Dina Bonnevie

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Dina Bonnevie
BornGeraldine Schaer Bonnevie
(1961-01-27) January 27, 1961 (age 53)
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Vic Sotto (m. 1988–2003; annuled)
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Dina Bonnevie
BornGeraldine Schaer Bonnevie
(1961-01-27) January 27, 1961 (age 53)
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Vic Sotto (m. 1988–2003; annuled)

Geraldine Schaer Bonnevie[1] known as Dina Bonnevie (born January 27, 1961) is an actress in the Philippines.

Early Life and background[edit]

Bonnevie was born January 27, 1961 to Honesto Bonnevie (her paternal grandfather was half French and half Italian) and Jeannette Schaer (a Swiss settler).[2] Her grandmother is pre-World War II actress Rosita Rivera. She is also from Bicol. She is a cousin of singer Lou Bonnevie. She has two children from her previous marriage with comedian Vic Sotto, Oyo Boy Sotto and Danica, both of whom are now in the entertainment industry as well.

She began her schooling in St. Theresa's College, Manila, but finished her elementary and secondary education at St. Agnes' Academy in Legazpi City, where she was very active in drama guilds. In 1980 she enrolled in Communication Arts at the Ateneo de Manila University and, later, the University of the Philippines. Introduced by young actor Alfie Anido to director Joey Gosiengfiao, she first appeared in teen dramas Underage (1980) and Temptation Island (1981), but her breakout movie was Katorse (1980) with Anido and Gabby Concepcion. This film established her as one of the "Regal Babies" (named after the studio, Regal Films). She then appeared in a longer slew of teenage love or growing-pains dramas. Bakit Ba Ganyan? (1981) was a film where she herself sang the theme song and popularized it thus.

Acting career[edit]

In 1985 she ventured into dramatic roles, starting with 'Mike de Leon' 's Hindi nahahati ang langit (1985). Her other films are A Dangerous Life (1988) (mini), with American actor Gary Busey; Orapronobis (1989), Pangarap na Ginto (1990), Huwag mong Salingin ang Sugat ko (1991) and Akin ang Pangarap Mo (1992). In Babaeng Nawawala sa Sarili (1989), Bonnevie sizzled and wowed critics and audiences alike in the role of a possessed woman. She also portrayed real-life characters, such as in Eskapo: The Serge Osmena-Geny Lopez Story (1995), as the wife of Geny Lopez; as one of the accused parents in the child-molestation drama, Minsan May Pangarap: The Guce Family Story (1995), shot in New York City; as the girlfriend of activist Leopoldo Mabilangan in Ka Hector (1995); and as Governor Chavit Singson's wife in Chavit (2003), opposite Cesar Montano and Eddie Garcia. She also did some sexy roles in Tag araw Tag Ulan where she starred with Gary Estrada.[3]

Other notable films where Bonnevie showed maturity as an actress include: Tinik sa Dibdib (1985), for which she won Best Supporting Actress at the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) and Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) awarding ceremonies; Magdusa Ka (1986), for which she was given Best Actress awards by FAMAS, FAP and Catholic Mass Media Awards; Gumapang ka sa Lusak (1990), directed by Lino Brocka, for which she was nominated by FAMAS and URIAN Awards for Best Actress; and Sa Kabila ng Lahat (1991), for which she was nominated by FAMAS, FAP and Urian Awards for Best Actress.

Other acting nominations are for Kung Kasalanan Man (1989), FAMAS; Bakit Kay Tagal ng Sandali? (1990), FAP; Tanging Yaman (2000), which won Best Picture in nearly all the local awards ceremonies and gave her an URIAN Best Supporting Actress nomination; American Adobo (2001), URIAN Best Actress nomination; and Bridal Shower (2004), URIAN Best Actress nomination again.

Bonnevie also appeared in bright comedies with her ex-husband, Vic Sotto, in Hindi Pa Tapos Ang Labada, Darling! (1994) and Bakit Ba Ganyan? (Ewan ko nga ba, Darling) (2000).

When they were still married they also appeared together in Ride on Baby (1985) and Mama Said, Papa Said, I Love You (1985). Bonnevie also topbilled Tatarin (2001), based on the short story Summer Solstice by Nick Joaquin; critics nearly panned the movie but appreciated Bonnevie's nuanced characterization of Lupe Moreta.

Retirement from film[edit]

Except for her stints on soap operas and for judging a recent TV talent contest (and appearing unclothed on the cover of the local FHM Magazine), Bonnevie disappeared from the limelight during 2005 and 2006; she was in the United States for business purposes. She is a guest-judge in U Can Dance Version 2.


Her first and only album Bakit Ba Ganyan, released in 1981 by Octo Arts International (now PolyEast Records formerly EMI Music Philippines, Inc.), became a Gold Record. Before her album, she sang a slapstick comedy ballad "Upakan" with Joey de Leon, recorded live on a primetime TV show in 1980.



2004Gawad Urian AwardBest Actress
2003Gawad Urian AwardBest Actress
2001Gawad Urian AwardBest Supporting Actress

Winning Awards[edit]

1987FAMAS AwardBest Actress for Magdusa Ka
1987CMMABest Actress for Magdusa Ka
1986FAMAS AwardBest Supporting Actress for Tinik sa Dibdib
1987FAP AwardBest Actress for Magdusa Ka
1986FAP AwardBest Supporting Actress for Tinik sa Dibdib


2014Sana Bukas Pa Ang KahaponABS-CBN
2014The Legal WifeABS-CBNCornelia Esquivel
2013Bukas Na Lang Kita MamahalinABS-CBNSen. Victoria Antonio/Victoria Ramirez
2012Maalaala Mo Kaya: Flower ShopABS-CBNBebeng
2011P.S. I Love YouTV5Kristine Tuazon
2010My Driver Sweet LoverTV5Aracelli Solis-Barrinuevo
2010Untold Stories Mula Sa Face To FaceTV5Various
2009May Bukas PaABS-CBNMalena Rodriguez-Rodrigo
2008Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita[4]GMA NetworkEvita Gomez vda. Perantes
2007Sineserye Presents: Natutulog Ba Ang DiyosABS-CBNRose Angeles
2007U Can DanceABS-CBNJudge
2007Walang KapalitABS-CBNAgnes Santillan-Borromeo
2004HiramABS-CBNSophia Borromeo
2003Narito Ang Puso KoGMA NetworkVioleta San Victores
2001Ikaw Lang Ang MamahalinGMA NetworkMartina Fuentebella
1999D! DayGMA NetworkHost
1999May Bukas PaIBC/RPN 9Sofia Suarez
1996Ms. DGMA NetworkHost
1988Let's Have Dina!IBC-13Variety Show Host
19822 + 2 = GuloBBC-2(sitcom) Dina




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