Lilia Cuntapay

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Lilia Cuntapay (3 January 1935 – 20 August 2016) was a Filipino character actress dubbed as the “Queen of Horror of Philippine Movies.

Early life and education

She was born on 3 January 1935 in Cabiraoan village in Gonzaga, Cagayan. She was a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Education and worked as a teacher in Baybay, Leyte.


She quit teaching and tried her luck in the buy-and-sell business. She also worked as part of the office staff in the National Police Commission (Napolcom).

She retired from work in 1982 at the age of 40 and pursued acting full time where she was typecast in horror films. She was part of the first batch of Actor's Workshop of LVN Productions. In 1991, she played the role of Kris Aquino's nanny in Shake, Rattle & Roll 3 directed by Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes. The following year, Gallaga and Reyes cast Cuntapay as an old aswang in their film Aswang.

For 30 years in the industry, she made almost 100 films playing different scary roles like aswang and white lady, among others. After many years of being an extra, she topbilled her own film Six Degrees of Separation for the 2011 Cinema One Film Festival. It won for Cuntapay and Geraldine Villamin the best actress and best supporting actress awards. She was also nominated as Best Actress in the 35th Gawad URIAN for the said film.

Antoinette Jadaone directed Six Degrees, an indie mockumentary. It was Jadaone's first full-length feature before being identified with romantic comedies starting with the film That Thing Called Tadhana. In 2013, GMA News TV's Follow That Star featured Cuntapay's life behind the camera.


  • 2016 Juan Tamad (TV Series)
  • 2015 My Bebe Love: #KiligPaMore
  • 2014 Ibong Adarna: The Pinoy Adventure
  • 2012-2014 Luv U (TV Series)
  • 2014 Kamandag ni Venus
  • 2014 Confessions of a Torpe (TV Series)
  • 2013 Juan Dela Cruz (TV Series)
  • 2013 Bakit hindi ka crush ng crush mo?
  • 2013 Cassandra: Warrior Angel (TV Series)
  • 2013 Coming Soon
  • 2012 Toda Max (TV Series)
  • 2012 Amorosa: The Revenge
  • 2012 Oh My Goth! (Short)
  • 2012 Third Eye (TV Series)
  • 2012 Enchanted Garden (TV Series)
  • 2012 REquieme!
  • 2012 Boy Pick-Up: The Movie
  • 2012 Felina: Prinsesa ng mga pusa (TV Series)
  • 2010-2012 Wansapanataym (TV Series)
  • 2011 Enteng ng Ina mo
  • 2011 Segunda mano
  • 2011 Sa ngalan ng ina (TV Series)
  • 2011 Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay
  • 1995-2011 Maalaala mo kaya (TV Series)
  • 2011 Captain Barbell (TV Series)
  • 2009 Nobody Nobody But Juan
  • 2009 The Bud Brothers Series (TV Series)
  • 2008 Scaregivers
  • 2008 Photo Shoot (Video)
  • 2007 Pasukob
  • 2007 Island of the Living Dead (Video)
  • 2005 Bahay ni Lola 2
  • 2003 Babae sa Breakwater
  • 2002 Lapu-Lapu
  • 2002 Bakat
  • 2002 I Think I'm in Love
  • 2001 Sgt. Maderazo: Bayad na pati kaluluwa mo
  • 2000 Pangarap ng puso
  • 1999 Dugo ng birhen: El kapitan
  • 1999 Brokedown Palace
  • 1999 Isprikitik: Walastik kung pumitik
  • 1998 Babae sa bubungang lata
  • 1998 Curacha ang babaeng walang pahinga
  • 1998 Tataynic
  • 1997 Sanggano
  • 1997 Anak ng dilim
  • 1996 Magic Temple
  • 1996 Madrasta
  • 1994 Shake Rattle & Roll V
  • 1994 Fatima Buen Story
  • 1994 Darna! Ang pagbabalik
  • 1994 Once Upon a Time in Manila
  • 1994 Bala at lipistik
  • 1992 Shake Rattle & Roll IV
  • 1992 Aswang
  • 1992 Ali in Wonderland
  • 1991 Shake Rattle & Roll III
  • 1986 ...Sabik kasalanan ba?


In early August 2016, it was revealed that Cuntapay stopped working due to a spinal cord condition which made her disabled and unable to walk. She appealed to the public for financial assistance for her medical needs. Jadaone even launched an online campaign called “#OplanTulunganSiNanayLilia.”

She died at around 6 a.m. on 20 August 2016 at the house of his son, Gilmore Cuntapay, in Pinili, Ilocos Norte. She was 81.

Among her last projects was the blockbuster film My Bebe Love #KiligPaMore, the GMA sitcom Juan Tamad, and the ABS-CBN teleserye, Forevermore. In Forevermore, her character was one half of her love team with fellow horror character Nonong de Andres also known as “Bangkay.” Collectively known as Bangli, their tandem added kilig factor to the soap with their own pick-up lines.




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