The TV special was hosted by Talentadong Pinoy host Ryan Agoncillo, and featured a spectacular gathering of the biggest stars in what can be dubbed as the most emotional birthday celebration ever done for the Comedy King.
With no less than the triumvirate of Tito, Vic and Joey opening the show, Talentadong Pidol was a nostalgic journey honouring Dolphy’s remarkable achievements and contributions to the movie and TV industry. Kapatid stars and the industry’s biggest names greeted Dolphy by way of touching messages and special performances that made the show replete with laughter, emotional delight, inspiration, and admiration for a one-of-a-kind man.
One of the highlights of the night was a rare moment wherein Dolphy teamed up with Willie Revillame in a touching song medley about friendship, love and their dedication to the entertainment industry.
Known as the ladies’ man who had real-life romance with his on-screen partners (such as Pilar Pilapil, Nida Blanca and Alma Moreno), Dolphy renewed his pledge of undying love for his queen, the Divine Diva Zsa Zsa Padilla. They performed an inspiring duet that communicated to everyone the extent of their love for each other.
Dolphy was also greeted by his dearest friends in the industry, like Boots Anson Roa, Gloria Romero, Eddie Garcia, German Moreno, Nova Villa, Niño Muhlach, Vice Ganda, Pokwang, Lucy Torres, Richard Gomez, Eric Quizon, Claudine Barretto, Ruffa Gutierrez and Alice Dixson.
Unknown to many, Dolphy started out doing drama as a radio talent. Known as Rodolfo Vera Quizon Sr. in real life, he was first given the stage name “Golay” as he made his first big break in the industry. His talent in dancing and singing was later discovered when he paired up with the late Bayani Casimiro Sr.
Dolphy then evolved into the dynamic and versatile performer who endeared himself to every Filipino. He went on to essay gay characters in movies such as Jack en Jill, Pacifica Palayfay, Fefita Fofonggay, among others. He also made a mark with his unique fashion sense, particularly the “puruntong shorts” that became his trademark for some time.