Gabby Eigenmann describes first Christmas without dad Mark Gil

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Gabby Eigenmann on first Christmas without dad Mark Gil: “Kaya ngayong Christmas, wish ko talaga maging mas strong yung family namin. We really need our support from each other.”


Following Mark Gil's death last September, his eldest son Gabby Eigenmann has made it his responsibility to look after his younger siblings and keep the family intact.

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“Actually, kami ni Sid [Lucero], kasi technically pareho kaming panganay,” Gabby clarified.

“Nagtutulungan kaming dalawa, may kanya-kanya kaming toka.

“Toka niya yung isang kapatid na babae, si Maxene.

“Ako naman, toka ko si Andi [Eigenmann] at yung bunso naming kapatid.

“Meron kaming kanya-kanyang assignment.”

Gabby and sister Ira are the children of Mark with actress-commercial model Irene Celebre. Sid and sister Maxene are Mark’s kids with actress Bing Pimentel. Andi is the late actor’s daughter with Jaclyn Jose.

Mark had been married to Maricar Jacinto since 1996, and they have a daughter named Stephanie.

CHRISTMAS WISH. Of course things will never be the same without Mark, but life goes on.

“...ngayong Christmas, wish ko talaga maging mas strong yung family namin. We really need our support from each other,” he said at the recent press conference of Once Upon A Kiss, where he is part of the cast.

Gabby underlined the importance of being there for each other.

“When you go through that journey in life, hindi puwedeng hindi ka madapa along the way.

"So may madadapa, tutulungan naming umangat ulit, bumangon.”

And this Christmas, Gabby is esxpecting a lot of family gatherings.

“Si Tita Cherie [Gil, Mark’s sister] yung mga anak niya kasi based sila sa New York, they’ll be coming home on the 24th so we’ll be spending Noche Buena sa bahay ni Ryan [Eigenmann] sa Parañaque.

"Dun kami magkikita-kita 'tapos sa [December] 25, ganundin. Sa bahay naman ni Tita Cherie, so it’s happy in a way kasi it’s been so many years na hindi kami [nagsasama-sama].

"May kanya-kanya kasi kaming family so most of the relatives nasa States, so hindi umuwi. Hindi kami nakakapag-get-together na kami-kami lang dito.

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“Ngayon, may uuwi naman so first time ulit na after so many years, magkakasama ulit ang pamilya, kaya lang, kulang ang daddy ko.”


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