Evangeline Rose Gil Eigenmann (June 21, 1963 - August 5, 2022), known professionally as Cherie Gil, was a Filipino actress. With a career spanning nearly 50 years, she was dubbed the "La Primera Contravida" ("The Prime Villain") for her acting prowess which landed her numerous antagonistic roles on film, television, and even on stage.

Gil was a FAMAS Award winner, a recipient of Ani ng Dangal by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and a Hall of Famer at the Metro Manila Film Festival in the Best Supporting Actress category. In 2015, she won the Best Actress trophy at the ASEAN International Film Awards. +more The same year, she also won the Best Lead Actress in a Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Madrid International Film Festival. In 2019, she was awarded the Best Supporting Actress at the 42nd Gawad Urian Awards for her portrayal of the character Patricia Medina in the feature film Citizen Jake.

She began her career as a child actress at the age of 9, and was best known for her role as Lavinia Arguelles in Bituing Walang Ningning (1985) where she uttered the iconic line "You're nothing but a second-rate, trying hard copycat!" to Dorina Pineda, Sharon Cuneta's character.

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Early life

Cherie Gil was born on June 21, 1963 as Evangeline Rose Gil Eigenmann to a family of actors. Her parents were Eddie Mesa and Rosemarie Gil. +more She had two brothers, Michael de Mesa and Mark Gil (1961-2014), both actors, and a half-sister, Elaine Eigenmann.

Career

Gil started in showbiz at an early age being the daughter of celebrities and sibling of equally-talented actors. She was cast either as a daughter or part of a circle of friends of the lead actor. +more However, she was given a lead star status in Bubot na Bayabas in 1978 opposite another newbie, Ronald Bregendahl (Rita Gomez and Ric Rodrigo's son). The movie was a forgettable release. But in 1979, film matriarch Lily Monteverde re-launched her via Problem Child with the then-current teen sensation, Lloyd Samartino. The movie fared mildly, and she was continually cast by Regal Films in films such as City After Dark, Salawahan, Ito Ba Ang Ating Mga Anak and Sugar Daddy. She went freelance with assignments like "Beach House", "Ang Bouncer at ang Dancer", "Dancing Master", "Girlfriend" among others. In 1982, Gil portrayed a naïve lass affected by World War II in Bacolod in the now classic film Oro, Plata, Mata. She tried singing and had another mild hit, "I Love You, Boy". On TV, she was one of the co-hosts of German Moreno in Germspesyal from 1979 to 1981. Gil became a mainstay of Champoy with Subas Herrero and Noel Trinidad from 1981 to 1986.

Gil resurfaced as a villain in 1985 via Viva Films' Bituing Walang Ningning, providing the lead actress Sharon Cuneta formidable support in the role of Lavinia Arguelles, a famous but insecure singer. From this movie, she became famous for her iconic line, "You're nothing but a second rate, trying hard copycat!" This favorable reception consequently opened her for classy and sultry villainess roles, throughout the 1980s until the present.

She appeared in a number of hit teleseryes and primetime shows on ABS-CBN and GMA Network. Starred in numerous films, TV and has performed in theatre for play such as Master Class playing Maria Callas (PETA) Arbol de Fuego, an adaptation of Anton Chekov's The Cherry Orchard and Full Gallop as Diana Vreeland, bestowing her the Best Actress award for her one-woman portrayal in 2014.

In 2000-2001, she starred in her first soap May Bukas Pa that aired on PTV-4 as part of Viva Entertainment TVs block timer and in 2002-2003 on ABS-CBN's Bituin, where she resumed her vocal talents and in 2004 TV series, Marina. In 2006, she took on the role as Menang Medel in the hit TV remake of Gulong Ng Palad.

In 2010 she was chosen to star in the fantasy series Grazilda for GMA Network. In early 2011, she joined the cast of the comedy fantasy series, Magic Palayok co-starred by Carla Abellana, and Geoff Eigenmann. +more The series did not get picked up for a second season after the season 1 finale which is composed of 88 episodes. The GMA Network cast her in another television show, Time of My Life.

Gil was part of 83 awardees of the Ani ng Dangal award by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), represented the cinema category on February 29, 2016. This, for simultaneously winning the Best Actress award at The ASEAN Film Festival for her role in Sonata and Best Actress in a foreign film at The Madrid Film festival for her portrayal in MANA, both in the same year.

Her last acting role would be in the GMA Network 2021 television series Legal Wives. In May 2021, she announced that she had left her role in an unspecified television series, lamenting on how her efforts were not "seen and met in the same light".

