Lilia Cuntapay

Lilia Cuntapay (September 16, 1935[1][2] – August 20, 2016) was a Filipina actress and former teacher whose debut role was in the Filipino horror film series Shake Rattle & Roll in 1991. Thereafter, she was dubbed the "Queen of Philippine Horror Movies" due to her roles in many subsequent horror films.[3] She found acclaim for her first leading role, in the film Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay, which won her an award as Best Actress in the 2011 CinemaOne Originals Digital Film Festival. One of Cuntapay's final TV appearances was in the teleserye FPJ's Ang Probinsyano.

Lilia Cuntapay
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BornSeptember 16, 1935
DiedAugust 20, 2016(2016-08-20) (aged 80)
OccupationActress, teacher
Years active1986–2016
Notable work
Shake Rattle & Roll
Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay

Early lifeEdit

Cuntapay was born in the Cabiraoan village of Gonzaga, Cagayan, on September 16, 1935.[4] After she earned her BS degree in Education,[5] she taught in the primary school levels in Tuguegarao.[5][6] After Cuntapay stopped teaching, she ventured into the buy-and-sell trade.[7] She also worked in various office staff-level positions in the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM).[5][7]


Horror movie extraEdit

Cuntapay was among the 40 actors trained in the first batch of acting workshops conducted by Lori Reyes and Peque Gallaga for LVN Pictures.[5]

In 1991, Cuntapay played the spooky nanny of Kris Aquino's character in Shake Rattle & Roll 3,[8] and in the following year she was cast to play a character identified as an "aswang" —a role for which she would later be typecast in many subsequent movie appearances,[7] and these earned her the title "Queen of Philippine Horror Movies." After her death a film critic, who assessed the top five performancess of Cuntapay's career, said that in her role for the 1992 film Aswang :

Cuntapay was casted as the neighbor thought to be the aswang terrorizing the barrio. This is the start of the flood of horror movie offers.[9]

Television appearancesEdit

In 2009, Cuntapay appeared as an albularyo in the ABS-CBN afternoon TV series Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Bud Brothers. She was featured in the Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho 2009 Halloween Special.[10] She appeared as Rosanna, a role which she shared with Maricar Reyes, in the Midnight DJ episode named "Kwentas ng Mangkukulam". Cuntapay was also cast as Miley Cyrus in Lokomoko High's spoof of the Party in the USA music video. At the end of the year, she had a minor role in the film Nobody, Nobody But... Juan[11] — an entry to the 2009 Metro Manila Film Festival.[12]

In 2010, Cuntapay played an old lady in The Last Prince and a fairy disguised as an old lady in the "Inday Bote" episode of Wansapanataym. The following year, she played Upeng in the mini-series Sa Ngalan ng Ina, the first offering of TV5's TV5 Miniserye series in the latter part of 2011.

Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay and onwardsEdit

Cuntapay played a fictionalized version of herself in the independent mockumentary Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay—described as a bittersweet fictional account on Cuntapay's life as a Philippine showbiz extra,[13] an entry to the 2011 Cinema One Originals and directed by Antoinette H. Jadaone.[14] The film won six awards in the 2011 Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival, including a Best Actress award for Cuntapay.[15]

Cuntapay's last film appearance was My Bebe Love in 2015,[16] which was an entry in the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival.[17] Cuntapay's final TV show appearance was in the action series FPJ's Ang Probinsyano.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Cuntapay never remarried but adopted 3 children: Gilmore, Magdalena and Elma.[18]


On August 5, 2016, it was confirmed that Cuntapay suffered from a spinal cord illness and that she was unable to walk. She sought help from her friends and colleagues in the film industry to be able to raise money for her treatment. On August 20, at about 6 a.m, Cuntapay died in her son's home at Barangay Tartarabang in Pinili, Ilocos Norte; she was 80.[1][2] Her grave was initially unkempt and marked only by a dilapidated tarpaulin due to her family's lack of funds to maintain it. On Oct. 2019, it was subsequently reported that her grave had been properly marked and its surroundings cleaned after help from the provincial and local government.[19]



