Legendary Filipino actress Cherie Gil has passed away. The actress, known as ‘La Primera Contravida’ for her acting prowess, died on Friday, August 5, at the age of 59. She had been battling cancer for some time now.
Cherie, whose real name was Evangeline Rose Gil Eigenmann, was the daughter of Filipino singer-actors Eddie Mesa and Rosemarie Gil and sister of fellow actors Michael de Mesa and Mark Gil. Read on to know more about the actress’s life and career.
Gil’s Manager Confirmed Her Death
Gil’s death has been confirmed by her talent manager, Annabelle Rama. She took to Facebook to share the sad news and wrote, “CHERIE GIL JUST PASSED AWAY AT 5PM TODAY PLEASE PRAY FOR HER.”
The news was also shared by Gil’s nephew, Sid Lucero, who posted a photo of her on social media and captioned, “I love you;) big hug :)” Gil’s recent Facebook posts showed her being treated for cancer at a hospital. The actress was also seen with a shaved head.
In February this year, Gil left the showbiz world in the Philippines and migrated to New York. Talking about restarting her life, she had said, “I got rid of all the clothes I had that symbolized a past life. I’m completely finding myself and coming to terms with who I really am. It’s just great to have this opportunity and to be alive to start over. It’s like a rebirth of sorts.”
Industry Folks Pay Tributes
Cherie’s friends and colleagues from the entertainment industry are expressing their grief over her unfortunate death and also paying tribute to the actor. Kapuso star Gabbi Garcia wrote on social media, “Ms. Cherie Gil. So heartbreaking. I’m so honored to have been able to work with a legend. Rest in Power.”
Director Jose Javier Reyes posted, “Rest now, dear EVANGELINE ROSE. You will always be our TRINING OJEDA immortalized in ORO, PLATA, MATA. Have a safe journey home to the arms of our Father. You were launched in the very first movie I ever wrote. You starred in the movie that I will always be remembered. You are irreplaceable in the minds and hearts of so many of us.”
Actor-singer Mark Bautista also wrote, “Hwat Happened? Learned so much from her when we did Lastikman. Such a great loss to the entertainment industry. Praying for her family.”
Gil Made her Acting Debut at the age of 9
Cherie started her acting career as a child actor and made her debut at the age of 9. In 1978, she starred as the lead in the film Bubot na Bayabas opposite Ronald Bregendahl. She then went on to star in films like City After Dark, Salawahan, Ito Ba Ang Ating Mga Anak and Sugar Daddy.
Cherie also appeared in Manila by Night in 1980, Oro, Plata, Mata in 1982, and as Lavinia Arguelles in Bituing Walang Ninging in 1985, the film where she had the famous dialog “you’re nothing but a second-rate, trying hard copycat!”
In 1994, Gil took a break from her career to focus on her family and made a comeback 11 years later with Sugatang Puso. Her last TV appearance was in the show Legal Wives in 2021.
Gil is survived by three children, Jay Eigenmann, Bianca Rogoff, and Raphael Rogoff. May the departed soul rest in peace! Stay tuned for more news and updates.