A BLOCKBUSTER REUNION FOR MARK GIL  

PHOTO taken at the Cinema One awards night on Nov. 18, 2013, shows Gil with wife Maricar Eigenmann (left) and ex-wife Bing Pimentel. ARNOLD ALMACEN/INQUIRER FILE PHOTO
MANILA, Philippines — It was a star studded family reunion to say the least with a powerhouse cast that paid tribute to a loved one and respected fellow actor. Singer-actor Eddie Mesa (Eduardo Eigenmann in real life and who was known as the local Elvis Presley) and wife ‎and actress Rosemarie Gil, children and actors Michael de Mesa and Cherie Gil all came for Raphael Joseph Eigenmann, popularly known as Mark Gil, who died Monday and whose wake was open to the public Wednesday at the La Salle Greenhills in San Juan. Gil, 52, who succumbed to liver cirrhosis or liver cancer, was cremated at the Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig City Monday. He was diagnosed with the illness two years ago but decided not to make his condition public and continued his acting career. ‎The Eigenmanns were joined by Gil’s wife of 18 years, Maricar Jacinto-Eigenmann, and her stepsons and actors Gabby Eigenmann and Sid Lucero and stepdaughter Maxene Eigenmann. With Lucero was rumored girlfriend, actress Alessandra da Rossi. Michael de Mesa’s son, actor Geoff Eigenmann‎ was also present. Gil’s loved ones wept as his wife, wearing sunglasses and a black dress, walked up to his urn surrounded with orchids and family pictures and kissed it. Light music helped to soften the somber mood‎. *READ MORE...

ALSO: Mark Gil in his prime 

Photographer and production designer Cesar Hernando snapped Mark Gil in the actor’s prime (left), when they attended the Cannes International Film Festival in 1982 for Mike de Leon’s “Batch ’81.” The film was exhibited in the Directors’ Fortnight section with De Leon’s other movie, “Kisapmata.” Recalled Hernando, “Mark enjoyed that trip with Mike, cinematographer Rody Lacap and [‘Batch’ producer] Marichu Maceda, ‘Kisapmata’ actress Charo Santos and producer Simon Ongpin. Then Mike, Mark, Rody and I proceeded to Paris. Mark often said ‘Batch ’81’ was important to his career. ” Gil died on Monday due to liver cancer. He was 52. Sister Cherie Gil said family and friends would celebrate “the life and the man” at La Salle Green Hills Chapel today. Bayani San Diego Jr. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Those Flying Eigenmanns  

PHOTO: MARK Gil (left), Cherie Gil and Michael de Mesa with the clan’s newest member, Ruis Cael, Ryan’s son Facebook photo ---Filmmaker Peque Gallaga fondly calls actor-siblings Michael de Mesa and Mark and Cherie Gil, The Flying Eigenmanns. “Like the high-wire trapeze artist-family The Flying Wallendas, the Eigenmanns perform death-defying acrobatics in acting,” Gallaga told the Inquirer. “They are fearless.”  Mark, Cherie and Michael comprise the second generation of this esteemed act ing clan, often compared to Hollywood’s Barrymores. Mom is character actress Rosemarie Gil (whose filmography boasts classics like Celso Ad. Castillo’s “Burlesk Queen” and Eddie Romero’s “Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon”). Dad is singer-actor Eddie Mesa, “Elvis Presley of the Philippines” in the 1960s (Eigenmann is his real surname). Third generation --- The clan’s third generation—Mark’s children Gabby and Andi Eigenmann and Sid Lucero and Michael’s sons Ryan and Geoff Eigenmann—is making headway in the biz, too. Cherie’s daughter Bianca has shown a keen interest in acting as well. (Even the in-laws are award winners—Gina Alajar (Ryan and Geoff’s mom), Jaclyn Jose (Andi’s), Bing Pimentel (Sid’s).

Michael credited their parents for the clan’s prodigious talents. Eddie was underrated, Michael said. “He was a good actor, too.” Michael recently returned from the United States (where he, his parents and his son AJ are now based), to act in GMA 7’s afternoon soap, “Innamorata.” Like Cherie and Mark, Michael straddles the mainstream and indie scenes effortlessly. He may portray Ishmael Bernal in Chris Martinez’s planned biopic, and is committed to act in two plays this year: the musical “La Cage aux Folles” (Nine Works Productions) and the straight drama “The Little Foxes” with his siblings. It’s the first time they are sharing the stage. “We last acted together on RPN 9’s ‘Bisperas ng Kasaysayan’ in 1994,” Michael said. They appeared with Rosemarie and Gina in RPN 9’s 1991 series “Cebu,” megged by Gallaga.
“I’m looking forward to ‘Little Foxes’; it’ll be Mark’s first time onstage,” Michael said.*READ MORE...

