TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – The so-called Queen of Philippine Horror Movies Lilia Cuntapay is appealing for help from her showbiz colleagues for her medication.
The 81-year-old Lilia was brought from Gonzaga, Cagayan to Pinili, Ilocos Norte on Thursday, August 4 by the Task Force Lingkod Cagayan (TLFC) of the provincial government of Cagayan.
She said she was supposedly brought to Laoag City for her treatment but in the meantime, was brought to her son's house in Pinili because they have yet to raise enough money.
In a video posted by the provincial information office, Lilia asked for help, saying she could no longer work for her medication.
"Sa mga concerned citizens diyan, like yung mga directors ko, mga co-workers ko, wala na ako showbiz dahil may sakit ako," Lilia said.
(To the concerned citizens like my directors and co-workers, I am no longer in the showbiz industry because I am sick.)
"Kung mahal n'yo pa ako (If you still love me), any help will be appreciated," she added.
Relatives of Lilia in Gonzaga said that she is suffering from a spinal cord illness and could no longer walk.
They said that she particularly appealed to former co-workers Vice Ganda and Coco Martin, as well as her former talent managers.
The TLFC, a team created by Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba, learned that the actress started feeling pain in her back since July 5 and could no longer stand since then.
They said that Lilia's condition needs immediate medical attention.
The film industry icon was born on January 3, 1935, in Cabiraoan village in Gonzaga.
She taught in primary schools in Tuguegarao before engaging in a buy-and-sell business – and later on, working at the National Police Commission (Napolcom).
Lilia Cuntapay often played bit roles like witches, ghosts, or aswangs in several classic Filipino horror movies and TV series throughout the '80s, '90s, and early 2000s.
In one of her most iconic roles, she starred as the nanny of Kris Aquino's character in Shake Rattle and Roll 3.
In 2011, she won the Best Actress trophy in the Cinema One Originals Film Festival for Antoinette Jadaone's Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay.
Antoinette posted details as to how the public can help Lilia through her niece:
CORRECTION: Account name is JENELMA CUNTAPAY DAET pic.twitter.com/F0CQeUZNVL — Tonette, Tonette (@tonetjadaone) August 5, 2016