Rodolfo Vera Quizon, Sr., OGH (July 25, 1928 – July 10, 2012), known by his screen names Dolphy, Pidol, and Golay (1944), was a Filipino comedian-actor in the Philippines. 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.
Dolphy was born at 5:00 PM on July 25, 1928 at 527 Calle Padre Herrera (now P. Herrera St.) in Tondo, Manila. His father was Melencio Espinosa Quizon, Sr. (December 5, 1900, Tondo, Manila – May 14, 1972, Quezon City), a ship engine worker in the Atlantic Gulf and Pacific Company of Manila, and the son of Modesto Quizon, Sr. and Isidora "Adorable/Salud" Espinosa. His mother was Salud de la Rosa Vera (February 5, 1903, Binondo, Manila – September 12, 1985, Quezon City), a school teacher, and the daughter of Máximo Vera y Limtico (February 1, 1872, Tondo, Manila – February 1, 1917, Tondo, Manila) and Lucila "Ninay" de la Rosa y Ravelo (c. 1871, Binondo, Manila – October 9, 1947, Tondo, Manila). He was the second eldest of ten children. He has eight siblings. His parents were married on July 14, 1925 in Malate, Manila.
Dolphy sold peanuts and watermelon seeds at movie theatres as a boy, which enabled him to watch movies for free. He was about thirteen when World War II started. He did odd jobs including shining shoes; attaching buttons at a pants factory; sorting bottles by size; working as a stevedore at the pier; trading; and driving calesas. In his free time he regularly watched stage shows at the Life Theater and the Avenue Theater. His favourite performers included the comedy duo Pugo and Togo, and the dancers Benny Mack and Bayani Casimiro.
He started performing onstage throughout the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. Dolphy was turning 17 when Benny Mack got him a job as a chorus dancer for a month at the Avenue Theater and subsequently on the Lyric Theater. He additionally appeared in shows at the Orient Theater. Golay was his first stage name. During air raids, they would interrupt the show and run for the air-raid shelter in the orchestra section together with the audience. If no bombs exploded, the show resumed.
Film and radio career
He had his first movie when he was 19 with Fernando Poe, Sr. in Dugo at Bayan (I Remember Bataan), billed as Rodolfo Quizon. It was the father of his future friend actor Fernando Poe, Jr., who first paved the way and gave him a break in films playing bit roles as a character actor. On a DZMM radio interview, he revealed his first talent fee was 5 pesos.
In the late 1940s, Dolphy additionally got into radio through Conde Ubaldo, a popular radio writer, director and producer. He joined the programme Wag Naman which starred Pancho Magalona, Tessie Quintana and Baby Jane. His comedy duo with Panchito additionally started on radio on Conde Ubaldo shows.
Pancho Magalona recommended Dolphy to Dr. Jose “Doc” Perez, the owner of Sampaguita Pictures in 1952. His first movie with Sampaguita was Sa Isang Sulyap Mo, Tita, with Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran. It was additionally in Sampaguita were the comedy duo of Dolphy and Panchito became popular.
Dolphy became famous for playing roles after he was typecasted in Jack en Jill with Rogelio de la Rosa and Lolita Rodriguez in 1954. He wasn't the first choice for the role but Batotoy and Bayani Casimiro. Jack en Jill was a Philippine komiks serial by Mars Ravelo. This was followed with additional movies adapted from komiks by the same author like Silveria, Captain Barbell and Facifica Falayfay.
After his contract with Sampaguita expired, he left the company. When he joined the production studio, his talent fee was P1,000 per movie. By the time he left, he was earning P7,000 per picture.
After leaving Sampaguita, Eugenio “Geny” Lopez Jr. got him into television on Channel 3. His first TV show was with ABS-CBN on "Buhay Artista" (Actor's Life), a concept by Geny Lopez and Ading Fernando. While doing radio, his talent fee was P250-P300 per program; when he did TV, he was at P500 per show.
He left ABS-CBN due to Martial Law. Notwithstanding additionally moved to GMA Network after Buhay Artista moved to RBS-7 (former branding name of GMA) from December 1972 to early 1974.
While on television, he additionally started doing movies for independent studios like LEA Productions, Balatbat Productions, Filipinas Productions, Zultana Productions and Fernando Poe, Jr.'s D’Lanor Productions. He starred on two of his movies in 1964, Captain Barbell and Daigdig ng Fantasia (Fantasy World) with Nova Villa, both directed by Herminio “Butch” Bautista.