ALSO: Actor Mark Gil ‘exits’ before dream play can open  

PHOTO taken at the Cinema One awards night on Nov. 18, 2013, shows Gil with wife Maricar Eigenmann (left) and ex-wife Bing Pimentel. ARNOLD ALMACEN/INQUIRER FILE PHOTO---
MANILA, Philippines–He never got to fulfill his dream to act in a play with his siblings.
Actor Mark Gil died at 8 a.m. Monday after a battle with liver cancer. He was 52.
Gil—Raphael John de Mesa Eigenmann—told the Inquirer in an interview early this year that one of his dreams was to top-bill a stage drama with his siblings and fellow award-winning actors Cherie Gil and Michael de Mesa. Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes,” which was supposed to be produced by sister Cherie, would have marked Gil’s stage debut. “Acting onstage is exciting and scary,” he said.

Gil was part of the respected clan of actors headed by parents Eddie Mesa and Rosemarie Gil. He was the father of equally acclaimed actors Gabby Eigenmann (with Irene Celebre), Tim (Sid Lucero) and Maxene Eigenmann (with Bing Pimentel) and Andi Eigenmann (with Jaclyn Jose). He married Maricar Jacinto-Eigenmann in 1995. He was last seen in the action film “Ang Bagong Dugo” and in the TV series “The Legal Wife” (on ABS-CBN) and “My Husband’s Lover (GMA 7).
He was best known for portraying fraternity neophyte Sid Lucero in Mike de Leon’s “Batch ’81.” His son Tim later adopted Sid Lucero as his screen name as a tribute to his dad. Recalled Pimentel: “When I was pregnant with Tim, Mark wasn’t doing well [in his career]. We had very few canned goods left at home. The freezer was empty. An old friend, a seaman, visited us. Mark asked me to cook everything in the cupboard to give his friend a warm welcome—even if we wouldn’t have anything to eat the following day. He had a generous heart.” *READ MORE...

ALSO: Emotional Eigenmann family gives statement on Mark Gil's death 

The family of actor Mark Gil gathered together on Monday hours after his death to face the media
and give an emotional statement about his passing. Born Raphael Joseph Eigenmann and known to his family and friends as Ralph, Mark succumbed to liver cancer early Monday morning after a two-year battle. His brother, actor Michael De Mesa, read the statement in behalf of rest of the family, who couldn't contain their emotions as the message was being delivered. The son of actors Eddie Mesa and Rosemarie Gil, Mark Gil was part of one of the most respected showbiz clans in the country. His sister Cherie Gil and brother Michael are also well-known character actors who have made numerous films. He is also the father of actors Gabby Eigenmann (with commercial model/actress Irene Celebre), Sid Lucero (with Bing Pimentel), and Andi Eigenmann (with actress Jaclyn Jose).— JST, GMA NewsTHIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Andi, Gabby, Maxine Eigenmann pay tribute to late father Mark Gil 

PHOTO: Andi Eigenmann with her father Mark Gil. (Photo from Andi's Facebook page) The children of the late actor Mark Gil, also known by his real name Ralph Eigenmann, who passed away Monday morning paid tribute to their father on several posts on Facebook and Twitter. On her official Facebook page, actress Andi Eigenmann uploaded several photos of her happy moments with her father and siblings Gabby, Maxine, Stevie and Timmy Eigenmann a.k.a. Sid Lucero. One photo of Andi and Mark was captioned, “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, But Love leaves a memory no one can steal” while another photo of them was taken in 2011 during the time when Andi was still pregnant. Screenshot of Andi Eigenmann's Facebook post. In that photo, Andi describes Mark as the “ ever supportive dad who stood up with her daughter on one of the biggest trials of her life.”  Andi’s child, who turned out to be a daughter she named Ellie, also had a photo with her grandfather on her mother’s FB page. On Twitter and Instagram, Andi as well as Mark’s son Gabby Eigenmann and daughter Maxine Eigenmann, who are also both in showbiz, tweeted messages of love for their father. In her tweet, Andi repeated what her uncle Michael de Mesa said about her father in his television interviews, “As long as Filipino films are being watched and appreciated, there will always be a Mark Gil.” VIEW MORE  FB PHOTOS....


