Serna: Show biz mourns Mark Gil’s death

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By Roger Serna

Sounds and images

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Local show business mourns the passing away of one of its treasured possessions, the award-winning actor Mark Gil (Raphael Joseph de Mesa Eigenmann in real life). Although he was diagnosed with the Big C of the liver two years ago, the illness came to its terminal stage only last June.

It was Mark’s wish to keep his condition from the public. Now I understand why his son Sid Lucero (Timothy Eigenmann in real life) vehemently denied the rumors in an earlier interview.

Mark’s show biz life was not only marked by sterling performances, the last of which was the top rating TV series, The Legal Wife, he also sired offspring who, at their young age, had shown that they are indeed chips of the old block.


Although he played mostly strong characters onscreen, Mark was gentle in person. The Cebu media witnessed this in a press conference of a movie not too long ago and was even surprised as he spoke fluent Cebuano, while revealing that he actually spent some years in Cebu before.

Aside from Sid (the screen name, by the way, was the name of the character Mark played in the award-winning movie Batch ’81), Mark’s children who are in show biz are Gabby, Maxine and Andi Eigenmann. May Mark’s soul rest in peace.


It’s going to be another star-studded weekend as the stars of the horror film Maria, Leonora, Teresa of Star Cinema visit Cebu for a promo tour of the movie.

The movie’s lead stars, Jodi Sta. Maria and Zanjoe Marudo will meet their fans at SM City Cebu according to promo diva Josie Pereyra of JSP Ads & Promo.

Directed by Wenn Deramas, Maria, Leonora, Teresa also stars Iza Calzado in a significant role. Keep posted.


The first time I tasted J.CO donuts was in Manila not too long ago when the corporate communications people of GMA 7 brought us to Manila for the launching of a new program.

Being just an occasional sweet tooth (is there such a thing?), I marveled at the not-so-sweet taste of the snack items. Then last Monday, a day before the grand opening of the donut branches in both Ayala Center Cebu and SM City Cebu, members of the Cebu media had their fill of the many flavors available (29 all in all, if my optic nerves didn’t fail me from a distance).

Aside from the mouthwatering qualities of the flavors and the eye-catching presentation and colors, the donuts also have “quirky” names. Hot and cold beverages of almost the same number of choices are available.

In the grand opening day, 50 early birds were reportedly treated to free donuts, the three earliest of which had as much as a dozen per month for a year. Can you beat that?


Circus and acrobatic acts never fail to amaze and fascinate me ever since I was still in grade school. The death- and gravity-defying stunts always make my jaw drop in disbelief and awe.

Expect me to be among those who will line up for The Great Chinese Circus come Sept. 20 (a Saturday) at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino Pacific grand ballroom.

There are two schedules: matinee at 3:30 p.m. and gala at 7:30 p.m. For sure, I’ll be in my nga-nga (open-mouthed) mode while watching. Hopefully, there will be no paparazzi around. Feeling like a celebrity? Ha, ha!


The Capitol Muzikmakers, the provincial Capitol’s newly formed music group, has its hands full this early. After its debut during the 445th founding anniversary of the province, the group has so far made at least three major (major daw o!) appearances.

The group is composed of Winston Caminero (keyboard), Rusty John Abello (drums), Bryan Tumimbang (percussions and drums), Ronie Maglinte (bass guitar), Joseph Densing (lead guitar), Franklin Zamora (rhythm guitar) and vocalists Grace Galenzoga, Nanette Dilao, Maritess Go, Freendel Quezon, Adones Bendijo and Roger Serna (sounds familiar?).

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 05, 2014.


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