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Seasoned actress Cherie Gil dies at 59

By JUSTINE PUNZALAN Published Aug 05, 2022 10:44 pm Updated Aug 06, 2022 2:21 am

Seasoned actress Cherie Gil has passed away. She was 59 years old.

The news of her untimely demise was confirmed by her nephew Sid Lucero after talent manager Anabelle Rama announced it on Twitter earlier today, Aug. 5.

Meanwhile, a source told The Philippine STAR that the actress died at 5:30 am, New York time, after a battle with cancer.

Gil's career in showbiz was filled with winning moments, mostly from her stirring portrayal of antagonist in several films and telenovelas.

Born as Evangeline Rose Gil Eigenmann, the veteran actress hailed from a clan of celebrities. Her parents are Eddie Mesa and Rosemarie Gil, while her siblings are Michael De Mesa and Mark Gil.

She forayed into showbiz when she was nine years old and revealed in an interview with Boy Abunda for The STAR this year that acting is a skill which naturally runs in the family.

"We were actually encouraged to do it because we didn’t have (acting) schools. I didn’t attend theater. I didn’t attend any kind of training. Now I understand and it’s making it a part of who you are," the actress said. 

She first appeared on the big screen when she was 15 years old through the film Problem Child.

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The veteran actress is best known for her portrayal of Lavinia Arguelles in Bituin Walang Ningning opposite Sharon Cuneta.

This is in addition to amassing awards from several award-giving bodies, including the FAMAS, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Metro Manila Film Festival, ASEAN International Film Awards, Madrid International Film Festival, and Gawad Urian Awards.

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Gil left the Philippines and migrated to the US in February this year. It was in the same month that she first revealed her shaved head for the cover of Mega Magazine. She was then quoted as describing this phase in her life as a "rebirth."

Gil was survived by her husband Rony Rogoff and children, Bianca and Raphael. Details of her funeral are yet to be announced by the family.