Ideklara si Mang Dolphy as National Artist sa 2012: Petisyon para kay Pangulong Noynoy Aquino, sa NCCA at CCP
  • Petitioned Felipe de Leon Jr.

This petition was delivered to:

Chairman, National Commission for Culture and the Arts
Felipe de Leon Jr.
Chairperson, Cultural Center of the Philippines
Emily Abrera
Office of the President
President Benigno Aquino III

Ideklara si Mang Dolphy as National Artist sa 2012: Petisyon para kay Pangulong Noynoy Aquino, sa NCCA at CCP

    1. Petition by

      Definitely Filipino

Ang petisyon na ito ay naglalayon na iparating ang boses ng mamamayang Pilipino sa proseso ng pagtatanghal kay Dolphy bilang National Artist ngayong 2012. Ito ay pagkilala sa kanyang di matatawarang ambag sa sining at kulturang Pilipino. Nais namin na :

1. Maisama sa short-list of nominees/awardees si Mang Dolphy para sa National Artist Award for 2012. Itong panawagang aksyon ay para sa National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) at Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) na nagsusumite ng rekomendasyon sa Office of the President;

2. Ideklara ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III si Mang Dolphy as National Artist. Kami ang sinasabi mong boss mo Pangulong Noynoy at ito ang nais namin.

Sinusuportahan ng petisyon na ito ang resolusyon na inihain ng City of Manila at gayun din ang resolusyon sa Senado ng Senate President Pro-Tempore na si Jinggoy Ejercito-Estrada na nagsusulong sa paghirang kay Mang Dolphy bilang National Artist. Nais namin siyang magawaran ng parangal sa patimpalak na gagawin ngayong 2012. Ang karangalang ito ay ginagawad lamang tuwing ikatlong taon.

Ang petisyon na ito ay magsisilbing dokumentasyon ng suporta ng mamayang Pilipino kay Mang Dolphy sa panahon ng pamamaalam at pagkilala sa natatangi nyang ambag sa industriya ng Pelikula at Telebisyon at sa buhay ng maraming Pilipino. 

Pinapakiusapan ang lahat ng subscribers ng Definitely Filipino, mga supporters ni Mang Dolphy at ang buong sambayanang Pilipino na pumirma sa petition na ito. Salamat. 

"Mang Dolphy, saan ka man naroroon, Maraming Salamat po! Job well done! Bravo!"

Karagdagang Babasahin:

Farewell Tatay Dolphy:
Dolphy sa Wikipedia:
Order of National Artists Guidelines from NCCA:
Dolphy Now a National Artist Nominee:
Palace to ensure process is followed in naming Dolphy National Artist: 13 is National Day of Remembrance to Honor Dolphy:
Portrait of the Filipino as Dolphy by Randy David:
Dolphy, National Artist: 

Testimonial Videos:

Gabby Lopez:
Charo Santos:
Zsa Zsa Padilla: 


This petition aims to show the support of the Filipino people in the process and eventual conferment of the National Artist 2012 Award to Dolphy for his outstanding contribution to the arts and culture of the Philippines . It is the voice of the Filipino asking:

1. That Dolphy be included in the short-list of nominees/awardees submitted by the NCCA and CCP to the Office of the President;

2. That President Benigno Aquino III will heed to the call of his "boss" - the Filipino People - in declaring Dolphy as National Artist in 2012.

This petition supports the resolutions filed by the City of Manila and that in the Senate by Senate President Pro-Tempore Jinggoy Ejercito-Estrada asking the President to declare him as National Artist in this year's competition, which is only being held every 3 years.

This petition serves as a documentation of the public's support for Dolphy in this time of mourning and recognition of his contribution in Philippine cinema and television and in the lives of countless Filipinos.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. Pinoy group wants National Artist award for Dolphy

      As Rodolfo “Dolphy” Quizon’s loved ones and fans mourn his passing, a group of overseas Filipinos called “Definitely Filipino,” thinks it’s not too late to give credit to the late King of Comedy.

      The group recently launched an online petition calling on the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the body tasked to screen nominees for the National Artist Award, to finally give it to Dolphy.

      Founder of Definitely Filipino Ben Totanes said, “Hindi na natin naibigay nung buhay pa siya. Ibigay na natin nung wala na siya dahil parangal din yun.”

    3. Dolphy, National Artist

      "Who needs a National Artist Award?

      That this question is even being asked is a measure really of the kind of discourse we engage in when it comes to culture. It’s telling of the kinds of conversations we have with each other, it’s exactly what will keep someone like Dolphy from getting the award, excuse me, what has kept Dolphy from winning the award.

