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Former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada, who has been hospitalized for COVID-19 since March 28, remains in stable condition, his son said Wednesday.
“His kidney function is improving and his requirement for oxygen support is also slowly getting better,” former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada said on Facebook. “His other vital organs are functioning well.”
On Tuesday, the former president, who is turning 84 this April 19, was put on a mechanical ventilator as his pneumonia worsened.
Two days before that, the former president, who also served as Manila mayor from 2013 to 2016, was sedated and transferred to the intensive care unit for closer observation.
BY DARIO SARVIDA
Eric Quizon, Dolphy’s son, said comedy would live even after the death of the King of Comedy.
He lived a full life. He’s at rest. He’s at peace. He knew as he was going how much the country loved him. He knew how everyone was praying for him. And if he could, he would have stayed so just he could thank you personally. But where his spirit was strong, his body had so weakened. He had to go, Eric said hours after Dolphy died of cardiac arrest on July 10.
“Heaven is a happier place with him there. And for us he’s left behind, comedy’s dead, but long live comedy,” said Eric.
President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III led the nation in mourning for the comedy king, who passed away after a long bout with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
Aquino extended his condolences and acknowledged that Dolphy was the embodiment of hope amid trials.
Last June, Malacanang was urged by Vice President Jejomar Binay, among other groups, to name Dolphy a “National Artist” but the comedy king did not live to see the day.
The National Artist Award is the “highest national recognition given to Filipino individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of Philippine arts,” according to the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
Apart from the prestige and a medal, a National Artist is entitled to material and physical benefits that includes a monthly pension, hospitalization benefits, and arrangements and expenses for a state funeral. For post-humous awardees, legal heirs are entitled to P75,000.
Should Dolphy be officially nominated, his candidacy will still have to undergo several deliberations by the Commissioners of the NCCA and the Board of Trustees of the CCP.
Aquino has issued Proclamation 433 declaring July 13, 2012 a National Day of Remembrance in honor of Dolphy.
In the proclamation, Aquino cited Dolphy as a man who will live on in Philippine cultural history and in the hearts of his countrymen.
The President in his proclamation said that “every milestone that Dolphy marked in a career that spanned decades, raised the standards of the entertainment industry, and strengthened our cultural identity, giving innumerable aspirants an example to look up to.”
The country’s King of Comedy, Dolphy, remains in critical but stable condition on Thursday at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Makati Medical Center (MMC), according to one of his son.
Film director/actor Eric Quizon said his father’s blood pressure has stabilized and the condition of his kidney has improved.
Quizon added that Dolphy’s hemoglobin count remains low and doctors continue to subject him to blood transfusion.
The veteran actor-comedian has been cleared of pneumonia, but is suffering from kidney failure.
Quizon said his father needs B+ blood because of low hemoglobin count due to kidney complications.
He said that Dolphy could not talk, but responds to them physically.
Quizon said that his father’s lungs are “very, very weak” while “his brain, heart and liver, they are all in good condition.”
Quizon said Dolphy’s kidneys are no longer functioning properly and are unable to process medications.
The 83-year-old icon, Rodolfo Vera Quizon Sr. in real life, was rushed to the intensive care unit of the MMC last June 9 for complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
According to Quizon, his father is suffering from toxic metabolic encephalopathy, a complication of COPD which causes weakness and spasms.
Quizon also asked the public for prayers for his father’s recovery.
On Thursday morning, Malacañang called on Filipinos to pray for the Comedy King as he remains under observation at the MMC.
The hashtag “#PrayForDolphy” continues to trend on Twitter, with several celebrities continuing to urge the public for prayers. (PNA)
The 35th Gawad Urian Awards was held Wednesday night, June 13, 2012 at the AFP theater in Camp Aguinaldo.
Paulo Avelino was named Best Actor for the indie film “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa” while Maja Salvador bagged the Best Actress trophy for “Thelma.”
The following is the complete list of winners of the 35th Gawad Urian Awards 2012:
Best Picture – “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa”
Best Actress – Maja Salvador “Thelma”
Best Actor – Paulo Avelino “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa”
Best Director – Alvin Yapan “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa”
Best Supporting Actress – Jean Garcia “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa”
Best Supporting Actor – Art Acuña “Niño”
Best Screenplay – Alvin Yapan “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa”
Best Cinematography – Arvin Viola “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa”
Best Production Design – Maulen Fadul “The Natural Phenomenon of Madness”
Best Editing – Lawrence Fajardo “Amok”
Best Music – Christine Muyco and Jema Pamintuan “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa”
Best Sound – Albert Michael Idioma and Addiss Tabong “Amok”
Best Documentary – “Tundong Magiliw”
Best Short Film – “Sirip”