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A blockbuster family reunion for Mark Gil


PHOTO taken at the Cinema One awards night on Nov. 18, 2013, shows Mark Gil with wife Maricar Eigenmann (left) and ex-wife Bing Pimentel. ARNOLD ALMACEN/INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 (INQUIRER) By Julliane Love de Jesus — It was a star studded family reunion to say the least with a powerhouse cast that paid tribute to a loved one and respected fellow actor.

Singer-actor Eddie Mesa (Eduardo Eigenmann in real life and who was known as the local Elvis Presley) and wife ‎and actress Rosemarie Gil, children and actors Michael de Mesa and Cherie Gil all came for Raphael Joseph Eigenmann, popularly known as Mark Gil, who died Monday and whose wake was open to the public Wednesday at the La Salle Greenhills in San Juan.

Gil, 52, who succumbed to liver cirrhosis or liver cancer, was cremated at the Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig City Monday. He was diagnosed with the illness two years ago but decided not to make his condition public and continued his acting career.

‎The Eigenmanns were joined by Gil’s wife of 18 years, Maricar Jacinto-Eigenmann, and her stepsons and actors Gabby Eigenmann and Sid Lucero and stepdaughter Maxene Eigenmann.

With Lucero was rumored girlfriend, actress Alessandra da Rossi.

Michael de Mesa’s son, actor Geoff Eigenmann‎ was also present.

Gil’s loved ones wept as his wife, wearing sunglasses and a black dress, walked up to his urn surrounded with orchids and family pictures and kissed it.

Light music helped to soften the somber mood‎.

* Before settling down with Jacinto, Gil was romantically involved with several actresses: Irene Celebre, mother of Gabby Eigenmann and Ira Celebre; Bing Pimentel, mother of Sid Lucero and Maxene Eigenmann; and Jacklyn Jose‎, mother of Andi Eigenmann.

Aside from family, friends of the actor from show business came:‎ Gretchen Barretto, Gary Lising, Jose Mari Chan, Lolit Solis, Maria Isabel Lopez, Melissa Mendez, and Tirso Cruz III.

Gil, whose wake will be until Thursday, is an alumnus of La Salle.

Legacy

Gil got his big break in show business in the early ‘80s through Mike de Leon’s now-classic opus, “Batch ‘81”, playing a young man caught in the whirlwind of fraternity rites. His character’s name was Sid Lucero. “Batch 81” was shown in the Cannes International Film Festival in 1982.

Among the more than 100 films he starred were “Magnifico,” “Pasan Ko ang Daigdig” and “Eskapo”.

In the indie film circuit, Gil’s collaboration with young director Ron Bryant earned him awards. In the 2006 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, Gil played a tabloid photojournalist trying to make sense of the chaos around him in Bryant’s entry titled “Rotonda”. Gil won the Best Actor Award in Gawad Urian.

In Bryant’s entry for Cinema One Originals in 2008 titled “Alon (Wave)”, Gil was co-winner of the Best Actor award, a tie with Ronnie Lazaro for his role in “Yanggaw”.

In recent years, Gil appeared in popular TV series “The Legal Wife,” “Magkaribal,” “100 Days to Heaven” and “My Husband’s Lover.”

In a written statement read by De Mesa on television, Gil’s legacy in the history of Philippine cinema or Philippine entertainment in general could be summed up with the thought that “…as long as Filipino films are being watched and appreciated, there will always be Mark Gil.”

Mark Gil in his prime Philippine Daily InquirerSeptember 3, 2014 | 3:28 am


Mark Gil. PHOTO COURTESY OF CESAR HERNANDO

Photographer and production designer Cesar Hernando snapped Mark Gil in the actor’s prime (left), when they attended the Cannes International Film Festival in 1982 for Mike de Leon’s “Batch ’81.” The film was exhibited in the Directors’ Fortnight section with De Leon’s other movie, “Kisapmata.”

Recalled Hernando, “Mark enjoyed that trip with Mike, cinematographer Rody Lacap and [‘Batch’ producer] Marichu Maceda, ‘Kisapmata’ actress Charo Santos and producer Simon Ongpin. Then Mike, Mark, Rody and I proceeded to Paris.

