King of Comedy.
“Alam kong hindi ako naging Dolphy mag-isa. Nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat ng mga pinagkakautangan ko ng loob, mga nakasama ko sa entablado, radyo, TV at sine. Mga producer, director, writer, leading lady, supporting actors, pati mga villain, hanggang pati mga extra. Ang lahat ng tumangkilik sa akin, sa mga shows ko, at mga pelikula. Mga magulang ko at mga kapatid. Pamilya. My friends. The women I loved. Most especially, my children and their respective mothers. Wala akong nakalimutan sa kanila, I pray for all of them.
The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), two of the prime government institutions that uphold the promotion of artistic cultural expressions and heritage of the country and its people, jointly administer the Order of the National Artist Awards. It is conferred every three years by the President of the Philippines.