It's been a tough year, we lost a few good men and women out there. The Comedy King. The first man on the moon. One of the finest Pinoy rock vocalist of our generation. A hip-hop icon. And Whitney...
This is our tribute to the fallen idols of 2012. We will miss you, sirs and madams.
Rodolfo Quizon's, or Dolphy's, humble beginnings took place in Tondo, where as a teen he developed a love of theater and started performing onstage during the Japanese occupation. At age 19, he appeared on his first film, Dugo At Bayan, directed by the late Fernando Poe, Sr.
His career took a successful turn, however, after playing the effeminate brother of Lolita Rodriguez in the movie, Jack en Jill. From then on, Dolphy spent the bulk of his decades-spanning career playing comedic roles in film, television, and radio, thus earning him the title of "Hari ng Komedya (King of Comedy)".
He died of multiple organ failure at the age of 83. Idol, we shall miss you most.
Whitney Houston, 49
Whitney Houston was regarded as having one of the best voices in the music industry, characterized by her ability to infuse emotion and drama to a lyric. She garnered widespread critical and commercial success in the early 1990s with her rendition of the 1974 Dolly Parton original, "I Will Always Love You", a track critics regard as Houston's signature song. In 2009, Houston broke records by being the most awarded female act of all time.
Despite her acclaim in the music industry, Houston's personal life was dogged by controversy, especially regarding her struggle with drug abuse. She died at the age of 49, after accidentally drowning in her Beverly Hills suite.
Marilou Diaz Abaya, 57
Marilou Diaz-Abaya was one of the few mainstream Filipino directors whose films "matter" according to critics. Her films, especially those with writing partner and collaborator Ricky Lee, have been lauded by their rich characterization, social relevance, and ethnic awareness.
Diaz-Abaya's prolific work includes Karnal (1983), Muro-ami (1999), and the then-most expensive Filipino film ever made, Jose Rizal (1998), which was met with critical and universal acclaim, winning several prestigious awards locally and internationally. Diaz-Abaya was also a recipient of many honors, including a Women for Peace co-nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2007, she founded the Marilou Diaz-Abaya Film Institute and Arts Center.
She succumbed to breast cancer at the age of 57.
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