MANILA - The Eigenmanns are considered showbiz royalty not only for their award-worthy acting chops, but undeniable good looks.
Raphael, Cherie Gil's son, is no exception.
Gil, whose real name is Evangeline Cheryl Rose Eigenmann, is sister to similarly gifted thespians Michael de Mesa and the late Mark Gil. They are children of veteran film stars Eddie Mesa and Rosemarie Gil.
Raphael Rogoff is one of Cherie Gil's two children with Israeli violinst Rony Rogoff; the other one is Bianca, who is also based in the US. Gil's eldest son, Jay, with veteran actor Leo Martinez, is likewise abroad.
This makes Raphael, Bianca, and Jay cousins to TV stars Gabby Eigenmann, Sid Lucero, Maxine Eigenmann, and Andi Eigenmann, who are all children of Mark Gil. They're also cousins with Ryan, Geoff, and AJ Eigenmann, who are children of Michael de Mesa with actress Gina Alajar.
Unlike their relatives, the children of Cherie have largely kept out of the limelight, opting to work or study abroad instead.
Gil briefly spoke of her children in an interview on "Tonight With Boy Abunda" aired Monday. "They're my drive," she said. "They're the ones who have really proven to me what evolution is all about and becoming better than the past generation."
Jay Eigenmann, she said, is "now making a name" as a sound engineer in New York. Bianca, meanwhile, appears to be following in Gil's footsteps, as she is taking up drama as a major also abroad. This is in contrast to Raphael, who is a sophomore in New York University, studying global liberal studies, focusing on ethics, religion, and law.
Despite being away from the Philippines, Raphael has nonetheless captured the attention of showbiz fans. His recent trip to visit Gil, for instance, had netizens gushing over his movie-star looks.
In photos, here's why Raphael Rogoff is making fans swoon online: