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Dina Bonnevie


Dina Bonnevie with a fierce look while wearing a light pink silk long sleeve blouse that show off her cleavage

Full Name
Geraldine Schaer Bonnevie

January 27, 1961 (age 63) (

Deogracias Victor B. Savellano (m. 2012), Vic Sotto (m. 1982–1992)

Oyo Boy Sotto, Danica Sotto, Fathima Sotto

Jeannette Schaer, Honesto Bonnevie

Mylyn Bonnevie, Ailyn Bonnevie, Carolyn Bonnevie

Movies and TV shows
May Bukas Pa, Batas Ng Lansangan, A Change of Heart, Babangon Ako't Dudurugi, Sa Kabila ng Lahat

Anna Marie Gutierrez, Sarsi Emmanuelle, Pepsi Paloma

The Buzz: Dina Bonnevie opens up about Vic-Pauleen affair

Geraldine Schaer Bonnevie 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.


Dina Bonnevie with a fierce look while wearing a blue sleeveless dress and earrings

Dina bonnevie shares her funny wedding proposal

Early life and background

Dina Bonnevie wearing a red sleeveless top and necklace

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. 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.

Dina Bonnevie with a tight-lipped smile while wearing a black lace blouse and earrings

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.

Dina Bonnevie with a tight-lipped smile and curly hair while wearing a gold sequin dress with a black net and earrings

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 for her family 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.

Dina Bonnevie, in one of her interviews, in the ABS-CBN news

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

Dina Bonnevie smiling while wearing a gold sequin dress with a black net and earrings

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.

Dina Bonnevie posing with flowers at her back and she is wearing a black blouse

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

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.


  • 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
  • 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
  • Commercials/endorsements

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

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