MANILA -- The mother of four of Dolphy's children thanked actress Zsa Zsa Padilla for standing by the King of Comedy amid trying times.
|Composite image of Alice Smith (left) and Zsa Zsa Padilla|
Alice Smith, the mother of Dolphy's children Ronnie, Eric, Madonna, and Epi, has released a statement thanking the supporters of her former partner as he remains in critical condition at the Makati Medical Center.
In the statement, Smith also joined calls for continued prayers for the King of Comedy, and thanked Padilla, the current partner of Dolphy, for "not letting go" in spite of the screen legend's ailing state.
"We the family will forever be grateful for the overwhelming support and prayers that you have given Dolphy. I know kung gaano niyo siya kamahal at sa inyo lang kami kumukuha ng lakas. Sana po ipagpatuloy niyo pa rin na ipagdasal ang kanyang kalusugan," Smith said.
"Nagpapasalamat din ako kay Zsa Zsa na nandiyan siya at 'di bumibitiw sa paglingap kay Dolphy. Gusto ko ding makasama at madamayan, hindi lang ang mga anak ko, kung hindi ang buong pamilya at pati mga kapatid ni Dolphy na sina Auring, Josie at Laura," she added.
Smith, who in the '60s was known on-screen as Pamela Ponti, is currently based in Vallejo, California, where she runs a popular Filipino restaurant, Pinoy/Pinay.
The former actress appealed for understanding as she is unable to return to the Philippines to be at Dolphy's side.
"Sana po maunawaan niyo ang aming kalagayan sa panahong ito. Ang aking mga anak na sina Ronnie, Eric, Donna at Jeffrey (Epi), at iba pang mga anak ni Dolphy ay nagkakaisa sa pagtutulungan at pagdadamayan," she said.
"Alam niyo naman ang buhay sa Amerika, you cannot just leave your work. Pero kung talagang kailangan nilang makasama ako, gugustuhin ko rin na nandiyan ako sa tabi nila.
"Inaasahan ko ang pag-unawa ng mga kapatid at kaanak ni Dolphy, at sa aking mga kaibigan, hinihiling ko po sa inyo na ipagpatuloy ang pagdasal at paghingi ng tulong sa ating Maykapal na tulungan siya at maging magaan para sa kanya ang lahat."
Dolphy and Smith's son Eric on Friday morning said that the King of Comedy's condition, while improving, is still critical.
On Thursday, Quizon confirmed that his father underwent dialysis to help his weakened kidneys.
It was last week that Dolphy was rushed to hospital due to pneumonia.
On Wednesday, Quizon revealed that his father has been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which hinders the flow of air to the lungs.
The condition is generally permanent and may be progressive over time. Because of Dolphy’s medications, his illness caused a complication, causing his kidneys to fail.
Actress Alma Moreno turned emotional as she joined calls for prayers for Dolphy, who is now in critical condition.
|Alma Moreno cries as she expresses worries for Vandolph, her
son with Dolphy
Moreno on Friday urged supporters of the King of Comedy to pray that he struggles no more as he continues to be under intensive care at the Makati Medical Center.
"Alam ko na maraming nagdadasal para kay Dolphy. Maraming, maraming salamat, at sana, pakiusap ko lang, ipagdasal po nating huwag nang mahirapan si Dolphy," Moreno told ABS-CBN News.
Moreno, who was Dolphy's partner for 8 years, recounted how their son Vandolph broke the news to her of his father's failing health.
Worried for Vandolph
She said she is worried for her son, and that she had encouraged the former child star to stay strong amid trying moments.
"Noong tumawag sa'kin si Vandolph, umiiyak na siya, last week, [sabi niya,] 'Ma, dumalaw ka,'" Moreno said.
"Ang worry ko lagi -- nakaalalay ako sa anak ko," Moreno said as she tried to hold back tears.
"Kasi medyo naapektuhan si Vandolph, emosyonal masyado. Mula bata, syempre inalagaan ni Dolphy 'yun. So tuwing kausap ko siya, 'Maging ready ka lang, anak.' Sabi ko lang, 'Ibigay mo kay Lord. Mas masakit kasi na nahihirapan ang papa mo na hindi mo matulungan,'" Moreno said.
Visit to Dolphy
Moreno had shown support to Vandolph during her recent visit to Dolphy, when she had a light moment with the veteran actor despite his condition.
"Andoon ako sa ICU, naiyak din ako, because nakita ko rin si Vandolph umiiyak. Iba 'pag na sa ICU ka, iba 'pag makita mo eh.
"Hinawakan lang niya 'yung kamay ko, pero nakakakilala siya. Jino-joke ko nga siya eh -- 'Dolphy, si Ness ito.' Ang tagal kasi namin hindi nagkita eh, 'Tingnan mo maganda parin ako,'" Moreno said.
"Sabi ko lang sa kanya, 'Magpagaling ka.' Sabi ko lang sa kanya, lakasan niya 'yung loob niya at, 'Kasama kita lagi sa dasal ko,' binulong ko," she added.
Despite parting ways as a couple, Moreno said she and Dolphy have continued to be good friends -- a testament, she said, to the Philippine film icon's kindness that has endeared him to the masses.
"Tapos na 'yun. Ang importante, magkaibigan kami, kumbaga ngayon natutuwa ako dahil sobrang fighter ni Dolphy. Angdaming nagdadasal para sa kanya, dahil mabait na tao si Dolphy. Maraming taong nagmamahal sa kanya," Moreno said.
"Kaya hanggang ngayon, andyan parin siya lumalaban," she added.
On Friday evening, Dolphy's son Eric Quizon said his father is suffering from pneumonia anew.
The king of Philippine comedy remains confined at the intensive care unit of the Makati Medical Center, where he was brought to over a week ago also because of pneumonia.
Dolphy is suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which hinders the flow of air to the lungs.