Mark often said ‘Batch ’81’ was important to his career. ” Gil died on Monday due to liver cancer. He was 52. Sister Cherie Gil said family and friends would celebrate “the life and the man” at La Salle Green Hills Chapel today. Bayani San Diego Jr.

Those Flying Eigenmanns By Bayani San Diego Jr. | Philippine Daily InquirerMarch 18, 2014 | 12:03 am

This acting dynasty’s secret to a great performance is really rather simple


MARK Gil (left), Cherie Gil and Michael de Mesa with the clan’s newest member, Ruis Cael, Ryan’s son Facebook photo

Filmmaker Peque Gallaga fondly calls actor-siblings Michael de Mesa and Mark and Cherie Gil, The Flying Eigenmanns.

“Like the high-wire trapeze artist-family The Flying Wallendas, the Eigenmanns perform death-defying acrobatics in acting,” Gallaga told the Inquirer. “They are fearless.”

Mark, Cherie and Michael comprise the second generation of this esteemed acting clan, often compared to Hollywood’s Barrymores.

Mom is character actress Rosemarie Gil (whose filmography boasts classics like Celso Ad. Castillo’s “Burlesk Queen” and Eddie Romero’s “Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon”). Dad is singer-actor Eddie Mesa, “Elvis Presley of the Philippines” in the 1960s (Eigenmann is his real surname).

Third generation

The clan’s third generation—Mark’s children Gabby and Andi Eigenmann and Sid Lucero and Michael’s sons Ryan and Geoff Eigenmann—is making headway in the biz, too. Cherie’s daughter Bianca has shown a keen interest in acting as well. (Even the in-laws are award winners—Gina Alajar (Ryan and Geoff’s mom), Jaclyn Jose (Andi’s), Bing Pimentel (Sid’s).

Michael credited their parents for the clan’s prodigious talents. Eddie was underrated, Michael said. “He was a good actor, too.” Michael recently returned from the United States (where he, his parents and his son AJ are now based), to act in GMA 7’s afternoon soap, “Innamorata.”

Like Cherie and Mark, Michael straddles the mainstream and indie scenes effortlessly. He may portray Ishmael Bernal in Chris Martinez’s planned biopic, and is committed to act in two plays this year: the musical “La Cage aux Folles” (Nine Works Productions) and the straight drama “The Little Foxes” with his siblings. It’s the first time they are sharing the stage.

“We last acted together on RPN 9’s ‘Bisperas ng Kasaysayan’ in 1994,” Michael said. They appeared with Rosemarie and Gina in RPN 9’s 1991 series “Cebu,” megged by Gallaga.

“I’m looking forward to ‘Little Foxes’; it’ll be Mark’s first time onstage,” Michael said.

* Pins and needles

“I have the same fears for this project, as for every play I do,” Cherie said, “but since I am collaborating with my brothers, I am sure the end result will be pure magic.”

Mark is on pins and needles. “Stage debut—it’s exciting and scary!” he said.

Cherie and Mark recently shared the screen in Gabby Fernandez’s indie film “Mana.” She described the “high” of acting with a family member: “It’s much more intense. ‘Mana’ was about complex family dynamics so it made the task of tapping personal truths much easier.”

She is currently portraying iconic Vogue editor Diana Vreeland in “Full Gallop” (Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza; last two dates March 21 and 23). “It’s important for me to keep acting,” she said. “I am attracted to good roles and great stories. But it is in theater that we find the best materials for women.”

Cherie has taken the bull by the horns, producing her own stage plays (“Full Gallop”) and movies (Gallaga’s well-received “Sonata”) for her company, My Own Mann Productions.

Michael has ventured into directing. (He did TV shows and movies in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Recently, he directed the Christmas episode of the GMA 7 drama anthology “Magpakailanman.”)

Acting gold

What is it about this clan that yields acting gold? Mark swears he never watched his parents’ old movies, not even to study their technique. “We never talked about work; we still don’t. It’s uncanny that we are known independently… we each went our own way.”

Do they pressure the younger generation to excel as well? “Not really,” Michael said. “I just advise them to love the craft because then, it will love you back.”

For the young ones, the family name is certainly more blessing than baggage. Geoff told the Inquirer: “Everyone expects a lot; I take that as a challenge, not something negative.”

