Michael de Mesa: Family coping with death of Mark Gil

Michael de Mesa: Family coping with death of Mark Gil

Manman Dejeto

Plus, Mark's family members post tributes to the late, great actor on social media, one year after his death

MANILA, Philippines – A year on, actor Michael de Mesa said that he and his family are still coping with the death of his brother, the late Mark Gil. (READ: Mark Gil: A pro until the end

At the press conference for Michael’s new show, Destiny Rose, he said, “It’s still hard, specially in my case, personally, I haven’t really accepted the fact that he’s gone. We’re (the family) all coping.” (READ: Mark Gil and his many roles, from neophyte to benefactor

Michael added that Mark, who was a prominent figure in the industry, will always be remembered through his work. “As long as there are Filipino films, there will always be Mark Gil,” said Michael.

Mark, who was known for iconic work in the movie Batch 81 as well as many roles in his decades-long career, died on September 1, 2014 after suffering from liver cancer. He was 52 years old.

Mark’s sister, actress Cherie Gil, posted a tribute on Facebook:

Missing you Ralph. Today marks your first year in eternal peace and repose yet I have always known and felt your…

Posted by Cherie Gil Eigenmann on Monday, August 31, 2015


Mark’s children, some of whom are following their father’s footsteps in showbiz, remembered their dad on social media last week. 


Miss you Dad….

A photo posted by gabbyeigenmann (@gabbyeigenmann) on


Max had two posts for her dad, one of which was a picture of Mark without his characteristic mustache.



Michael told The Philippine Star that their family had a get-together on Mark’s death anniversary, and will have another one on Mark’s birthday, September 25. 

Has it been a year?? We miss you dad.. Mmmmmmwah!!!

A photo posted by @sidlucero on


Michael is set to star in Destiny Rose, a show about a transgender woman, played by Ken Chan. – with reports from Alexa Villano/Rappler.com

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