The book “Dolphy, Hindi Ko Ito Narating Mag-isa” tells us how showbusiness developed from pre -war to the present. Here, Dolphy narrates facts that form a colorful tapestry that gives a glimpse of Manila’s social history. The comedian’s life story as told to Bibeth Orteza is as much an amusing brow raiser as it is a chronology of events in the world of entertainment. On page 41, Dolphy remembered Domingo Principe ( 1912-1996), a scriptwriter – director who married a close relative of ours. My aunt, Juanita Bernardo De la Cruz Principe (1911-1998) is a cousin of my Dad and I grew up calling her Tita Nita and her husband, Tito Domingo. They lived in a corner lot in Sta. Cruz, Manila near a market which they owned was located.
A good memory helps and Dolphy knows how to look back and recall his humble beginnings. Tito Domingo he says, directed him during dramatic performances in Opera House where he and his troupe attracted many spectators.
I remember Tito Domingo as tall and good looking. Whenever he celebrated his birthday, the father of Albert Martinez among many known friends,was a guest. All his children are now successful professionals who reside in the Philippines and in the U.S.