- Movie industry icon Lilia Cuntapay died at 81 on Saturday
- Dubbed as the Queen of Philippine Horror Movies, Cuntapay often played the roles of ghosts, witches, fairies and local herbalists in classic Filipino films and TV series
- The actress was reported to have suffered from a spinal cord illness in August this year
Known as the Philippines' Queen of Horror Movies, Lilia Cuntapay has passed away on Saturday, August 20.
The character actress renowned for her work in various horror films died at the age of 81.
In a report made by ABS-CBN News, Cuntapay's granddaughter Elma Cuntapay-Daet confirmed that the actress passed away around 6am today at the home of her son Gilmore Cuntapay in Pinili, Ilocos Norte.
Before she entered the limelight, Cuntapay first worked as a teacher in Tuguegarao. She ventured into a buy-and-sell business afterward.
Born on January 3, 1935, the country's movie icon started her acting career as an "extra" while working at the National Police Commission (Napolcom). She retired from the office at the age of 40 and pushed through with her passion in acting.
In 1991, she had one of her most iconic roles as Kris Aquino's nanny in Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes' film Shake Rattle and Roll 3. She played as an old aswang, a Philippine mythical creature derived from the Sanskrit word Asura which means demon, in Gallaga and Reyes' "Aswang" a year later.
Lilia Cuntapay won Best Actress in Cinema One Originals Film Festival in 2011 with her exceptional role in Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay directed by Antoinette Jadaone.
She often appeared in Pinoy television series and classic horror films from the 1980s to early 2000s as ghosts, aswangs, witches, and mostly as a white lady.
It can be recalled that earlier this August, the actress was suffering from a spinal cord indisposition and has appealed to her colleagues in the industry for help. Cuntapay could no longer walk because of her condition and stopped working, too. - Kami Media