Year Title Role Notes Source
1995 Maalaala Mo Kaya Episode: "Balon" [20]
2009 Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Bud Brothers Tandang Casimsiman Tioleko Uncredited
2009 Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Herself Episode: "Halloween Stars, Late Celebrities, and Death and Tradition" [10]
2009 Midnight DJ Rosanna Guest, Episode: "Kwentas ng Mangkukulam"
2009 Inang "Inang" Guest, Episode: "Kainin Mo Ang Burat Ko"
2009 Lokomoko High Miley Cyrus Guest, "LBM" segment, "Party in the USA" spoof
2010 The Last Prince Old lady Guest, 1 episode. Role is patterned after the old hag in Snow White. [11]
2010 Wansapanataym Old lady/Fairy Episode: "Inday Bote" (Parts 1 & 2)
2011 Spooky Nights Old lady Guest, Episode: "Snow White Lady and the Seven Ghost"
2011 Maalaala Mo Kaya Albularyo Episode: Wig
2011 Captain Barbell Ang Pagbabalik Faustina Guest, 2 episodes
2011 TV5 Miniserye: Sa Ngalan ng Ina Yaya Upeng
2011 Tunay na Buhay Herself
2011 Spooky Nights Maria Episode: "Panata"
2012 Wansapanataym Old Lady Episode: "Water Willy"
2012 Felina: Prinsesa ng mga Pusa Madam Lucilla
2012 It's Showtime Herself Guest, 1 episode
2012 Luv U Old Ms Casimsiman Guest, 1 episode
2012 Third Eye Ursula Episode: "Sirena sa Breakwater"
2012 Artista Academy Herself - Challenger
2012 TodaMax White Lady
2012 Enchanted Garden Oracula [21]
2013 Juan dela Cruz Babaylan [22][23]
2013 Cassandra: Warrior Angel Aling Ursula
2013 Maynila Lola Chedeng Episode: "Haunted House for Love"
2013 Got to Believe Yaya Yiling
2014 Forevermore Aunor [24]
2016 Juan Tamad Caretaker [25]
2016 Sāq Al-bāmbū [26][27]
2016 FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Aling Loring Layug Last television appearance [6]


Year Title Role Notes Source
1986 ...Sabik Kasalanan Ba? Aling Berta Uncredited
1991 Shake, Rattle & Roll III Yaya Segment: "Yaya" [8][28]
1992 Aswang Old Aswang [9][17]
1992 Shake, Rattle & Roll IV Aling Iya Segment: "Ang Madre" [9]
1992 Ali in Wonderland Aling Iya
1994 Once Upon a Time in Manila Naked Old Woman Uncredited
1994 Bala at Lipistik Lola Sepa
1994 Mars Ravelo's Darna! Ang Pagbabalik Old Valentina Alternative title: Darna: The Return
1994 Fatima Buen Story The Omen III Credited as "Lilia Cantupay"
1994 Shake, Rattle & Roll V Woman in the Bathroom Segment: "Impakto" [29]
1996 Madrasta Fides' maid
1996 Ibong Adarna Witch Uncredited [9]
1996 Magic Temple Townspeople Uncredited
1997 Anak ng Dilim Komadrona Uncredited
1997 Sanggano Old woman Credited as "Lydia Cuntapay"
1998 Curacha ang Babaeng Walang Pahinga Old woman in church Credited as "Lilian Cuntapay"
1998 Babae sa Bubungang Lata Bangkay
1998 TatayNic Old woman
1999 Isprikitik: Walastik Kung Pumitik Old woman in bikini
1999 Brokedown Palace Old Prisoner [30]
1999 Dugo ng Birhen: El Kapitan Witch Doctor
2000 Pangarap ng Puso Jose's Grandmother
2002 I Think I'm in Love Ising's rival in Trip to Jerusalem
2002 Bakat Old Woman
2002 Lapu-Lapu Babaylan
2003 Babae sa Breakwater Serena [31]
2003 Spirit Warriors: The Shortcut Old Ancestral House Ghost [6]
2005 Bahay ni Lola 2 Old Lady Ghost [17]
2006 Sukob [6]
2007 Pasukob Pacing [17]
2008 Scaregivers Tandang Luring [17]
2008 Photoshoot Ghost
2009 Nobody, Nobody But... Juan Belmont Village Resident Credited as "Lydia Cuntapay" [11]
2011 Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay Herself Won — Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival Best Actress
Nominated — Gawad Urian Award for Best Actress
2011 Segunda Mano Church Caretaker [31]
2011 My Lai Four
2011 Enteng Ng Ina Mo Old Lover [31]
2012 Boy Pick-Up: The Movie Lilia [28]
2012 Oh My Goth! Short film [33][34]
2012 REquieme! Aling Isang [35]
2012 Amorosa Lulu [24]
2013 Coming Soon [36]
2013 Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo? [37]
2014 Echoserang Frog [38]
2013 Ibong Adarna: The Pinoy Adventure Bruha [39]
2014 Kamandag ni Venus [40]
2015 My Bebe Love Mrs. Sesmundo Last film appearance [41]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Work Award Category Result Source
2011 Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival Best Actress* Won [15]
Gawad Urian Award Best Actress Nominated [32]

* Tied with Maricar Reyes for Anatomiya ng Korupsiyon


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