Cherie Gil Biography – Career & Life Story of La Primera Contravida



Here’s a quick look at Cherie Gil Biography and some of the most iconic films she did in her career.

CHERIE GIL BIOGRAPHY – Take a look back at some of the life and career highlights of the late award-winning actress Cherie Gil.

Among the brightest and best actresses in the country’s entertainment industry is Evangeline Rose Gil Eigenmann or more popularly known as Cherie Gil, also known as the “La Primera Contravida”. She might be the one who would always play the antagonist role that really gets into our nerves but in real life, she’s one of the kindest and the most admired.

Many can attest to her acting prowess and she has done so many contributions to the entertainment and film industry of the country. Her career spanned 50 years and she is also known as the  “quintessential kontrabida” in Philippine cinema.

Some of her achievements as an actress were:

  • FAMAS awardee
  • Ani ng Dangal (Harvest of Honor) award by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) recipient
  • Metro Manila Film Festival Hall Of Famer in the Best Supporting Actress category
  • Best Actress in ASEAN International Film Awards
  • Best Lead Actress in a Foreign Language Film in 2015 Madrid International Film Festival
  • Gawad Urian Best Supporting Actress awardee in 2019

And of all the roles that she portrayed, the one that really left a mark is her Lavinia Arguelles role in Bituing Walang Ningning where she famed the line “You’re nothing but a second-rate, trying hard copycat!”

She is the daughter of Filipino singer-actors Eddie Mesa and Rosemarie Gil.

See some of the movies she did below:

  • Gabi Ng Lagim Ngayon
  • Manila By Night
  • Puga
  • Deadly Brothers
  • Oro, Plata, Mata
  • Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan
  • Sana, Bukas Pa ang Kahapon
  • Sa Hirap At Ginhawa
  • Bagets 2
  • Kailan Sasabihing Mahal Kita?
  • Bituing Walang Ningning
  • God, Save Me!
  • Palimos ng Pag-ibig
  • Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas
  • Jack & Jill
  • Rosenda
  • Kahit Wala Ka Na
  • Nagsimula sa Puso
  • Ngayon at Kailanman
  • Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga
  • Ika-13 Kapitulo
  • Sugatang Puso
  • My First Romance
  • A Moment in Time
  • Ekstra
  • A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery
  • Just a Stranger

And the list goes on to the movies that she has starred in. The first film she did where she was the lead star was Bubot na Bayabas in 1978. She also appeared in various television series and programs on ABS-CBN and GMA Network.

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