Actress from the Philippines best known for her award-winning roles in films like 2000's Sugatang Puso. She is a multiple-time winner of the Best Supporting Actress award at the Metro Manila Film Festival, winning the award in 1985, 1989 and 2000.
She made her film debut as Bruka in the film Mo Neuih in 1970.
She was vacationing with her family in Thailand when the country was hit by the deadly tsunami of 2004. She later performed at a benefit for victims of the tragedy.
She comes from a family of actors including mother Rosemarie Gil and brother Michael de Mesa.
She has been longtime best friends with fellow actress Sharon Cuneta.