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Philippines mourns as popular comedian is buried

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 9:42 a.m. HST, Jul 15, 2012

MANILA, Philippines >> People across the Philippines have been watching the funeral of the country's "King of Comedy" on nationwide TV.

Rodolfo Vera Quizon Sr. was a popular actor fondly called Dolphy by generations of Filipinos. The 83-year-old died Tuesday of organ failure, kidney ailments and complications from pneumonia. He was buried Sunday.

Quizon starred in more than 200 films in his 66-year career. Once a poor peanut vendor in movie houses, he shot to fame playing gay roles and slapstick characters. He became so famous that presidential candidates courted his support in elections. He had 18 children with six women.

President Benigno Aquino III declared Friday a national day of remembrance to honor the movie icon.

Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in the capital.

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