Conferment of Honor for Dolphy Quizon on Monday, Nov. 8

November 5, 2010 press release prepared by the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson
President Benigno S. Aquino III will confer the Grand Collar of the Order of the Golden Heart on actor-comedian Dolphy Quizon on Monday in simple rites at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall of MalacaƱan Palace at 2:00PM.
The conferment is in recognition of the life achievements of Mr. Quizon, both in terms of his show business career, where his comedy has brought joy to millions, but just as importantly, his well-known philanthropy and encouragement of charitable and good causes as well.  This includes the Dolphy Aid Para sa Pinoy Foundation that gives scholarships to deserving children of Overseas Filipino Workers.
The Order of the Golden Heart was established in 1954 by the late President Ramon Magsaysay to recognize “those who have rendered distinguished services or given noteworthy monetary or 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.”
Throughout his professional career, Mr. Quizon has brought entertainment to millions while upholding high standards in his profession. He has also characterized his other causes, even political advocacies, with good natured decency and respect for all. It is only appropriate, then, that the government recognizes the outstanding personal and professional qualities of Mr. Quizon that have boosted the morale of the people over generations, just as Mr. Quizon has used his prominence and influence to assist and aid his fellow citizens
In recognizing life achievement, the President chose to confer of the highest rank, Grand Collar (Maringal na Kuwintas). There is ample precedent for the conferment of the highest rank on a private citizen: the first conferment of this rank was on the great humanitarian Hellen Keller on May 20, 1955.