Later life and death

In October 2021, Gil was diagnosed with a "rare" form of endometrial cancer, and she chose to conceal information on her illness to the public. Gil's showbiz career ended in February 2022 when she moved to the United States to be with her children and prioritize her own "mental, emotional, [and] spiritual states". +more She also shaved her head to symbolize her own "personal growth". Gil died on August 5, 2022, at 4:48 a. m. EDT (4:48 p. m. PHT) from her cancer in New York City. Prior to her death, she had been receiving treatment at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Personal life

She was married to Rony Rogoff, an Israeli violinist; the couple had a daughter and a son. Their relationship ended in 2008 after 20 years of marriage. +more She also had another son, her eldest, from a previous relationship with actor Leo Martinez. Shortly after their separation, Gil's two children with Rogoff would be under their father's custody in Israel while Gil's eldest son would remain with her in the Philippines. All three children would eventually reside in the United States. Gil reportedly reconciled with ex-husband Rogoff in 2021 with both deciding to be "companions" to each other.

Filmography

Television

YearTitleRoleNotesSource
1980-1985ChampoyHerselfSupporting cast
1987Regal ShockerTessieEpisode: "Halimaw ng Dilim" Credited as "Cherrie Gil"
1992Maalaala Mo KayaSoniaEpisode: "Walis Tambo" Credited as "Cherie Gil"
1994Bisperas ng Kasaysayan
2000-2001May Bukas PaDivina Miguel
2000Maalaala Mo KayaEpisode: "Postcard"
2001-2003Sa Puso Ko Iingatan KaStar / Nena
2002BituinCarmela Gaston
2004MarinaVictoria Raymundo
2006Bahay Mo Ba 'To?Tet Ano
2006Now and Forever: DangalChandra
2006Gulong ng PaladPhilomena "Menang" Medel
2007Kemis: Ke Misis UmaasaClarisse
2007Sineserye Presents: May MinamahalBecky Tagle
2007-2008Mars Ravelo's LastikmanAyessa White / Frosta
2008Carlo J. Caparas' PietaAmanda Tupaz
2009Maalaala Mo KayaRomanaEpisode: "Wheelchair"
2009-2010KatorseDoña Margaret Arcanghel
2010RubiSylvana Velasco-dela Fuente
2010GrazildaVeronne
2011Magic PalayokYvonne Ledesma
2011Time of My LifeMartha Llorico
2012LegacyEva Altamirano-Alcantara
2012Protégé: The Battle For The Big Artista BreakHerself - Judge
2012Temptation of WifeStella Salcedo
2013Muling Buksan Ang PusoMarietta Beltran
2014Ikaw LamangSeñora Miranda Salazar-HidalgoBook 1
2014WansapanataymStella TuasonEpisode: "My App #Boyfie"
2014-2015Strawberry LaneAlexa Bernarte
2015Maalaala Mo KayaMaritessEpisode: "Takure"
2015The Half SistersMagnolia McBride
2015MagpakailanmanMagdaEpisode: "Ina Ko, Bugaw Ko"
2015Single / SingleBianca
2016Dolce AmoreLuciana Marchesa
2016-2017Alyas Robin HoodMargarita "Maggie" Balbuena
2017TadhanaMadam Bilal
2017Single/ SingleTita Bianca
2017-2018Ika-6 na UtosAdella Acuzar-Ferrer
2018SirkusLa Ora / Laura
2018Barangay 143Sophia RiveraDubbed voice
2018Dear UgeAngelita BuensalidaEpisode: "Terror Boss"
2018-2019OnanayHelena Montenegro
2019StarstruckHerself-Judge
2020Beautiful JusticeDiorella Peñareyes
2020TadhanaCordellaEpisode:"Hindi pa huli ang Umibig" (Parts 1 & 2)
2021Daddy's GurlCherry Hills
2021Legal WivesZaina Guimba-MakadatuLast TV Appearance