Dolphy established RVQ Productions in 1965. His first venture was Buhay Artista (Actor's Life), released in 1967, with Panchito, Susan Roces and Ronaldo Valdez whom he discovered. For Pepe en Pilar (1966), his film with Roces, they wanted a new face as Roces' partner. Dolphy first met Valdez in a basketball court and brought him to the press conference so Roces could see him. Roces' initial response was "Wala bang iba?" ("Isn't there anyone else?"). Dolphy brought Ronaldo to a barber shop, bought him a pair of boots at Glenmore and lent him his suit. When Dolphy presented him to Roces again, she said, "Iyan pa." ("I prefer him more"), not realising that he was the same guy introduced earlier. Dolphy later gave him the stage name Ronaldo Valdez (from Ronald James Gibbs).
Dolphy additionally made spy film parodies when it became a fad, beginning with Dolpinger (1965) as Agent 1-2-3 (a parody of the James Bond movie Goldfinger). Chiquito, another Filipino comedian, played the recurring role of Agent 0-2-10 in these films.
In 1969, one of his biggest hits was Facifica Falayfay, where he starred as the gay lead character. It was directed by Luciano “Chaning” Carlos, with whom he worked in 23 of his movies. It was followed by Fefita Fofongay viuda de Falayfay in 1973 and Sarhento Fofongay: A... ewan! in 1974.
John en Marsha
John en Marsha started in 1971, a year before Martial Law, on RPN Channel 9. It was written, and directed by Ading Fernando. Boots Anson-Roa and Helen Gamboa were considered for the role of Marsha, his wife in the show before Nida, who was doing Wala Kang Paki with Nestor de Villa, eventually got the part. Before Dely Atay-Atayan, Chichay was additionally considered for the role of Doña Delilah, his wealthy and condescending mother-in-law. His real son Rolly Quizon and then-child actress Maricel Soriano played their kids. John en Marsha was such a hit that movie versions of the show were made eight times.
In 1978, he returned to gay roles in the movie Ang Tatay Kong Nanay (My Father the Mother), directed by respected Lino Brocka. With him in the movie was Niño Muhlach, dubbed as the "child wonder of the Philippines", as the son of his boyfriend, played by Phillip Salvador.
Home Along Da Riles
His next successful TV venture after John en Marsha was Home Along Da Riles in 1992 with Nova Villa, as his wife and real son Vandolph, as one of his children. The show continued in 2003 as Home Along Da Airport.
In 2001, Dolphy played another gay character, this time with his sons Eric Quizon and Jeffrey Quizon playing the same character at three different stages in life. They all won the Prix de la Meilleure Interpretation in Brussels, Belgium for playing Walterina Markova, a transvestite in the movie Markova: Comfort Gay.
In 2008, Dolphy made a movie with Comedy Box Office King Vic Sotto in a comedy movie, Dobol Trobol, a movie where Dolphy played a chef and Vic a hotel resident manager. This was the first time a film was produced through joint ventures of RVQ Productions (Dolphy's Film Outfit) & M-Zet Films (Vic Sotto's Film Outfit) and APT Entertainment. The film additionally featured stars Carmi Martin, Riza Santos, Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, Ricky Davao and more.
In 2009, Dolphy was cast as a retired senior citizen in Chicago who wanted to watch Wowowee in Manila entitled Nobody Nobody But... Juan, and co-starred with Eddie "Manoy" Garcia, Gloria Romero, Joe Aldeguer, Pokwang, Giselle "G" Toengi, Heart Evangelista, Ya Chang, real life sons Eric Quizon, Jeffrey "Epi" Quizon & Vandolph Quizon.
In 2010, Dolphy's last movie played a priest in Father Jejemon, with his co-stars Cherrie Gil, Roy Alvarez, Maja Salvador, EJ Falcon, singer Ralph Salazar & YouTube singing duo Moymoy Palaboy, .
