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
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
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
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.