Dina Bonnevie

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Dina Bonnevie
Born Geraldine Schaer Bonnevie
(1961-01-27) January 27, 1961 (age 54)
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Occupation Actress
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Vic Sotto (m. 1988–2003; annulled)

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.



Year Award Category
2004 Gawad Urian Award Best Actress
2001 Best Supporting Actress

Winning awards[edit]

Year Award Category
1997 PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Celebrity Talk Show Host for Ms. D.
1987 FAMAS Award Best Actress for Magdusa Ka
1987 CMMA Best Actress for Magdusa Ka
1986 FAMAS Award Best Supporting Actress for Tinik sa Dibdib
1987 FAP Awards Best Actress for Magdusa Ka
1986 Best Supporting Actress for Tinik sa Dibdib


Year Title Network Character
2015 Beautiful Strangers GMA Network Alejandra Valdez-Castillo
Two Wives ABS-CBN Minerva Arguello
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Mangga at Bagoong Febie at Eunice
2014 Sana Bukas pa ang Kahapon Laura Bayle-Buenavista
2013 Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin Victoria Antonio-Ramirez
2012 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Flower Shop Bebeng
2011 P.S. I Love You TV5 Kristine Tuazon
Maalaala Mo Kaya:Liham ABS-CBN Ina ni Aurora
2010 My Driver Sweet Lover TV5 Aracelli Solis-Barrinuevo
Untold Stories Mula Sa Face To Face Various
2009-2010 May Bukas Pa ABS-CBN Malena Rodriguez-Rodrigo
2008 Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita[4] GMA Network Evita Gomez vda. Perantes
2007 Sineserye Presents: Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos ABS-CBN Rose Angeles
U Can Dance Judge
Walang Kapalit Agnes Santillan-Borromeo
2006 Maalaala Mo Kaya:Poon Ina ni Jun
2004-2005 Hiram Sophia Borromeo
2003 Narito Ang Puso Ko GMA Network Violeta San Victores
2001 Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin Martina Fuentebella
1999 D! Day Host
May Bukas Pa IBC/RPN Sofia Suarez
1996 Ms. D GMA Network Host
1993 Maalaala Mo Kaya:Sa Kandungan Mo Inay ABS-CBN Leslie
1990 Boracay RPN
1988 Let's Have Dina! IBC Variety Show Host
1982 2 + 2 = Gulo BBC (sitcom) Dina


  • 2013 When the Love is Gone
  • 2011 Who's That Girl? as Jill Pedroza
  • 2004 I Will Survive
  • 2004 Beautiful Life as Carmen
  • 2003 Noon at Ngayon as Joey
  • 2003 Bridal Shower
  • 2002 American Adobo
  • 2002 Bahid
  • 2002 Batas ng Langsangan as Mariel
  • 2001 Tatarin
  • 2001 Saan Ako Nagkaganito
  • 2000 Tanging Yaman as Grace
  • 2000 Bakit ba Ganyan (Ewan ko nga ba Darling)
  • 1996 Abot Kamay Pangarap
  • 1995 ESKAPO
  • 1995 Home Sic Home
  • 1995 Sana Dalawa ang Puso ko
  • 1995 Minsan May Pangarap
  • 1995 Ka Hector
  • 1994 Hindi Pa Tapos ang Labada Darling
  • 1994 Ultimatum
  • 1994 Markadong Hudas
  • 1993 Hanggang Saan Hanggng Kailan
  • 1993 Kapag Iginuhit Ang Hatol ng Puso
  • 1992 Akin ang Pangarap mo
  • 1992 Manong Gang (Toni)
  • 1991 Tag Araw Tag Ulan
  • 1991 Wag Mong Salingin ang Sugat ko
  • 1990 Sa Kabila ng Lahat
  • 1990 Bakit Kay Tagal ng Sandali?
  • 1990 Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak as Rachel
  • 1990 Pangarap ng Ginto
  • 1989 Kung Kasalanan man
  • 1989 Dahil Minsan Lang
  • 1989 Ang Babaeng Nawawala Sa Sarili
  • 1989 Ang Lahat ng ito Pati na ang Langit
  • 1988 Paano Tatakasan ang Bukas
  • 1988 A Dangerous Life
  • 1988 Misis mo Misis ko
  • 1987 Maging Akin Ka Lamang as Elsa Paruel - Abrigo
  • 1987 Alabok Sa Ulap
  • 1987 Working Girls 2
  • 1986 Huwag Mong Itanong Kung Bakit?
  • 1986 Sanay Wala nang Wakas
  • 1986 The Graduates
  • 1986 Magdusa Ka as Christine Doliente
  • 1986 Captain Barbell
  • 1985 Till We Meet Again
  • 1985 Mama Said, Papa Said, I Love You
  • 1985 Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso? as Agatha
  • 1985 Palimos ng Pag-ibig as Ditas
  • 1985 Ride in Baby
  • 1985 Tinik Sa Dibdib as Corazon
  • 1985 Hindi Nahahati ang Langit
  • 1984 Tender Age
  • 1983 Buhay Misis
  • 1982 Schoolgirls
  • 1981 Age Doesn't Matter
  • 1981 Blue Jeans
  • 1980 Underage as Celina
  • 1980 Katorse as Nene
  • 1980 Temptation Island

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Category Nominated Work Result Ref
2008 22nd PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Drama Actress Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita Nominated


  • Anlene Milk
  • Pepsi
  • Fit Fruit & Vegetable Rinse
  • Century Tuna
  • Whisper
  • Finale Shampoo
  • Reach Toothbrush


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