August 8, 2022

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Superstar Villain Cherie Gil, 59

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“Ladies and gentlemen, the one and only superstar: Miss Lavinia Arguelles!” 

This was how Cherie Gil’s character was announced onstage in the film Bituing Walang Ningning (1985). Cherie Gil (née Evangeline Rose Gil Eigenmann), arguably one of the finest Filipino villainesses onscreen, died yesterday, Aug. 5. 

The news was broken by talent manager Annabelle Rama on Aug. 5 via social media. “Cherie Gil just passed away at 5 p.m. today. Please pray for her (praying emoji),” a Facebook post blared in capital letters. This was later confirmed by two Instagram posts by Gil’s nephew, Sid Lucero (né Timothy Eigenmann). In one, with a picture of his aunt, he said, “I love you;) big hug #bugluv.” People commented with their messages of condolences. 

Ms. Gil had left the Philippines for New York in February this year. In posts on her Facebook page in July, she had shown a picture of her shaved head with surgical stitches, along with a few lines from 1 Corinthians 13:4 (“Love is patient, love is kind”). She had, according to her Facebook posts, been treated at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. 


Born to crooner Eddie Mesa and actress Rosemarie Gil on May 12, 1963, Cherie Gil’s fine patrician looks and her entertainment pedigree made her a shoo-in for show business. Her parents had already set a formidable trail in the industry, while her brothers, fellow actors Michael de Mesa (né Michael Edward Gil Eigenmann) and Mark Gil (né Raphael John Gil Eigenmann, deceased 2014had already picked up acting. Together, and then with the children in the third generation — including celebrities Ryan, AJ, and Geoff Eigenmann (from her brother Michael); the aforementioned Sid Lucero, Gabby, Andi, and Max Eigenmann (from her brother Mark)* — the Eigenmann family, using different names and assuming multiple identities onscreen, would become one of the country’s more formidable showbiz dynasties,…

Sam Marcelo

2022-08-05 20:39:51

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