“Kahit iba-iba kami ng nanay, nagkakaroon ng harmonious ano [relationship] dahil ang parating nasa isip namin ay ang daddy namin,” actor-director Eric Quizon told Bulgar entertainment editor Janiz Navida the secret behind the Quizon brothers’ loving relationship. This was during the media conference for the brothers’ newest comedy gag show on Net25, Quizon CT (Comedy Theather).
Eric was referring to their late dad, Comedy King Dolphy. “Before he died, ang sinabi niya sa aming lahat, ‘Ayoko ng away-away ha. Gusto ko magmahalan kayo.’ ‘Yun ang kabilin-bilinan niya sa aming lahat kaya siguro ‘yun ang nanatili sa ‘min,” Eric continued. “Those are some of his last habilin sa aming magkakapatid.”
Dolphy died almost ten years ago but his memory keeps his sons happy together.
Eric remained realistic in saying that misunderstandings among siblings are inevitable but he and his brothers have found a way to keep things under control. “I think ang maganda lang sa amin kasi ‘pag nag-aaway kami, hindi kami ‘yung nagtatanim [ng galit] or talagang we’ll bring it to the grave. Hindi kami ganun.”
Again, he paid tribute to the late comedy icon for this influence. “I think kasi ang Daddy ko ganun. ‘Pag nagagalit ang daddy ko,” Eric began explaining animatedly, reenacting his dad’s gesture. “Da da da da da da da! O, anong kailangan mo? So, papagalitan kami niyan pero after a while, natatapos din siya. Kumbaga, somehow, sa aming magkakapatid, ganun din.”
Eric shared that that he thinks having individual lives, careers, and families must have played a part in their bond. He laughingly said, “Siguro kung magkakasama kami sa bahay, baka mag-aaway-away na kami. Joke lang! Siguro ‘yun eh, we long for each other’s company.”
Before Eric could respond to the question if he’s the pacifier among brothers, his younger brother chimed in and volunteered to answer. He said, “Actually, siya. Siya talaga. I give it to Eric kasi he always goes out of his way to correct the issue sa family. Parati siyang nasa gitna. Wala siyang kinakampihan. Maski na kunyari pareho kaming ng nanay ni Eric at nag-away kami ni Vandolph, ako ‘yung pagsasabihan niya or icocorrect niya ang mali.”
Eric and Epy have the same biological mother, former actress Pamela Ponti, while Vandolph is Dolphy’s son with actress Alma Moreno.
Epy said the concept of half-siblings with their other brothers has long been gone. He cited his relationship with Vandolph as an example, “Like me and Vandolph, we are one of the closest sa brood. Alam ni Vandolph ‘yan. Ganun ko kamahal ‘yan!”
“Ows?” Vandolph chimed in, feigning disbelief, and they laughed.
Epy went on to pay tribute to their “Kuya” Eric. “Noong nagkasakit pa lang tatay ko, he was always there. He was on top of every issue.”
A resounding yes could be heard a couple of times while Epy was explaining. It was Vandolph expressing his agreement. The youngest among the three asked if he could add his thoughts.
Valdolph extended the tribute to their eldest brother, “Ever since I was young, he [Eric] was on his own na, pero hindi niya kami pinabayaan. Lalo na ‘yung dad namin may pinagdaanan, siya naging spokesperson. Until noong naaksidente ako, siya pa rin naging spokesperson. ‘Di ba?”
An obviously touched Eric was seen smiling in his Zoom frame.
Vandolph revealed that the half-sibling concept was unknown to him growing up. “Wala akong tinratong half-brother or half-sister. Kasi mag-isa lang ako sa nanay ko. Lahat sila kapatid ko,” he said, adding that constantly being together in family gatherings also contributed to their closeness.
It was refreshing to see three grown men expressing love for and appreciating each other. The youngest among the three Quizons in the mediacon left a strong and heartwarming statement. Vandolph reminded, “Basta mahal mo ‘yung tao, half man o hindi, basta magkadugo kayo, magkadugo kayo.”
Watch Eric, Epy, and Vandolph continue their father’s comedic legacy via Net25’s Quizon CT every Sunday at 8PM.
Photos courtesy of Net25 and Eric Quizon on Instagram