Sid has won several acting trophies himself, but recalled pressure “in the beginning.” He related, “People tended to compare us with our elders. That’s why I didn’t use my real family name as screen name. It’s not a competition; we just want to do well on our own.” (That screen name is a tribute to his dad just the same: It’s the name of Mark’s character in the movie “Batch ’81.”)

Sid, who last appeared in the GMA 7 shows “Magkano Ba ang Pag-Ibig” and “Katipunan,” makes it a point to act in indie movies like Lav Diaz’s four-hour epic, “Norte.”

Geoff is more identified with mainstream projects like GMA 7’s “Adarna,” but would like to do indie films again. He did cameos in Sigfried Barros-Sanchez’s “Mga Anak ni Brocka” and Joel Ruiz’s “Baby Angelo.” “I enjoyed doing those,” he said. “In ‘Baby Angelo,’ I played a stoner… it fit me to a T!”

That’s what sets the Eigenmanns apart, Sid noted. “We are not afraid of becoming the characters we play.” It’s all about honesty, dad Mark agreed, and gave pieces of advice to the third generation: “Be professional. Hone your craft. Keep your feet on the ground. Aim for longevity.”

Gallaga captured the Eigenmanns’ acting secret succinctly: “It’s a total state of being, an instinct for behavioral truth. They have an ability to understand character and be swallowed up by it. It’s an utter disregard for being beautiful, cool or sexy. It’s genetic.” (E-mail bayanisandiegojr@gmail.com)

Actor Mark Gil ‘exits’ before dream play can open By Bayani San Diego Jr. | Philippine Daily InquirerSeptember 2, 2014 | 6:53 am


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MANILA, Philippines–He never got to fulfill his dream to act in a play with his siblings.

Actor Mark Gil died at 8 a.m. Monday after a battle with liver cancer. He was 52.

Gil—Raphael John de Mesa Eigenmann—told the Inquirer in an interview early this year that one of his dreams was to top-bill a stage drama with his siblings and fellow award-winning actors Cherie Gil and Michael de Mesa.

Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes,” which was supposed to be produced by sister Cherie, would have marked Gil’s stage debut.

“Acting onstage is exciting and scary,” he said.

Gil was part of the respected clan of actors headed by parents Eddie Mesa and Rosemarie Gil.

He was the father of equally acclaimed actors Gabby Eigenmann (with Irene Celebre), Tim (Sid Lucero) and Maxene Eigenmann (with Bing Pimentel) and Andi Eigenmann (with Jaclyn Jose).

He married Maricar Jacinto-Eigenmann in 1995.

He was last seen in the action film “Ang Bagong Dugo” and in the TV series “The Legal Wife” (on ABS-CBN) and “My Husband’s Lover (GMA 7).

He was best known for portraying fraternity neophyte Sid Lucero in Mike de Leon’s “Batch ’81.” His son Tim later adopted Sid Lucero as his screen name as a tribute to his dad.

Recalled Pimentel: “When I was pregnant with Tim, Mark wasn’t doing well [in his career]. We had very few canned goods left at home. The freezer was empty. An old friend, a seaman, visited us. Mark asked me to cook everything in the cupboard to give his friend a warm welcome—even if we wouldn’t have anything to eat the following day. He had a generous heart.”

* At the “Bagong Dugo” press conference a few months back, Gil said: “I did a lot of action films in the 1990s. In the past, I used to play the assistant of mob boss [the late] Subas Herrero who would often slap me… Now I play the crime lord and I get to slap my minions.”

His manager June Rufino said wake and interment details had not been finalized at press time.

Colleagues expressed admiration for Gil.

Filmmaker Peque Gallaga, who directed the Eigenmanns in the 1980s TV series “Cebu,” described Gil as “a consummate artist who had the gift of infusing human attributes to different characters—very much like himself in real life. He was gentle, tender, violent and explosive; funny, self-deprecating and terrifying. He projected intelligence, street smarts and cluelessness. He was a loving and generous actor, my son, friend.”

Complex yet delightful

Gil Portes, who directed Gil in the Vilma Santos-starrer “Miss X” in 1980, said: “Mark was a complex actor but a delight to work with. He consistently displayed excellence as an actor.”

Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos recalled: “He was a great actor and very flexible as we shot ‘Miss X’ in Amsterdam.”

Filmmaker Joel Lamangan, who directed Gil in numerous movies such as “Ngayon at Kailanman” in 1992, agreed: “He gave his best in every role. He was an intelligent interpreter of different characters. The film industry will never be the same again without Mark.”