National Artist Award
The Order of National Artists recognition is given to Filipino individuals who have "made significant contributions to the development of Philippine arts; namely, Music, Dance, Theater, Visual Arts, Literature, Film and Broadcast Arts, and Architecture and Allied Arts. The national artists award can be given to Dolphy in 2013 according to the National Commission on the Culture and Arts (NCCA) Frances Alincastre, planning officer III of the National artist Award-NCCA, said that the commission's hands are tied with the procedure in approving and granting the prestigious award to an individual. She said Dolphy, Rodolfo Vera Quizon Sr. in real life, has already been in the list of the nominees after he was nominated in 2009. However,she didn't pass the second deliberation of the screening committee that time. Alincaster added that after a month of research, the NCCA will start the deliberation process. A list of seven experts for each category will be included in the initial deliberation and the list is trimmed down to three experts for each category in the second deliberation. She said the whole process might take until 2013.
President Benigno Aquino III said he believes the late Comedy King deserves to be conferred the National Artist award, but stressed he can't shortcut the process for legal reasons. Since there's a temporary restraining order on the granting of National Artist awards issued throughout the past administration, the Aquino administration gave Dolphy the Grand Collar of the Order of the Golden Heart in 2010.
Dolphy never married and was public with his relationships and family. He has 17 children from 6 serious relationships. For more than 20 years, he was on a domestic partnership with Filipina singer, actress and model Zsa Zsa Padilla. They resided in the Marina Bay Village in the city of Parañaque. In his latest book, he mentioned that he had five serious relationships before Padilla who bore him offspring. The last was with actress Alma Moreno, who gave him a son: Vandolph. Some of his kids are in the business just like their father.
- Engracia Dominguez — an actress he met throughout a stage show (separated in 1963); six children: Manny (Manny Boy), Salud (Sahlee), Rodolfo Jr. (Dolphy Jr.), Wilfredo (Freddie), Edgardo (Edgar), and Raul (Rolly).
- Gloria Smith — an actress he met in 1956; four children: Mariquita (Kit), Carlos, Geraldino (Dino), and Edwin.
- Alice Smith — an actress whose screen name was Pamela Ponti; four children: Ronaldo (Ronnie), Enrico (Eric), Madonna (Donna), and Jeffrey (Epi).
- Evangeline Tagulao — a nurse he met in the late 60s while shooting in a hospital; one child: Rommel.
- Alma Moreno — an actress he met in 1981; one child: Vandolph.
- Zsa Zsa Padilla — a Filipina singer and actress; one child, Zia
He considers his kids his pride and joy, claiming that he could easily name all of his children from the oldest to the youngest.
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, 20:34 (Philippine time, 01:34 UTC), at the age of 83, just 15 days before his 84th Birthday due to multiple organ failure, secondary to complications brought about by pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and acute renal failure.
President Benigno Aquino III declared July 13, 2012 as "National Day of Remembrance" in honour of Dolphy's contributions to the Philippine showbiz industry.
Book and foundation
On July 25, 2008, Quizon celebrated his eightieth birthday, with the launching of a biographical book, Dolphy, Hindi Ko Ito Narating Mag-isa (Dolphy, I Didn't Get Here All By Myself). ABS-CBN President Charo Santos-Concio stated, Nagbigay siya ng mga ngiti at halakhak sa gitna ng mga problema (He gave us joy and laughter in times of trouble). Bibeth Orteza was commissioned to complete the book, amid the creation of "Dolphy Aid Para sa Pinoy Foundation, Inc.", a non-profit and non-stock organization.
A monument honouring Quizon was erected in front of the Museo Pambata near the US Embassy in April 2013.
Dolphy was awarded as Outstanding Manilan in 2010 and received the Diwa ng Lahi award in 2012, given by City Hall in celebration of the city’s founding anniversary.
Araneta additionally noted that Dolphy grew up in Manila, where he began his showbiz career as a dancer at the Avenue, Lyric and Orient theaters.
ABS-CBN Studio 1, one of the oldest studio of ABS-CBN was transformed into a proscenium theatre and was named in honour of Dolphy.
On November 23, 2013, Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) released a limited edition ‘Dolphy Stamp.’
A mobile app entitled Dolphy's Cleanup was released in honour of Quizon in December 2013 for the iOS platform, with a port for Android devices to be released in January 2014. The edutainment game, developed by iGen Technologies, puts players in the role of Dolphy as he helps clean up the neighborhood, with part of the revenue from the game's sales to be donated to charity.
|1973||John En Marsha||John Puruntong|
|1989||Gabi Ni Dolphy||Himself|
|Idol si Pidol||Himself||ABC|
|GMA Telesine Specials||Guest||GMA|
|1992||Home Along Da Riles||Mang Kevin Kósme||ABS-CBN|
|Maalaala Mo Kaya||guest|
|2003||Home Along Da Airport||Mang Kevin Kósme|
|2006–2007||John en Shirley||John Puruntong|
|2009–2010||May Bukas Pa||Pilo|
|2010–2012||Pidol's Wonderland||Mang Pidol||TV5||Last TV appearance|
Released 9 days after his death.
