Dina Bonnevie

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Dina Bonnevie
Born Geraldine Schaer Bonnevie
(1961-01-27) January 27, 1961 (age 57)
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Occupation Actress
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Vic Sotto (m. 1980–1992; annulled)
Deogracias Victor Savellano (m. 2012)
Children 2
Relatives Marc Pingris (son-in-law)
Kristine Hermosa (daughter-in-law)
Marcelino Sotto (father-in-law)
Herminia Sotto (mother-in-law)
Jean Michael Pingris (grandson)
Anielle Micaela Pingris (granddaughter)
Kaleb Hanns Sotto (grandson)
Keil Sotto (grandson)
Ondrea Bliss Sotto (granddaughter)

Geraldine Schaer Bonnevie[1] known as Dina Bonnevie (born January 27, 1961) is an award-winning actress in the Philippines. Before joining Philippine showbiz, Ms D (as she is popularly called) was first-runner in the Miss Magnolia 1979 Beauty Contest. She landed her first acting assignment in the campy "Temptation Island" in 1979 with Joey Gosingfiao at the helm. However, the following year, Regal Films launched her to lead star status via Joey Gosingfiao's "Katorse" opposite then boyfriend, Alfie Anido. The same film introduced a young Gabby Concepcion who essayed the role of a naughty brat of a man.

In 1981, while doing "Age Doesn't Matter" with fellow Regal babies, Maricel Soriano and Snooky Serna and the wacky Tito, Vic & Joey, she fell in love with Vic Sotto. The following years, she went into semi-retirement by focusing on her domestic life. In 1985, Viva Films assigned her the role of a young disturbed woman via "Tinik sa Dibdib" with Nora Aunor in the lead. She took home the FAMAS and FAP best-supporting actress statuettes.

In 1986 she snagged her string of best actress trophies from the CMMA, FAMAS and FAP for “Magdusa Ka!” (Suffer!).In the said movie, she essayed the role of Christine, a young woman disowned by her mother, Toyang (Nida Blanca) after getting impregnated by boyfriend, Rod (Christopher de Leon). She ran away from Rod after frequent misunderstandings with her drunkard mother-in-law, Metring (Perla Bautista). She sought refuge from her rich but lameduck father, Bernardo (Dindo Fernando) but is sent away by her aristocratic grandmother Doña Perla (Armida Siguion Reyna). She asked the help of her best friend Violy (Jobelle Salvador) but was mistreated by the latter's mother (Angie Ferro). Christine after all the tribulations managed to stand up and healing followed.

Her Viva Films assignments were "Sana'y Wala ng Wakas" (1986), "Alabok sa Ulap" (1987), "Ang Lahat ng Ito Pati ang Langit" (1989), "Ang Babaing Nawawala sa Sarili" (1990); "Kung Kasalanan Man" (1990), "Gumapang ka sa Lusak (1990) among others.

Her acting nominations followed in 1987 "Maging Akin Ka Lamang" (Be Mine), 1988 in “Huwag Mong Itanong Kung Bakit” (Dont Ask), 1990 in "Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak" (Dirty Affair), and 2004 “Bridal Shower”.

Early life and background[edit]

Bonnevie was born January 27, 1961 to Swiss mother Jeannette Schäer and French-Italian-Filipino father Honesto Bonnevie. Her paternal grandfather is Pedro José de Bonnevie, a significant landowner in the Bicol region. He hails from Évian-les-Bains, France and is part French and Italian.[2] Her grandmother is pre-World War II actress Rosita Rivera, 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 was educated at St. Theresa's College, Manila and finished her elementary and secondary education at St. Agnes' Academy in Legazpi City, where she was very active in drama guilds. In 1979, she was first runner-up in Miss Magnolia contest, where Joanna Paras took home the title. In 1980 she enrolled in Communication Arts at the Ateneo de Manila University and, later, the University of the Philippines, unfortunately, she did not graduate and finish her degree. Introduced by young actor Alfie Anido to director Joey Gosiengfiao, she first appeared in teen dramas Underage (1980) and Temptation Island (1980), 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 whose theme song she sang and popularized.

In 1981, she starred in "Age Doesn't Matter" and was paired with Vic Sotto. What started as a reel romance turned real. The couple started a sitcom in 1982 to 86 over BBC channel 2 every Saturday at 8 pm entitled, "2 + 2 = Gulo" sharing stellar billing with Maricel Soriano, William Martinez and Herbert Bautista. During this period, Ms. D focused on being a homemaker and would occasionally accept showbiz assignments. In-between her domestic life, she was able to finish Mike de Leon's "Hindi Nahahati ang Langit" in 1985, lending support to Lorna Tolentino, Elwood Perez' "Till We Meet Again" and Leroy Salvador's "Tinik sa Dibdib" both with Nora Aunor.