Actress Sharon Cuneta, who costarred with Gil in “Pasan Ko ang Daigdig” and “Ngayon at Kailanman,” said: “He was very talented. I never had problems with him on the set.”

Indie filmmaker Adolfo Alix Jr. recounted that Gil was “very accommodating and accepted a small role in the 2006 Cinemalaya entry ‘Donsol’ because it was the launching film of his son Sid.”

“He was one of Philippine cinema’s best. He was always a committed coworker but never forgot to joke around on the set,” Alix said.

Said director Elwood Perez: “I forgot to get a fight instructor on the set of ‘Stepsisters,’ but Mark’s timing and prodigious talent saved the day.”

Another indie filmmaker, Benji Garcia, who directed Gil in his last critically lauded film “Philippino Story” last year, said: “He inhabited every role that was assigned to him with all his humanity. He was kind and giving. I will miss him.”

Passionate coworker

Actor Gardo Versoza called Gil “a true friend and a passionate coworker. As an actor, he was sensitive and intense.”

Another frequent costar Ronnie Lazaro said: “He was dedicated to his craft. I will miss his presence and energy.”

Production designer and filmmaker Cesar Hernando, who worked with Gil in “Batch ’81,” recalled: “He was in the same league as [the late] Vic Silayan and Jay Ilagan. Very professional.”

Singer Moy Ortiz of the vocal group The CompanY got to work with Gil in a TV production of “Camelot” in 1987. “He was Lancelot to Zsa Zsa Padilla’s Guinevere. He was effective because he ‘acted’ out his songs.”

Years later, Ortiz bumped into Gil in a hotel lobby. “I thought he wouldn’t remember me… but he did. Despite his stature, talent and good looks, he remained grounded and approachable,” said Ortiz.

Son Gabby Eigenmann posted on Instagram Monday: “Thank you for all that you have done for me and the family. Thank you for the legacy you have left behind. You will forever be in our hearts. Till we meet again.”

In one of his last interviews, Gil told the Inquirer: “To be a good actor, you have to be truthful. First and foremost, you have to be professional. Given the pros and cons of the business, it’s best to hone your craft and take it seriously. Don’t be blinded by fame… and aim for longevity.”

FROM ABS-CBN

Mark Gil wanted cancer kept secret ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 09/01/2014 5:03 PM | Updated as of 09/02/2014 11:25 AM


Mark Gil in a scene from his last film 'Mana' directed by Gabby Fernandez

MANILA - Mark Gil was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2012, his family said in a more detailed statement on his passing on Monday.

Born Raphael John de Mesa Eigenmann, Gil had wanted to keep his condition a secret, even as he found out in June this year that his cancer was terminal.

"It was Ralph’s request that this should not be revealed, and we did not question his decision," the statement read. "To those who have asked us about his condition, especially his colleagues, the press and fans, we apologize for not being forthright, but we also ask for understanding."

The veteran actor, who would have been 53 on September 25, is survived by his wife, Maricar, and their daughter Stephanie Cheri, and five other children from three previous relationships.

"It is with much sorrow that we announce that he passed away this morning at exactly 8 a.m.," the statement read. "He died peacefully in his sleep in the arms of his wife, Maricar, and surrounded by family."

The Eigenmann family added: "Ralph spent his last days in comfort and in no pain. In fact, he was in good spirits and humor, and enjoying the presence of his entire family. Even then, he was still bringing us together, as he always has, and we are now all complete."

"Until the very end, he was a warrior. Ralph faced death with courage and grace, while still bringing laughter to the room. That was his gift: the ability to make those around him better."

"Ralph had told us that he only wanted to spend and cherish the remaining precious days of his life in the company of his family and closest friends. He also wished that we be allowed to grieve his passing in private."

The family requested that they be given time to mourn privately.

"Please allow us this time as well to remember Ralph: husband, son, brother, father and grandfather," the statement read.

They thanked those who have expressed support for Gil in the past weeks and for the "outpouring of love for Ralph that we've received on his behalf," following the news of his passing.

An event celebrating the life and work of Gil will be held on Wednesday, starting at 10 a.m., at the La Salle Greenhills chapel.

"But for now we would like to assure everyone that as long as Filipino films are being watched and appreciated, there will always be Mark Gil," the statement read.

"To quote a line from 'Batch '81,' one of the many movies he made his own, and characteristic of Ralph himself: 'Sa simula't katapusan ay kapatiran.'"

