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Adelaida Marquez Fernando-Villegas
March 17, 1914
|Died||August 30, 2004
Parañaque City, Philippines
Dely Atay-Atayan, also Adelaida Fernando, (March 17, 1914 – August 30, 2004), born Adelaida Marquez Fernando-Villegas, was a Filipina comedian and singer. Her career in entertainment spanned seven decades, beginning in bodabil and ending in television.
Atay-Atayan had completed her second year in high school when she broke into showbusiness as a kundiman singer at the Palace Theater in Manila. From 1930 to 1934, she toured with a bodabil troupe, billing herself as "The Queen of Laughs". She made her film debut in 1940 with Lakambini, where she played opposite her husband, comedian Andoy Balunbalunan. After Balunbalunan's death, she married Catalino Ong.
From 1940 until 1994, Atay-Atayan appeared in over 300 films. She was also a popular comedian on radio, starring in programs such as Tangtarang-Tang. She formed a comedic quartet with Pugak, Lopito and Doro de los Ojos, calling themselves "Ancient Fox".
Her most famous later role was as Doña Delilah, the wealthy, imperious and disapproving mother-in-law of John Puruntong (Dolphy) in the RPN sitcom John En Marsha, which was created by her brother Ading and ran for seventeen years. Her portrayal proved as the definitive "mother-in-law" archetype in Filipino popular culture. Her famous tag-line, uttered without fail in every episode to John Puruntong, was a scathing admonition: "Magsumikap ka!" ("Try harder!"). She also played as Vic Sotto's mother from the town of Tiaong, Quezon in also a popular sitcom Iskul Bukol. Famous for her term of endearment "Bunsooyy!" whenever addressing Vic. The root word "bunso" is Tagalog for youngest child.
Atay-Atayan retired in the mid-1990s. She had been bedridden for two years prior to her death in 2004.
DELY Atay-atayan, John Puruntong's nagging mother-in-law, is dead of old age at 90. She passed away last Monday night, according to her family.
Adelaida Villegas, known to Filipinos as Doña Delilah on TV's "John en Marsha" in the '70s, was declared dead on arrival at the Parañaque Medical Hospital, said her granddaughter, Amor Quizon.
Quizon said Dely had been having colds and fever a few weeks before she died.
Quizon is the mother of actor-commercial model Boy 2 Quizon. Her husband, Boy, is a son of comedian Dolphy, the son-in-law that Dely loved to nag on "John en Marsha."
Dely had been living with Quizon since 2002 at Barangay BF Homes in Para¤aque, where Inquirer Entertainment interviewed the comedian in May 2003 ("The mother-in-law we loved to laugh at" May 9, 2003).
Quizon said the family had been prepared for Dely's death. She said her grandmother did not suffer any major complications, but "was already very tired."
In 1997, Dely was hospitalized for pneumonia. A year later, she was hospitalized again for high blood pressure and severe stomach ache. She was also diagnosed with gallstones, but doctors refused to operate because she was already 85 and might not fully recover from the operation.
Dely's remains now lie in state at the Holy Trinity Chapel on Sucat Road, Parañaque.
- 1940 -Lakambini [Cervantina Filipina Corp.]
- 1940 -Gunita [Sampaguita]
- 1940 -Nag-iisang Sangla [Lvn]
- 1947 -Bakya mo Neneng [Premiere]
- 1948 -Ang Anghel sa Lupa [Premiere]
- 1948 -Wala na akong Iluha [Premiere]
- 1948 -Itanong mo sa Bulaklak [Premiere]
- 1948 -Bulaklak at Paruparo [Premiere]
- 1948 -Maliit lamang ang Daigdig [Premiere]
- 1949 -Kayumanggi [Premiere]
- 1949 -Anak ng Panday [Premiere]
- 1949 -Halik sa Bandila [Premiere]
- 1949 -Kumander Sundang [Premiere]
- 1949 -Kay Ganda ng Umaga [Premiere]
- 1950 -48 Oras [Premiere]
- 1950 -Tatlong Balaraw [Premiere]
- 1950 -Kenkoy [Premiere]
- 1951 -Bahay na Tisa [Premiere]
- 1951 -Diego Silang [Premiere]
- 1953 - Highway 54 [LGS]
- 1953 -Kambal na Lihim [LGS]
- 1953 -Tayo'y Mag-aliw [Premiere]
- 1953 -Tampalasan [LGS]
- 1954 -Selosong Balo [V]
- 1956 -Mr. & Mrs. [People's]
- 1957 -Bicol Express [Premiere]
- 1957 -H-Line Gang [Premiere]
- 1958 -Kilabot sa Sta. Barbara [Tamaraw Studios]
- 1968 -Buhay bombero
- 1969 -Pacifica Falaypay [RVQ Productions]
- 1969 -Impasse
- 1970 -With These Hands
- 1973 -John and Marsha [RVQ Productions]
- 1976 -Magsikap: Kayod sa araw, kayod sa gabi
- 1976 -John and Marsha 2 [RVQ Productions]
- 1977 -Omeng Satanasia
- 1977 -John and Marsha 3 [RVQ Productions]
- 1977 -Silang mga mukhang pera
- 1980 -John and Marsha 4 [RVQ Productions]
- 1981 -Tropang bulilit
- 1984 -Da Best of John & Marsha [RVQ Productions]
- 1985 -Ride on Baby
- 1985 -Kapag baboy ang inutang
- 1985 -John and Marsha sa probinsya [RVQ Productions]
- 1985 -Like Father, Like Son
- 1988 -Baleleng at ang ginto sirena
- 1988 -Haw Haw de Karabaw
- 1989 -Everlasting Love
- 1990 -Samson & Goliath [M-Zet Films]
- 1991 -John and Marsha '91 [RVQ Productions]
- 1994 -Chickboy [OctoArts Films]
- Malou Maniquis (1994). "Philippine Film". In Nicanor Tiongson. CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art VIII (1st ed.). Manila: Cultural Center of the Philippines. pp. 204–205. ISBN 971-8546-31-6. Unknown parameter