In 1986, she was re-launched and re-packaged by Viva Films as a serious actress through the comics-adapted story, "Magdusa Ka!". This time, local award-giving bodies recognized her performance by giving her their highly-coveted statuettes.

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]

After the turn of film died down and TV dramas became a thing Dina Bonnevie then started in hot soaps such as May Bukas Pa with Viva Television and IBC-13 in 1999-2001 in 2001-2003 she joined GMA-7 with the Evening soap Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin. In 2003-2004 she starred in another Drama Narito Ang Puso Ko and 2004-2005 she had a Lead and recurring role In the Critically acclaimed Primetime Soap Opera “Hiram” starring Kris Aquino Mickey Ferriols Heart Evangelista and Anne Curtis which also aired internationally through The Filipino Channel earning her praise for her role on the Soap. In 2005-2006 she was seen less on television in 2007 she came back with soaps like Walang Kapalit and Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos? Which became a trend of Classic 80s films being a soap. And In 2008 she decided to do another Sine Novela “Babangon Ako’t Dudurugin Kita” with GMA Network as a recurring role. In 2009 another Soap May Bukas Pa a religious themed Soap who had the same name as her 1999-2001 soap earned her many nominations as the soap ran for a year on television with an ensemble cast. 2010-2012 she was with Viva and TV5 doing multiple guestings and soaps in 2013 she returned to ABS-CBN to do the Crime Soap Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin with Dawn Zulueta and Gerald Anderson this time as a antagonist in 2015 she did the soap Beautiful Strangers with GMA-7 again with her Hiram co Star Heart Evangelista and her first time working with Lovi Poe Rocco Nacinno and again with Christopher De Leon 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 Role(s) Type of Role Network
2018 The Blood Sisters Dra. Deborah Marie "Debbie" Bermudez-Almeda Main role / Protagonist / Anti-hero ABS-CBN
2017 Super Ma'am Raquel Honorio-Henerala Special participation GMA Network
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Jumper Raquel Pempengco Episode guest / Villain ABS-CBN
Karelasyon: Tukso Norma Episode guest GMA Network
2016 Alyas Robin Hood Daisylyn "Mama Daisy" Montelibano Extended role / Antagonist
Celebrity Bluff Herself Celebrity Player
2015 Dream Home Herself Guest
Beautiful Strangers Alejandra Valdez-Castillo† Supporting role / Antagonist
Two Wives Minerva Arguello Special participation / Protagonist ABS-CBN
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Mangga at Bagoong Ferbie / Eunice Episode guest / Dual role / Protagonist
2014 Sana Bukas pa ang Kahapon Laura Bayle-Buenavista / Laura Bayle-Syquia Supporting role / Antagonist
2013 Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin Victoria Antonio-Ramirez Main role / Antagonist
2012 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Flower Shop Bebeng Episode guest
2011-2012 P.S. I Love You Kristine Tuazon Main role TV5
2011 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Liham Aurora's mother Episode guest ABS-CBN
2010 My Driver Sweet Lover Aracelli Solis-Barrinuevo Supporting role TV5
Untold Stories Mula Sa Face To Face Various roles Main role
2009-2010 May Bukas Pa Malena Rodriguez-Rodrigo / Malena Rodriguez-Policarpio† Main role / Anti-hero ABS-CBN
2008 Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita Evita Gomez-Perantes Lead role GMA Network
2007 Sineserye Presents: Natutulog Ba ang Diyos? Rose Angeles Main role ABS-CBN
U Can Dance Herself Main Judge
Walang Kapalit Agnes Santillan-Borromeo† Main role / Antagonist
2006 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Poon Jun's mother Episode guest
2004-2005 Hiram Sophia Borromeo Main role
2003 Narito Ang Puso Ko Violeta San Victores Supporting role / Antagonist GMA Network
2001 Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin Martina Fuentebella Supporting role
2000-2001 May Bukas Pa Sofia Catacutan-Suarez Lead role IBC and RPN
1999 D! Day Herself Lead hostess GMA Network
1996-1999 Ms. D Herself Lead hostess
1993 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Sa Kandungan Mo Inay Leslie Episode guest ABS-CBN
1990 Boracay RPN
1988 Let's Have Dina! Herself Lead hostess IBC
1982 2 + 2 = Gulo Dina Lead hostess BBC


  • 2018 The Significant Other
  • 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
  • 1991 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
  • 1986 Palimos ng Pag-ibig as Ditas
  • 1985 Till We Meet Again
  • 1985 Mama Said, Papa Said, I Love You
  • 1985 Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso? as Agatha
  • 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


  1. ^ PEP.ph. "Dina Bonnevie's home | Gallery | PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". PEP.ph. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  2. ^ PEP.ph. "Dina Bonnevie's home | Gallery | PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". PEP.ph. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  3. ^ Dina Bonnevie - Biography

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