Kapamilya Tree: The Gil Family

Kapamilya Tree: The Gil Family-EJ Salut
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12/06/2015 12:17 AM
Kapamilya Tree: The Gil Family


Showbiz families aren't rare in the industry. Children who grew up with parents under the limelight often end up following the same footsteps. An example of this is the Eigenmann-Gil genealogy, a royalty in the entertainment industry.


The lineage starts with husband-and-wife Eduardo de Mesa Eigenmann (b. 1940) and Maria Rosa Francisca Catalina Gil y Castellvi (b. 1942). The family patriarch is better known in the industry as Eddie Mesa. An actor and a singer, he was once regarded as the "Elvis Presley of the Philippines" for having impersonated the King of Rock and Roll. He acted in Eddie Romero's Hollywood film "The Raiders of Leyte Gulf" (1963) and has appeared in several movies alongside Fernando Poe Jr. He had his first child with Rosemarie Gil in 1960 and they got married a year later. An actress herself, Rosemarie is known for her roles in "Sta. Rita De Casia" (1958), "Night of the Cobra Woman" (1972), and "Naked Vengeance" (1985). She appeared in more than 185 movies. All the couples' three children--Michael de Mesa, Mark Gil, and Cherie Gil--became showbiz personalities themselves.


The oldest of the Eigenmann-Gil brood used the de Mesa surname onstage and became known as Michael De Mesa (b. 1960). Born Michael Edward, he began acting at the age of 15 and hasn't stopped appearing in movies and teleseryes. Some of his awards include Urian Best Actor Award for "The Unfaithful Wife" (1986) and Urian Best Supporting Actor Award for "Ikasa Mo, Ipuputok Ko" (1990). He married multi-awarded actress and television director Gina Alajar in 1978. They had three kids, all of whom are likewise in showbiz: Ryan, Geoff, and AJ. Unlike their father, the three used the family surname Eigenmann onscreen. The De Mesa-Alajar marriage was annulled in 2006.


Belonging to the third generation of their clan of actors, Ryan entered the industry in 1989. He is known for his portrayals in the fantaserye "Lobo" (2008) and other television series. Geoff, his younger brother, started in 1992 as a member of the youth-oriented gag show "Ang TV." His first movie was "Batang X" in 1995. The youngest of the three, AJ, is known for "Pinakamamahal" (2006), "Click" (1999), and "Most Wanted" (2000).


Cherie Gil (b. 1963) is the youngest and only daughter of Eddie and Rosemarie. Her birthname is Evangeline Rose Eigenmann y Gil. She is most known for her antagonist roles and confrontation scenes, including the now-classic "You're nothing but a second-rate, trying hard copy cat!"


The middle child of the Eigenmann-Gil couple, Mark Gil (1961-2014), has the most number of "contributions" to the growing showbiz clan. Born Raphael John, he was often casted as main villain opposite Bong Revilla, Jr., Robin Padilla, Cesar Montano, and other action stars. He died of cirrhosis of the liver and was survived by his six kids.


His children--"Selda" actor Timothy (aka Sid Lucero) and Maxine--with his first wife, Bing Pimentel, became actors themselves. He is also the father of "Prinsesa ng Banyera" cast member Ira Eigenmann and singer-actor Gabby by actress Irene Celebre. "Agua Bendita" lead actress Andi (real name: Andrea Nicole) is Mark's daughter with actress Jaclyn Jose. Andi's daughter, Adrianna Gabrielle or "Ellie," is fast becoming a public persona herself. Mark married equestrienne and pre-school Maricar Jacinto in 1996 and had one child they fondly call Stevie.


The De Mesa-Eigenmann-Gil lineage is definitely a force to reckon with when it comes to acting and performing.