5 essential Mark Gil movies

Posted at 09/01/14 1:47 PM

MANILA – Veteran actor Mark Gil passed away on Monday (September 1) at the age of 52 due to liver cirrhosis.

During his 30-year career, Gil left behind a number of memorable films which earned him awards and a steady stream of fans and supporters.

As Filipinos across the globe mourn his death, we take a look at five of Gil’s iconic movies:

Batch 81 (1982)

Directed by Mike de Leon, “Batch 81” stars Gil as Sid Lucero, who witnesses the torture of fellow students by members of a college fraternity they joined in.

The movie won several awards and was acclaimed by international critics. Gil’s son, Tim Eigenmann, went on to adopt Sid Lucero as his screen name when he joined local show business.

Palipat-lipat, Papalit-palit

A Lino Brocka film, “Palipat-lipat, Papalit-palit” is a movie replete with lessons in life, love and marriage. Gil won a Best Supporting Actor Award from the Gawad Urian for this movie starring Christopher de Leon and Dina Bonnevie.

Magnifico (2003)

Directed by Maryo J. De Los Reyes, “Magnifico” stars Jiro Manio, Lorna Tolentino, Albert Martinez and Gloria Romero.

Gil bagged the Best Supporting Actor Award at FAMAS for his role as the bus driver Domeng in “Magnifico”, which has gained acclaim from local award-giving bodies and in major international film festivals.

Rotonda (2006)

This movie by director Ron Bryant tells the story of a troubled tabloid reporter named Abner, which is portrayed by Gil.

Gil won the Best Actor Award at the Gawad Urian for his role in “Rotonda,” which also stars Shamaine Buencamino, Celso Ad. Castillo and Soliman Cruz.

Alon (2008)

An indie romance movie from the Cinema One Originals movie festival, “Alon” stars Gil, Eula Valdez and young actress Charee Pineda.

Gil won the Best Actor Award at the Cinema One Originals festival for his role in “Alon” as Fiel, a lonesome middle-aged man.