Remembering Friends and Celebrities : Dolphy Remembered myTito Domingo

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.

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About cathydeleon

I was a student of the late Constancio Bernardo and Jose Joya. I also had the privilege to have Rod Paras Perez, Napoleon "Billy" Abueva, Romeo Mananquil, Rafael Asuncion, Virginiaflor Agbayani and Lito Carating as my mentors. Larry Alcala's work at the Commission on Audit was done with a little help from me and another fine arts graduate. It was as well a privilege to meet many well known Filipino artists like Juvenal Sanso, Nena Saguil, Cesar Legaspi, Ang Kiukok, Onib Olmedo, Boy Rodriguez, Norma Belleza, Jerry Araos, Fred Baldemor, Esmeraldo Dans, Dave Aquino, and many other equally prominent visual artists. After a few years of working in a gallery, I took up graduate studies and finished my M.A. degree. Consequently I took up Philippine Studies (Philippine Society and Culture). The course was a consortium between the UP Asian Center, UP College of Social Sciences & Philosophy (CSSP) and the College of Arts & Letters (CAL). I finished my Ph.D. degree a few years ago.
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