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Vandolph Thanks MCGI for Aid to Late Comedy King

Months after his father, Dolphy Quizon, passed away at age 83 due to multiple organ failure, Vandolph still remembers all the people who helped the Philippines’ late Comedy King.

So on September 30, the third and last day of the Members Church of God International’s quarterly Thanksgiving, Vandolph dropped by the ADD Convention Center in Pampanga to give thanks to God and the Church.

“First of all, thank God, of course,” remarked Vandolph after greeting “Hello and a good evening to all, to the whole world!”

Especially in International Thanksgivings when the whole Church offers thanks to God, MCGI uses Internet and satellite facilities to connect remote points across the Philippines and the globe.

(From left: Jenny Quizon with Vandolph and Dinky Doo talking to Bro. Eli Soriano via live video streaming on September 30, 2012 at the ADD Convention Center, Pampanga.)
From left: Jenny Quizon with Vandolph and Dinky Doo talking to Bro. Eli Soriano via live video streaming
on September 30, 2012 at the ADD Convention Center, Pampanga. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

“To all those who prayed and helped, on behalf of my siblings and family, we thank you for the aid you gave to my father,” Vandolph continued. The actor also thanked fellow comedian, Bro. Dinky Doo, and MCGI leaders Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon for their immediate action during Dolphy’s critical moments in the ICU.

“At the time we needed blood, one call and you were there,” he said.

A Call Away

Bro. Dinky was attending a regular Thanksgiving schedule in June when Dolphy’s eldest son talked to him over the phone. “There’s a problem,” Dolphy Jr. said. Dolphy’s plasma levels went down and was in need of urgent blood transfusion.

“It’s okay. We have many brethren,” Bro. Dinky replied. He immediately asked those around him for a B+ blood type, which is uncommon. When he turned to Bro. Adrian Stephen Arcilla, he answered, “Yes. I can donate blood with God’s help and mercy.”

Right after the Church service that night, the two went to the ADD Polyclinic for a ride in the ADD Ambulance to the Makati Medical Center in Manila.

Haemoglobin Rush

“We arrived there at about 2 a.m., and met with Dolphy Jr.,” Bro. Adrian recounted. After polite introductions, the group rushed to the blood bank, only to wait a few more hours till the facility opened.

Bro. Adrian spent the last few hours of the night at the Transient Home of the Kamanggagawa Foundation, MCGI’s partner in providing free shelter and food to the public.

“At about 9 or 10 a.m., I arrived at the blood bank,” said Bro. Adrian. That time, he saw other MCGI brethren with B+ blood type lining up for blood donation for the country’s Comedy King.

When the test results came in however, Bro. Adrian was the only one fit for plasma extraction. Turns out, one was all they needed as he heard one of the staff remark, “This is great! We’ve harvested much plasma!”

After three hours at the bank, Bro. Adrian was ready to give his generous donation to Dolphy Jr., who had a different kind of generosity in store for him.

An Opportunity to Do Good

“Where’s your other brethren?” Dolphy Jr. asked Bro. Adrian. Hoping to give them something in return, Dolphy Jr. wondered why they left so soon.

“Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel taught us that when you have an opportunity to do good, you grab it immediately,” Bro. Adrian replied, and added, “especially this is for Dolphy.”

Dolphy Jr. then insisted to give him a “thick envelope,” which Bro. Adrian kept refusing. “I’m sorry but I’m really not asking for anything in return,” said Bro. Adrian. “He [Dolphy] needs it more. I’m fine.”

With those words, Dolphy Jr. could not do anything more but say, “Thank you very much,” and bid Bro. Adrian to also extend his thanks to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel.

After telling Vandolph “how many occasions your father made me laugh,” Bro. Eli also thanked him for visiting. He also expressed a bit of regret that “our help might have not been early enough.”

“Despite that however, it was a good thing we showed through our brethren,” Bro. Eli continued, “that whatever our situation in life, we are ready to help our fellows.”

“He’s already gone, but to me that’s a big thing,” Vandolph said.


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