      Does it matter now that he’s dead? Of course it does. Does it matter to him? Maybe not.

      But it matters to us, doesn’t it? Now more than ever, at this particular juncture when the NAA is being discussed in this manner, in fora that heretofore and generally didn’t really care for it. This might be the first time this award has mattered on a national scale, that is, as something that we’re asking the man on the street about, as something that’s being discussed on radio, something that’s being discussed on Facebook and Twitter. "


    4. Video: People's Petition on Balitang Amerika

      Balitang Amerika interviewed Definitely Filipino Founder Ben Totanes regarding the people's petition for Dolphy to be named as National Artist on 2012.

      Check out the video here:

    5. Portrait of the Filipino as Dolphy

      "What “uses” do we expect National Artist awardees to serve in our society?

      I use the word “uses” in the way Ralph Waldo Emerson employed it in his book “Representative Men.” In the opening essay titled “The uses of great men,” he wrote: “Other men are lenses through which we read our own minds.” I’d like to think that the late Dolphy was such a man. He served a purpose not so much by prescribing a way of life or promoting an attitude as by offering us, through the characters he portrayed, lenses through which we could read our own lives. To believe otherwise would be to think of mass media audiences as passive recipients of messages, rather than as situated persons actively engaged in an ongoing dialogue."

      --- Randy David on his column Public Lives (Inquirer), July 12, 2012

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures
    7. Lawmakers offer prayers for Dolphy; National Artist award pushed


      "Lawmakers on Wednesday offered prayers and issued their respective statements as tribute to the late icon of Philippine entertainment, 83-year-old Rodolfo Vera Quizon, Dolphy.

      Dolphy passed away amid discussions on the contentious issue of whether he could be given the National Artist Award for Cinema. Despite his demise, Sorsogon Representative Salvador Escudero III said that lawmakers will tackle a resolution on the issue once they resume work in July."


    8. Reached 500 signatures
    9. No Shortcuts BUT Name Dolphy National Artist

      Bienvenido Lumbera said: “. . . We are a people without a nation, a people in constant risk of losing our identity. We need our artists to help us remember our past and put us in mind of our future. The National Artist Award insists that even without a nation, Filipino artists must be nationalists, artists whose triumphs are landmarks toward the eventual achievement of a genuine ‘sense of Filipino nationhood.’”

      Dolphy is known as a very humble person. He knows that he is already a national artist in the hearts of the Filipino people, and for sure, he will respect the process and understand that the reason and agenda behind having the National Artist Awards is bigger than all the national artists combined. Even without him saying it, it’s already a given that the cause of Filipino nationhood is also near and dear to him.

      Source: Atty. Jojo M. Liangco of

    10. Reached 100 signatures
    11. July 13 is National Day of Remembrance to honor Dolphy

      "President Benigno Aquino III has issued Presidential Proclamation No. 433 declaring Friday, July 13, 2012, a National Day of Remembrance to Honor the Memory of the Late Rodolfo "Dolphy" Quizon Sr.

      The Palace announced the issuance of the proclamation just after the President paid his respects to the late Comedy King, whose remains lie in state at the Heritage Park on Taguig City, and whose death last Monday sparked calls to confer on him the National Artist status."


    12. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • about 2 years ago

      dahil si Mang Dolphy ay maituturing na Haligi ng Comedy, Isang napakabuting tao na hindi nakakalimot tumapak sa lupa.

    • Sandra Mae Desamparado BACOLOD CITY, PHILIPPINES
      • about 2 years ago

      dahil naging bahagi sya sa buhay ng bawat pilipino

      • about 2 years ago

      A unique artist that can make people cry, be serious and laugh at the very glimpse that you see his acting. He can touch your life in different ways. Sad to say the he is gone already but my memory of him will not be forgotten. Thanks Sir Dolphy.

    • Martin Aguilar DASMARIñAS, PHILIPPINES
      • about 2 years ago

      Idol ko ang Comedy king.

      • about 2 years ago

      i am signing the petition because i know that no one can ever have done the things that Dolphy could as our "KIng of Comedy". He is the only one and very unique on his own craft. He can be looked up not just an artist but also a person who has a heart to the people. He just not make us laugh by his movies but also made us cry but his many countless contributions to the needy. He offered his life to the public so it is only likely to give it back to him by making him as one of our "National Artists". Nag-iisa ka "Tito Dolphy".


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