Aquino to bestow Order of Golden Heart to comedian Dolphy PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 November 2010 10:44

President Benigno S. Aquino III will bestow on actor-comedy king Rodolfo Quizon, popularly known as Dolphy, the Grand Collar Order of the Golden Heart award on Monday at the Rizal Hall of Malacañang.

“The conferment is in recognition of the life achievement of Mr. Quizon both in terms of his show business career where his comedy has brought joy to millions but this is importantly his well-known philanthropy and encouragement of charitable and good causes,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in an interview with Radyo ng Bayan Saturday morning.

This includes the Dolphy-Aid para sa Pinoy Foundation, which gives scholarships to children of overseas Filipino workers, she said.

Valte also said that the Order of the Golden Heart gives official recognition to Filipinos or foreigners “who have rendered distinguished services or given noteworthy monetary of other material aid, encouragement to the campaign for the amelioration and improvement of the moral, social and economic conditions of the Filipino masses and for volunteerism in the service of the Filipino masses.”

Valte said the first recipient of the award, which was established by then President Ramon Magsaysay in 1954, was US blind author, Helen Keller in 1955.

Dolphy openly endorsed Aquino’s political rival, Senator Manny Villar, in the May 2010 elections.