Nominated – Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Single Comedy/Telemovie Program in the 2012 Golden Screen TV Awards
|2010||Father Jejemon||Father Jejemon||RVQ Productions Inc.||Last film appearance|
|Rosario||Hesus (Special Participation)||CineMabuhay|
|2009||Nobody, Nobody But... Juan||Juan||RVQ Productions, Kaizz Ventures Inc.|
and Joe Aldeguer Productions
|2008||Dobol Trobol: Lets Get Redi 2 Rambol!||Macario||APT Entertainment, RVQ Productions,|
|2002||Home Alone da Riber||Upoy||RVQ Productions|
|2000||Markova: Comfort Gay||Walter Dempster Jr./Walterina Markova|
|Daddy O! Baby O!||Mario||Star Cinema|
|1998||Tataynic||Nicardo "Tatay Nic" De Carpio||RVQ Productions|
|1997||Home Along da Riles The Movie 2||Kevin Kósme||Star Cinema|
|1996||Aringkingking||Maroy||Premiere Entertainment Productions|
|Da Best in da West 2: Da Western Pulis Stori||Sgt. John Paul Quezada||Regal Films|
|1995||Father & Son||Johnny Pagudpud||RVQ Productions|
|Home Sic Home||Berto||Star Cinema|
|1994||Wanted: Perfect Father||Roy Dalamhati|
|Hataw tatay hataw||Marlon||Regal Films|
|1993||Home Along da Riles The Movie||Kevin Kósme||Star Cinema|
|1992||Buddy en Sol (Sine ito)|
|1991||John en Marsha ngayon '91||John H. Purúntong||RVQ Productions|
|Onyong Majikero (Onyong the Magician)||Grandfather Onyok||Regal Films|
|1990||Espadang Patpat (Stick Swords)||Pidol||AMS Productions (I), Airoh Media Services|
|Og Must Be Crazy||Og||RVQ Productions|
|Dino Dinero||Dino||Seiko Films|
|Atorni Agaton: Abogadong de Kampanilya||Atorni Agaton|
|1989||My Darling Domestic (The Greyt Eskeyp)||RVQ Productions|
|May pulis... might pulis... sa ilalim ng tulay (There's a Cop Under the Bridge)||Pitong Dimasuhulan||Regal Films|
|Balbakwa: The Invisible Man||Balbakwa||Solar Films|
|Ompong Galapong Me Ulo Walang Tapon!||Ompong||Horizon Films|
|1988||Enteng, the Dragon||Enteng||RVQ Productions|
|Bakit kinagat ni Adan ang mansanas ni Eba (Why did Adam eat Eve's apple?)||Ambo||Urban Films|
|Haw-Haw De Karabaw||Sebio||Lea Productions|
|1987||Action Is Not Missing||Davian International Ltd.|
|Mga Anak ni Facifica Falayfay (Facifica Falayfay's Children)||Facifica Falayfay||RVQ Productions|
|Black Magic||Seiko Films|
|My Bugoy Goes to Congress||Bugoy|
|Once Upon a Time||Puga||Regal Films|
|1986||Home Sweet Home||Baby Pascual Films And Associates|
|Balimbing (Mga Taong Hunyango)||RVQ Productions|
|John en Marsha '86 T. N. T. sa Amerika||John H. Purúntong|
|1985||The Crazy Professor||Prof. Einstein|
|Goatbuster: Sa templo ni Dune||Baldo/Bogart||Lea Productions|
|John en Marsha '85 sa Probinsya||John H. Purúntong||RVQ Productions|
|Kalabog en Bosyo Strike Again||Kalabog||Cinema 1635|
|1984||Nang maghalo ang balat sa tinalupan||Rudolph||RVQ Productions|
|Daddy's Little Darlings||Regal Films|
|Da Best of John & Marsha 2||John H. Purúntong||RVQ Productions|
|1983||Always in My Heart||Angelo||Rodessa Films International|
|Daddy Knows Best||RVQ Productions|
|Da Best of John & Marsha||John H. Purúntong|
|Teng, teng de sarapen|
|1982||My Juan en only||Juan||J. Zubiri Productions|
|Nang umibig ang mga gurang (When the Oldtimers Loved)||Dolpo||Summa Films|
|Dancing Master 2: Macao Connection||Johnny||RVQ Productions|
|Mga Kanyon ni Mang Simeon (Simeon's Cannons)|
|Good Morning, Professor|
|My Heart Belongs to Daddy|
|The Best in the West|
