MANILA - Award-winning actress Lilia Cuntapay is appealing for help to pay for her medical bills after a spinal cord problem left her unable to walk, let alone work.
"Sa mga concerned citizens diyan, like yung mga directors ko, mga co-workers ko, wala na ako sa showbiz dahil may sakit ako," Cuntapay, 81, in a video posted on Facebook, said. "Kung mahal ninyo pa ako, any help will be appreciated."
Cuntapay is currently in the care of her son in Pinili, Ilocos Norte, according to the Task Force Lingkod Cagayan (TFLC) of the provincial government of Cagayan. The actress was staying in Gonzaga, but was brought back to her Ilocos Norte home as per her request.
The TFLC, an emergency and rapid response team, said that Cuntapay is in need of immediate medical attention, adding that the so-called "Queen of Philippine Horror Movies" has been unable to walk since July 5, when she first started to feel back pain.
Cuntapay got her big acting break in 1991 on the very first "Shake, Rattle and Roll" film, where she worked as a talent coordinator. She went on to appear in over 70 other horror films and shows, including other "Shake, Rattle and Roll" movies, "Okatokat" and "Wansapanataym."
She won the Best Actress award for portraying herself in the mockumentary "Six Degrees of Separation From Lilia Cuntapay" at the 2011 Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival. The indie movie was directed by Antoinette Jadaone.