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Superstar Villain Cherie Gil, 59


Cherie Gil. Image by way of macherieamour/Instagram

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

This was how Cherie Gil’s character was introduced onstage within the movie Bituing Walang Ningning (1985). Cherie Gil (née Evangeline Rose Gil Eigenmann), arguably one of many most interesting Filipino villainesses onscreen, died yesterday, Aug. 5. 

The information was damaged by expertise supervisor Annabelle Rama on Aug. 5 by way of social media. “Cherie Gil just passed away at 5 p.m. today. Please pray for her (praying emoji),” a Facebook submit blared in capital letters. This was later confirmed by two Instagram posts by Gil’s nephew, Sid Lucero (né Timothy Eigenmann). In one, with an image of his aunt, he mentioned, “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 12 months. In posts on her Facebook web page in July, she had proven an image of her shaved head with surgical stitches, together with a number of strains from 1 Corinthians 13:4 (“Love is patient, love is kind”). She had, in accordance to her Facebook posts, been handled on 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 high quality patrician seems and her leisure pedigree made her a shoo-in for present enterprise. Her mother and father had already set a formidable path within the trade, whereas 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 performing. Together, after which with the kids within the third technology — together with 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 household, utilizing totally different names and assuming a number of identities onscreen, would develop into one of many nation’s extra formidable showbiz dynasties, recognized for a dedication to their craft.  

Ms. Gil is survived by her mother and father, a brother, quite a few nephews and nieces, and three youngsters: Jay Eigenmann (with actor and comic Leo Martinez), and Bianca and Raphael Rogoff (with violinist Rony Rogoff). 


Prior to her large break in Elwood Perez’s Problem Child (1980), Ms. Gil recalled in an Instagram submit: “I’ve been asked numerous times how many years I’ve been in the business. Frankly, I don’t know exactly as with the ‘which came first, the chicken or the egg’ anecdote, I’m not really sure when it all started.’” The submit was accompanied by an image of a younger Cherie, based on her, singing Carole King’s “I Feel The Earth Move” on a present known as Super Young Stars. “I did start as a singer and host after all!,” she mentioned. “I was so sure that was the song because I vividly remember my dad standing behind the cameras conducting to the rhythm of my favorite tune. I practiced over and over again to only make a mistake and start over.” 

“I don’t know if I got paid for it though as I was having so much fun anyway as I recall!” she wrote. “When you love your job, it don’t feel like a job at all.” 

Her seems and bearing would have been sufficient for a profitable modelling profession (as seen in a 1970s commercial for Citrobelle, a model of facial cleanser), however drama was in her blood. In a brief span of time, Ms. Gil proved her versatility, leaping from roles of aristocratic enfants terribles within the aforementioned Problem Child and Oro Plata Mata (1982), and in between enjoying an precise degenerate in Ishmael Bernal’s Manila By Night (1980; for which she was nominated Best Actress in the course of the Gawad Urian Awards). She may do camp (enjoying the gorgon Valentina in Darna: Ang Pagbabalik in 1994), and comedy (spending years within the comedy sketch present Champoy within the Nineteen Eighties).  

Her ability could be acknowledged in a number of awards: for Sonata (2013), she received as Best Actress on the 2015 ASEAN International Film Festival and Awards (AIFFA), and for Mana (2014), she received Best Lead Actress in a Foreign Language Film on the Madrid International Film Festival, and the Ani ng Dangal Award from the National Commission of Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in 2016. 

“What a role!” Ms. Gil mentioned of her work in Manila By Night, throughout an interview with BusinessWorld High Life in 2015.  “I felt, wow, I must be really Bernie’s favorite,” she laughed. “I think the sense of having the androgynousness made him feel that I was the one who could play Kano. I grew up with my brothers, so I could get into character easily. It was a dream role — a dream role.” 

Outside her roles as chilly and calculating girls on the massive and small screens (she was a popular telenovela villain), she introduced nuanced performances onstage. She performed Maria Callas in Master Class (2010), and in her capability as founding father of My Own Mann Productions, she performed Vogue editor Diana Vreeland in Full Gallop (2014). “Theater is an actor’s medium — the best training ground,” she advised High Life. 

She achieved mainstream fame in Bituing Walang Ningning, the place she performed a longtime diva about to be upstaged by a youthful supplicant, performed by frequent co-star, Sharon Cuneta (herself formidable sufficient together with her personal showbiz and political connections, in addition to an adoring fanbase that dubbed her “Megastar”).  

According to the identical High Life story, titled “PriMadonna” (juxtaposing her with pop star Madonna, who was in Manila for the primary time when the interview was performed), Ms. Gil had bagged the function when she took a break from the cinema and sang in golf equipment. This film cemented her place in Filipino popular culture: in it, she splashes her rival within the face with a glass of water after haughtily declaring: “You’re nothing but a second-rate, trying-hard copycat!” This line would both be copied word-for-word in drag exhibits, or referenced in a number of different films. Ms. Gil set a regular for Philippine cinema’s contrabidas (villains). 

Ms. Cuneta’s virginal ingenues have been the right foils for Ms. Gil’s polished villains. They performed rivals in Kailan Sasabihing Mahal Kita (1985), Bakit Ikaw Pa Rin? (1990), and Ngayon At Kailanman (1992), amongst different movies. 

In Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas (1986), they performed associates, a testomony to the real-life bond between the 2 stars. In an Instagram submit, Ms. Cuneta advised Ms. Gil in a remark, “I want to thank you for being my ‘better half’ in ALL of our movies together. You are my one and only Cherie. There is no one like you. You have been such a big part of my career and every bit of success God has blessed me with… I have always loved you and will always love you.” 

While trying each bit a chilly sophisticate, Ms. Gil was stuffed with real-life heat. During an occasion for the press rounds of Full Gallop, she had advised this reporter, “You have got style.” In one other press convention for the play, she advised BusinessWorld about her similarities with the equally glamorous and misunderstood editor. “She loves the tango; I love the tango. She’s a wonderful mother, and I would like to think I’m a wonderful mother.” 

She lowered her voice when she remembered parallels between herself and her character. “The times when I found myself in my deepest misery, in my lowest. And you’d have to get up again.” — Joseph L. Garcia 

“Thankyou www.bworldonline.com For Providing This News.”


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