January 3, 1935
Tuguegarao, Cagayan, Philippines
Lilia Cuntapay (born January 3, 1935) is a Filipina actress. She is most likely known for her debut role in the Filipino horror film series Shake Rattle and Roll. She also starred in her first leading role, Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay which won her as Best Actress in the 2011 CinemaOne Originals Digital Film Festival. She is dubbed as the "Queen of Philippine Horror Movies" due to her participation in many horror films.
Cuntapay is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Education and taught in the primary levels in a school in Tuguegarao. After quitting teaching, Cuntapay ventured in the buy-and-sell trade. She also worked as an office staff in the National Police Commission.
Film and Television
In 1991, Cuntapay played the spooky yaya (nanny) of Kris Aquino's character in Shake Rattle & Roll 3. A year later, at the age of 40, Cuntapay retired from Napolcom and found herself playing, under Gallaga, the character of "aswang" for the first time—a role she would later be typecasted.
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. She appeared as Rosanna, a role which she shared with Maricar Reyes, in the Midnight DJ "Kwentas ng Mangkukulam" episode. 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 -- an entry to the 2009 Metro Manila Film Festival.
Cuntapay played an old lady in The Last Prince and a fairy disguised as an old lady in the "Inday Bote" episode of Wansapanataym both in 2010 and 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.
For her upcoming biopic, Cecille Miller played the young Lilia.
Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay and onwards
Cuntapay played herself in the indie mockumentary Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay—described as a bittersweet fictional account on Cuntapay's life as a Philippine showbiz extra.—an entry to the 2011 Cinema One Originals and directed by Antoinette H. Jadaone. The film won six awards in the 2011 Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival, including a Best Actress award for Cuntapay.
|2009||Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Bud Brothers||Tandang Casimsiman Tioleko||Uncredited|
|2009||Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho||Herself||"Halloween Stars, Late Celebrities, and Death and Tradition" episode|
|2009||Midnight DJ||Rosanna||Guest, "Kwentas ng Mangkukulam" episode|
|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.|
|2010||Wansapanataym||Old lady/fairy||"Inday Bote (Parts 1 & 2)" episode|
|2011||Spooky Nights: Snow White Lady and the Seven Ghost||Old lady||Guest, 1 episode|
|2011||Maalaala Mo Kaya: Wig||Albularyo|
|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: Panata||Maria|
|2012||Wansapanataym||Old Lady||"Water Willy episode|
|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||Sirena sa Breakwater episode|
|2012||Artista Academy||Herself - Challenger|
|2013||Juan dela Cruz||Babaylan|
|2013||Cassandra: Warrior Angel||Aling Ursula|
|2013||Maynila: Haunted House for Love||Lola Chedeng|
|1986||...Sabik Kasalanan Ba?||Aling Berta||Uncredited|
|1991||Shake Rattle & Roll 3||Yaya||segment "Yaya"|
|1994||Shake Rattle & Roll 4||Aling Iya||"segment "Madre"|
|1994||Once Upon a Time in Manila||Naked Old Woman||Uncredited|
|1994||Bala At Lipistik||Lola Sepa|
|1994||Darna! Ang Pagbabalik||Old Valentina|
|1994||Fatima Buen Story||The Omen III||Credited as "Lilia Cantupay"|
|1994||Shake Rattle & Roll 5||Woman in the Bathroom||Segment "Impakto"|
|1997||Anak Ng Dilim||Komadrona||Uncredited|
|1997||Sanggano||Old woman||Credited as "Lydia Cuntapay"|
|1998||Curacha Ang Babaeng Wlang Pahinga||Old woman in church||Credited as "Lilian Cuntapay"|
|1998||Babae Sa Bubungang Lata||Bangkay|
|1999||Isprikitik: Walastik Kung Pumitik||Old Woman In Bikini|
|1999||Brokedown Palace||Old Prisoner|
|1999||Dugo Ng Birhen: El Kapitan||Medicine Woman|
|2000||Pangarap ng Puso||Jose's Grandmother|
|2002||I Think I'm in Love||Ising's rival in Trip to Jerusalem|
|2005||Bahay Ni Lola 2||Old Lady Ghost|
|2009||Nobody, Nobody But... Juan||Belmont Village Resident||Credited as "Lydia Cuntapay"|
|2011||Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay||Herself||Won — Best Actress in the 2011 Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival (Tied with Maricar Reyes for Anatomiya ng Korupsiyon)
Nominated — Best Actress in the 35th Gawad URIAN.
|2011||Segunda Mano||Church Caretaker|
|2011||My Lai Four|
|2011||Enteng Ng Ina Mo||Old Lover|
|2012||Boy Pick-Up: The Movie||Boy Pick-Up's Mom|
|2013||Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo?|
Awards and nominations
|2011||Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay||Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival||Best Actress(Tied with Maricar Reyes for Anatomiya ng Korupsiyon)||Won|
|2011||Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay||35th Gawad Urian Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
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- "Halloween Stars, Late Celebrities, and Death and Tradition". Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho. Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho Blog. 2009-10-31. GMA Network. GMA 7. http://blogs.gmanews.tv/kapuso-mo-jessica-soho/2009/10/30/halloween-stars-late-celebrities-and-death-and-tradition/. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
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