|The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Pig|
|Dolphy's Angels||Dolphy Angeles|
|John en Marsha '80||John H. Purúntong|
John en Marsha Part Two sa Amerika|| John H. Purúntong
|1979||Buhay artista ngayon (The life of an artist today)|
|Max en Jess||Max||Four N Films|
|Dancing Master||Johnny||RVQ Productions|
|Darna Kuno||Darna||Regal Films|
|1978||Jack n' Jill of the Third Kind||RVQ Productions|
Lion Dragon Films
|Mga Mata ni Angelita (Angelita's Eyes)||Tasyo da Mangtataho||Larry Santiago Productions|
|Ang Tatay kong nanay (My Father Who Is My Mother)||Dioscoro Derecho/Coring||Lotus Films|
|Facundo Alitaftaf||Facundo Alitaftaf||Regal Films|
|1977||John en Marsha '77||John H. Purúntong|
|Kapten Batuten en his super batuta (Captain Batuten and his Super Baton)||Kapten Batuten||Wonderland Productions|
|Omeng Satanasia||Omeng / Satanasia / Gregory / Angelito||RVQ Productions|
|War kami ng misis ko (The Missus and I are At War)|
|1976||Taho-ichi||GPS Film Production|
|Kisame Street||RVQ Productions|
|1975||Kaming matatapang ang apog||Urbano|
|Jack and Jill and John||Jack & John|
|John En Marsha||John H. Purúntong||RVQ Productions|
|1974||Happy Days Are Here Again|
|My Funny Valentine||Banjo||RVQ Productions|
|Huli Huli Yan||Olympio 'Ompong' Rocha||Lea Productions|
|Sarhento Fofongay: A, ewan!||Kikoy Fofongay|
|1973||Ako'y Paru-paro, Bulaklak naman Ako||Parolito||Roda Film Productions|
|Ang Hiwaga ng Ibong Adarna||Prinsipe Adolfo|
|Captain Barbell||Tingting / Captain Barbell||RVQ Productions|
|Fefita Fofonggay viuda de Falayfay||Fefita Fofongay|
|Kitang-kita ang ebidensya (The evidence sticks out)||Royal Productions|
|Love Pinoy Style||RVQ Productions|
Rodzon Film Organization
|1971||Tulak ng bibig, kabig ng dibdib||RVQ Productions|
|El Pinoy Matador||Premiere Productions|
|Tayo's mag-up, up and away||RVQ Productions|
|1969||Mekeni's Gold||Gregory Pek-wa||FGO Film Production|
|Adolphong Hitler||Adolphong Hitler|
|Dolpe de Gulat||Deegar Cinema|
|Facifica Falaypay||Facifica Falaypay||RVQ Productions|
|1968||Pag-ibig masdan ang ginawa mo||RVQ Productions|
|Arista ang aking asawa||Lea Productions|
|Ang Banal, Ang Ganid, at Ang Pusakal||Ang Banal||RVQ Productions|
|Buhay Bombero||Ompong||FGO Film Productions|
|Buy One Take One||RVQ Productions|
|Good Morning Titser||AM Productions|
|Kaming Taga-Bundok||RVQ Productions|
|O Kaka, O Kaka!||Lea Productions|
|Private Ompong and the Sexy Dozen||Pvt. Ompong||RVQ Productions|
|Tiririt ng Maya, Tiririt ng Ibon|
|Utos ni mayor||GM Film Organization|
|1967||Shake-a-Boom! (Naghalo ang balat sa tinalupan)||Perez Bros.|
|Together Again||Gretas Productions|
|Hey Boy! Hey Girl!|
|Sitsiritsit alibangbang: Salaginto at salagubang||RVQ Productions|
|Ayaw ni Mayor|
|Like father, like son: Kung ano ang puno siya ang bunga||RVQ Productions|
|Dalawang kumander sa WAC|
|Mga Bagong Salta sa Maynila|
|The 7 Faces of Dr Si Baso|
|Napoleon Doble and the Sexy Six|
|Pambihirang dalawa (Sa combat)|
|Mga Bagong Salta Sa Bahay Engkantada|
|Dressed to Kill|
|Dr La-Way: Pare, Kwarta, Na!|
|Alyas Don Juan||Agent 1-2-3|
|James Batman||Batman / James Bond|
|Pepe en Pilar||Pilar|
|Sungit Conference (Ng Pitong Dakila)|
|1965||Keng Leon, Keng Tigre Ecu Tatakut, Keka Pa|
|Scarface at Al Capone: Espiya sa Ginto|
|Operasyon ni Adan|
|Dolpinger Meets Pantarorong||RR Productions|
|Dolpinger: Agent sa lagim|
|Dressed to Kill|