GMA NEWS NETWORK

Emotional Eigenmann family gives statement on Mark Gil's death September 1, 2014 9:38pm

The family of actor Mark Gil gathered together on Monday hours after his death to face the media and give an emotional statement about his passing.

Born Raphael Joseph Eigenmann and known to his family and friends as Ralph, Mark succumbed to liver cancer early Monday morning after a two-year battle.

His brother, actor Michael De Mesa, read the statement in behalf of rest of the family, who couldn't contain their emotions as the message was being delivered.

The son of actors Eddie Mesa and Rosemarie Gil, Mark Gil was part of one of the most respected showbiz clans in the country. His sister Cherie Gil and brother Michael are also well-known character actors who have made numerous films.

He is also the father of actors Gabby Eigenmann (with commercial model/actress Irene Celebre), Sid Lucero (with Bing Pimentel), and Andi Eigenmann (with actress Jaclyn Jose).— JST, GMA News

FROM INTERAKSYON.COM

Andi, Gabby, Maxine Eigenmann pay tribute to late father Mark Gil By Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon.com  September 2, 2014 · 9:49 am


Andi Eigenmann with her father Mark Gil. (Photo from Andi's Facebook page)

The children of the late actor Mark Gil, also known by his real name Ralph Eigenmann, who passed away Monday morning paid tribute to their father on several posts on Facebook and Twitter.

On her official Facebook page, actress Andi Eigenmann uploaded several photos of her happy moments with her father and siblings Gabby, Maxine, Stevie and Timmy Eigenmann a.k.a. Sid Lucero.

One photo of Andi and Mark was captioned, “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, But Love leaves a memory no one can steal” while another photo of them was taken in 2011 during the time when Andi was still pregnant.


Screenshot of Andi Eigenmann's Facebook post.

In that photo, Andi describes Mark as the “ ever supportive dad who stood up with her daughter on one of the biggest trials of her life.”

Andi’s child, who turned out to be a daughter she named Ellie, also had a photo with her grandfather on her mother’s FB page.

On Twitter and Instagram, Andi as well as Mark’s son Gabby Eigenmann and daughter Maxine Eigenmann, who are also both in showbiz, tweeted messages of love for their father. (TWEET TRIBUTES BELOW)

In her tweet, Andi repeated what her uncle Michael de Mesa said about her father in his television interviews, “As long as Filipino films are being watched and appreciated, there will always be a Mark Gil.”

* Gabby’s Instagram message in full reads: “…And so you held my hand in yours, just like you did when I was young . But then you held it to your heart just as you slowly slipped away. Today I said goodbye to you Dad. I said the last I love you that you would hear. Fly free with the Lord, fly free without pain. No worries, no problems, just love. Thank you for everything you have done for me and the family. Thank you for the legacy you have left behind. You will be forever in our hearts, till we meet again…”

One of Maxine’s messages shows her new tattoo which she got only three days before her dad passed away as per this suggestion of her sister, Stevie, “My little sister, @stevieeigz came up with the unique idea of getting a tattoo of the sound waves of dad’s voice saying “I love you”. Got this last Friday. I LOVE YOU TOO DADDY FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER AND EVER AND EVER. @ralpheigenmann”

Another Instagram post by Maxine was a poster for a screening of Mike de Leon’s “Batch ‘81” last Monday night at Route 196 in Katipunan, Quezon City. In the film, Mark Gil plays the iconic role of fraternity neophyte Sid Lucero.

In honor of his father, son Timmy Eigenmann later adopted the stage name of Sid Lucero which he has since been known in his movies, including his latest, “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan”, scheduled to open in theaters this September 10.

Lucero has not posted anything on his social media pages since his father passed away last Monday after a two-year battle with liver cancer. As recently as last month, he denied to media that his father had cancer out of respect for the latter’s wish to keep his illness a secret.

Andi, Gabby, Maxine Eigenmann pay tribute to late father Mark Gil

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My little sister, @stevieeigengirl came up with the unique idea of getting a tattoo of the sound waves… http://instagram.com/p/saC3Jqh33m/

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I love you, Daddy! ❤️ ralpheigenmann #CANNES1982 http://instagram.com/p/sZM6I6h34V/

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Remember. Honor. WATCH. Tomorrow night @ Route 196 thanks for this Rock Ed! #MarkGil http://instagram.com/p/sW2KNTh381/

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