Manila Central Post Office , Liwasang Bonifacio – Ermita, Manila
Rodolfo Vera Quizon, Sr., (July 25, 1928 – July 10, 2012), known by his screen names Dolphy, Pidol, and Golay (1944) He is widely regarded as the country’s King of Comedy for his comedic talent embodied by his long roster of works on stage, radio, television and movies.
He was born in Calle Hererra (now P. Herrera St.) His father was Melencio E. Quizon, a ship engine worker in the Atlantic Gulf and Pacific Company of Manila, and the son of Modesto Quizon, Sr. and Adorable “Salud” Quizon (née Espinosa). His mother was Salud V. Quizon (née Vera), the daughter of Maximo Vera and Ninay Vera (née de la Rosa). He was the second eldest of ten children.
First Day Cover with stamps
He started selling peanuts and watermelon seeds ( butong pakwan) at movie theaters before the advent of the second world war.
Life Theater photo: LIFE magazine
He was about thirteen when Second World War started. He did odd jobs including shinning shoes attaching buttons at a pants factory; sorting bottles by size; working as a stevedore at the pier; trading and driving celesas . In his free time he regularly watched stage shows at the Life Theater and the Avenue Theater.
Mang Dolphy made several hundreds of movies which made him popular not only in the Philippines but internationally . Among his popular television shows are John en Marsha , Home Along da Riles, Home Along da Airport
He never married and was public with his relationships and family. For more than 20 years, He had a common -law partner with Filipina singer, actress and model Ms. Zsa Zsa Padilla. They resided in the Marina Bay Village. In his latest book, he mentioned that he had five serious relationships before Padilla who bore him offspring.
In 2009, Dolphy was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. As a result, his public appearances were reduced, and was frequently admitted to the intensive care unit. Dolphy died on July 10, 2012.
A few weeks after his death , There was a public outcry among Filipino philatelists and foreign collectors that such a popular icon be remembered and commemorated in Philippine stamps. This is not an easy task- There are protocols and the immediate family members must be properly notified .
Elvis Presley stamp featured by the United States Postal Authorities
The initial plans of the stamp issuance on 2012 was initially halted temporarily . The clamor still persist and some philatelist even cited some popular US celebrities like Elvis Presley and Manilyn Monroe were honored with stamps . The list is quite long!
The wait is still long for local stamp collectors, many thought that Philpost and the Quizon family had changed their plans. In fact when i was interviewed by GMA channel 7 news reporter Mr. John Paul ” JP” Soriano during the Francisco ” Botong ” Francisco stamp launching last year – I told the crew that collectors are clamoring for the Mang DOLPHY stamps issuance.
Lo and behold, after more than 1 year of waiting , the beautiful special stamp in honor of Mang DOLPHY was unvield last November 23, 2013 Saturday at the Signal Village in Taguig . However the stamps was only sold at the Manila Central Post Office on November 25, 2013.
When i arrived past 11:30am at the Philatelic section, saw some stamp and memorabilia collectors who wanted to buy the special stamp issuance.
First Day Cover of DOLPHY
Due to the limited stock and to avoid hoarding – Each stamp collector is allotted only 5 stamps. Had to wait for a couple more hours just to wait for the cancellation marks to dry -up .
Type of Issuance: Special Souvenir stamp
Size of the Stamp: 100mm x 95 mm
Quantity : 5,000 pieces
Denomination : Php 100
Perforation : 14
Printing Process: Litho-Offset ( 4 colors)
First Day Cover: 400 pieces with stamp
Paper: Imported Unwatermarked
Special Feature : Gold Foil Stamping- National Stamp Collecting Month (November )
KING OF PHILIPPINE COMEDY and border of the stamp
Design : Photos provided by the Quizon Family Foundation thru Mr. Eric Quizon with Philpost logo , Background design are some of his movies
First Day Cover : Cache design with Mang Dolphy standing with specimen signature
Layout artists : Mr. Jose Antonio A. Jaime, Mr. Victorino V. Serevo
Printer: AMSTAR Company
Philippine Postal Corporation : https://www.phlpost.gov.ph/