|Dr. Yes||Agent 1-2-3|
|Genghis Bond: Agent 1-2-3|
|Kulog at kidlat|
|Utos ni Tale hinde mababale|
|Sa Daigdig ng Fantasia|
|Adre, ayos na! (ang buto-buto)|
|1963||King and Queen for a Day|
|Ikaw na ang mag-ako|
|Mga Manugang ni Drakula|
|Tansan vs. Tarsan||Tansan|
|1962||The Big Broadcast|
|Lab na lab kita|
|Si Lucio at si Miguel|
|Tansan the Mighty||Tansan|
|Operatang sampay bakod|
|1959||Kalabog en Bosyo||Kalabog|
|Ipinagbili ko ang aking anak|
|1958||Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang||Pedro|
|Mga Reyna ng Vicks|
|Hong Kong Holiday|
|Kulang sa pito|
|Hindi basta basta|
|Tatay na si Bondying|
|Jack en Jill||Gloria / Gorio||Sampaguita Pictures|
|Maalaala mo kaya|
|Menor de edad|
|Sa isang halik mo Pancho|
|1953||Sa isang sulyap mo Tita||Sampaguita Pictures|
|Ang Mga Paslit|
|1952||Kapag langit ang humatol|
|1951||Apoy na Ginatungan||Golay|
|1950||Dolphy and Panchito|
|1946||Dugo at Bayan (I Remember Bataan)||Himself||Palaris Films|
- Lifetime Achievement Award PASADO Awards
- Golden Father Foundation Parangal ng Bayan Awardee
- 1994 Bert Amorcelo Memorial Foundation, Dangal ng Lipi Awardee
- 1995 PMPC Star Awards for TV, Lifetime Achievement Award
- 1998 Gawad Urian Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2000 Cinemanila International Film Festival, Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2002 Lou Salvador Sr. Memorial Award, Bituin ng FAMAS Mula Noon Hanggang Ngayon Award
- 2005 FAMAS Huwarang Bituin
- 2009 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards, Comedy Box-Office King (with Vic Sotto)
- 2009 Metro Manila Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2010 FAMAS Awards, Exemplary Achievement Award
- 2010 Grand Collar of the Order of the Golden Heart – the highest award given to a private citizen by the President of the Philippines. Dolphy was cited for his contributions to the entertainment industry and for his charitable and philanthropic works.
- 2012 Gawad na Diwa ng Lahi – the highest honour given by the government of Manila to artists
- 2012 People's Artist Award – the award bestowed upon Dolphy by the Dakilang Lahi Foundation, recognises the a large number of contributions of the actor to the movie industry. The award was presented by fellow actor and former Philippine President Joseph Estrada throughout his wake at the Heritage Park in Taguig City.
Awards for acting
|1974||Metro Manila Film Festival||Best Actor|
|1978||26th FAMAS Awards||Best Actor – Omeng Satanasia|
|1986||PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Comedy Actor – John En Marsha|
|1990||Metro Manila Film Festival||Best Actor – Espadang Patpat|
|PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Comedy Actor – John En Marsha|
|1992||PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Comedy Actor – Home Along Da Riles|
|2008||PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Comedy Actor – John En Shirley|
|2010||Metro Manila Film Festival||Best Supporting Actor – Rosario|
|Best Actor – Father Jejemon|
|2011||Luna Awards (Film Academy of the Phil.)||Best Actor – Father Jejemon|
He is additionally the only Artist in the country awarded with Best Actor and Actress for a single role in the film Markova: The Comfort Gay.
- Not all the awards of Dolphy are included here.
- Dolphy Theatre – A theatre named after the late Rodolfo Vera Quizon.