Family tree: Mark Gil and the celebrity Eigenmanns
MANILA -- Well before and after Mark Gil's career upswing in the '80s, several of his family members similarly established careers as film and TV stars, making the Eigenmanns one of the most famous clans in local showbiz.
Gil, born Raphael in 1961, passed away on Monday morning due to liver cancer, according to his family in a statement.
He was the second child of actress Rosemarie Gil and singer Eddie Mesa, dubbed the "Elvis Presley of the Philippines," and brother to fellow screen veterans Michael de Mesa and Cherie Gil.
Of Mark Gil's six children from four relationships, four entered showbiz -- Gabby, his son with Irene Celebre; Timothy Mark (Sid Lucero) and Maxine, both children with Bing Pimentel; and Andrea (Andi), his only child with Jaclyn Jose.
His nephews -- Ryan, Geoff, and AJ -- likewise got into acting. The three are Michael de Mesa's kids with film star Gina Alajar.
Here's a look at the Eigenmann family tree, which includes members who opted not to pursue showbiz, and Mark Gil's grand children who may well become the clan's next-generation celebrities.