Film

YearTitleRoleNotesSource
1970Bruka: Queen of Evil (She Yao Jing: Manda vs. Kung Fu)young Manda/BrukaCredited as "Cherie Gil"
1973Cofradiayoung Raquel Montesa
1977BeerhouseCorazon
1979Dancing MasterCandy
1980Gabi Ng Lagim NgayonLa Luna
1980Manila By NightKano
1980PugaLeonor Dimalanta
1980Beach House
1980Bubot Na Bayabas
1980Problem ChildRita
1980Girlfriend
1980Beerhouse Dancers
1980Deadly BrothersFlora
1981The Betamax Story
1982Ito Ba Ang Ating Mga Anak?Jenny
1982Oro, Plata, MataTrining Ojeda
1982Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan
1983M. +moreI. B. :Men in BriefDiana
1983Sana, Bukas Pa ang KahaponEllen
1984Sa Hirap At GinhawaKaren
1984ImortalNatasha Quintania
1984Bagets 2MarinelCredited as "Cherie Gil"
1985Kailan Sasabihing Mahal Kita?Arianne Velez
1985Bituing Walang NingningLavinia Arguelles
1985God, Save Me!Edita
1986Palimos ng Pag-ibigVerna Castillo
1986Sana'y Wala Nang WakasMonique Versoza
1986Bilanggo Sa DilimMarissa
1987Saan Nagtatago ang Pag-ibig?Zeny
1987Saan Nagkamali Ang Pag-ibig?Jasmin Romero-Bulaong
1987Jack & JillSusan
1988Hamunin ang Bukas.
1988Huwag Mong Itanong Kung BakitAning
1988Jessa: Blusang Itim 2Lara Loren
1989RosendaRia
1989Kahit Wala Ka NaDebbie
1989Ang Bukas Ay Akin, Langit Ang UusigMiriam
1989Ang Babaeng Nawawala sa SariliOliva
1990Nagsimula sa PusoCharieCredited as "Cherie Gil"
1990TreseAngie
1990Tayo Na sa DilimMimosa
1992Ngayon at KailanmanDonna Benitez
1994Sana Ay Ikaw Na NgaShirley Evangelista
1994WatingAnya
1994Mars Ravelo's Darna: Ang PagbabalikValentina
2000Ika-13 KapituloMarge
2000Sugatang PusoMiriam
2003My First RomanceJackie's mother
2004Lastikman: Unang BanatEditha / Lastika
2006DonsolMars
2009Agaton & MindyTanya
2010Working GirlsAmanda Dela Vega
2010Father JejemonVioleta
2012Sosy ProblemsMartina Bertrand
2013A Moment in TimeKaren Linden
2013Ang Huling HenyaChief GabrielUncredited
2013SonataRegina CadenaAlso producer (as My Own Mann)
2013EkstraHerself / Doña Beatriz
2015ManaSandra
2015Baka Siguro YataRemy
2015Para sa Hopeless RomanticMiss Katigbak
2016A Lullaby to the Sorrowful MysteryBabae / Tikbalang
2018KasalHelen
2019Just a Stranger
2019Unforgettable
2019Tia MadreEmiliaLast Movie Appearance
2020Sensitive and in LoveDr. Gina
2021ElehiyaDr. Celine de Miranda
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Theatre

YearTitleRoleNotesSource
2006Doubt: A ParableSister AloysiusAtlantis Theatricals; Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City
2006The Sound of MusicBaroness Elsa SchraederRepertory Philippines; Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1, Makati City
2008Master ClassMaria CallasCarlos P. +more Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City
2012NineLiliane La FleurAtlantis Theatricals; Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City
2014Full GallopDiana VreelandCarlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City
2015Arbol de FuegoEnriquetta JardelezaPhilippine Educational Theater Association (PETA); PETA Theater Center, Quezon City; Filipino-language adaptation of Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" by Rody Vera
2017Vanya and Sonia and Masha and SpikeMashaRepertory Philippines; Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1, Makati City
2019Angels in America: Millennium ApproachesHannah Pitt / Ethel Rosenberg / Rabbi Isidor Chemelwitz / Dr. HenryAtlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group; Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City; Last Stage Appearance
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Awards and nominations

YearWorkAwardCategoryResultSource
1985God. +more Save Me!1985 Metro Manila Film FestivalBest Supporting ActressWon
1989Imortal1989 Metro Manila Film FestivalBest Supporting ActressWon
2000Sugatang Puso2000 Metro Manila Film FestivalBest Supporting ActressWon
2006Gulong ng Palad20th PMPC Star Awards for TelevisionBest Drama ActressNominated
2014Sonata11th Golden Screen AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Drama)Nominated
2014A Moment in Time2014 FAMAS AwardsBest Supporting ActressNominated
2014Muling Buksan Ang Puso28th PMPC Star Awards for TelevisionBest Drama Supporting ActressNominated
2015Mana31st PMPC Star Awards for MoviesMovie Actress of the YearNominated
2015ManaMadrid International Film FestivalBest ActressWon
2019Citizen Jake35th PMPC Star Awards for MoviesMovie Supporting Actress of the YearWon
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