As part of the powerhouse cast of Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon, Dina Bonnevie said she is balancing being in the world of showbiz and politics at the same time. As wife to Ilocos Sur Vice Governor DV Savellano, the talented actress said she takes her duties to the province very seriously.
“I'm really a workaholic. Hindi ko na siguro matanggal sa akin yun na parang siguro if I don't work I'll die. In fact natanong na ako nung elections na as the wife of the vice-governor what are my projects daw. Sabi ko hindi naman ako empleyado ng kapitolyo but they say na dapat may gagawin ka din for the province. So that’s what I work so hard for, to promote the products of Ilocos, yung mga banig nila, yung mga almires, yung woodcraft at rattan craft, yun ang talagang pinagtratrabahuan ko ng husto. Pag hindi ako nag-te-taping, may ginagawa nga akong label, yung mga bags. That's actually the advocacy of my husband kasi he wants to promote Ilocos products and as the wife of the vice-governor tinutulungan ko siya na i-promote yun,” she shared during the grand presscon of Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon held last June 3 at Chandelle Events Place in Quezon City.
When asked about whether she wants her ex-husband Vic Sotto to get married again, Dina said she just wants him to be happy. “Sa akin parang hindi naman necessarily wishing na mag-asawa siya kasi there are some people who are not marrying types talaga. There are some people who love a companion but afraid when it comes to commitment. I'm not saying he's like that pero parang siguro tinitingnan ko lang yung track record palaging ganun lang. I think kasi for Vic it will be very difficult for him to get married. Maybe siguro mahihirapan siya kasi whoever will marry him has to deal with Danica and Oyo, has to deal with Paulina na anak niya kay Angela (Luz) and Vico na anak niya with Coney (Reyes). Ako never ako nakikialam pero of course Coney and Angela nakikita pa rin niya every week. I mean what woman can put up with that kind of set up ‘di ba? Ako at least out na ako diyan. I have my own life now. Siguro for him, first of all I wish him good health and his own happiness. If his happiness means being with someone who can take care of him, who can sincerely be with him through thick and thin, in sickness and in health, then fine,” she admitted.
With Vic's current relationship with Pauleen Luna who is younger than him by more than 30 years, Dina said age should not be the defining factor as to whether their love is genuine. “Of course a lot of people probably judge Pauleen kasi parang bata yan. ‘How can she be falling in love with a 60-year-old, come on,’ di ba? Parang it's next to impossible, pero hindi natin ma-judge yung tao eh. Iniisip ko na lang parang through all this she has to deal with Danica, with Oyo, with Vico and Paulina and that's not an easy task to do. So the mere fact na nandiyan sya eh di it must be something,” she said.
Dina also touched on the fact that Vic, Pauleen, and Vic's ex-girlfriend Pia Guanio all still work together on the same noontime show. “Can you imagine? Tapos andun pa yung ex-girlfriend slash I-don't-know-what (laughs). Di ba ang hirap? Parang sa loob loob ko lang, why doesn't one of them resign? Ano ba. I'm appalled. How can you be in the same show, come on. Parang can't one of you resign? Siguro they like being a happy family pero kung ako ang nasa shoes ni Pauleen mahihirapan ako kasi here's ex-girlfriend slash co-host, whatever,” she added.
The Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon actress said she has never harbored any ill-feelings against Pauleen. “I was never bitter. What I'm trying to say is she has a lot to put up with. But the mere fact that she's still there, maybe it's not right for people to judge her na she's not sincere. Kasi some people will say that she's after the money, ganyan. Pero can you imagine what the girl has to put up with, lahat yun? ‘A’ for effort yun, parang wow. Parang hindi naman madali yun. Yung sa akin lang ha, sana kung talagang nagmamahalan sila hanggang sa pagputi ng buhok ni Vic, kay magkasakit siya or whatever, and she has to deal with so many other moms except me (laughs). Kung totoo sana nandun pa siya. Pero we can only say that pag talagang ilang years na. How long na ba sila? Parang two years pa lang ata. Don't know kasi hindi ko naman sinusubaybayan yung buhay nila,” she said.
Dina said she and her ex-husband have always maintained a very good relationship even after they separated. “Kasi pagdating kay Vic, we're very good friends. Maybe not as close as we were before kasi before kahit na hiwalay na kami we talk to each other. Nagku-kuwentuhan kami. Minsan magkukuwento siya about his girlfriend, minsan kakamustahin niya yung boyfriend ko. Pero ngayon siyempre hindi na kasi meron na akong asawa and ayoko na makialam and Vic knows na whatever it’s worth, kung meron namang mangyari and he needs my help, I'll always be here. You cannot change the fact that he's still the father of my children and I don’t think my present husband ever dares to take that seat and act as father to my children. He's very kind and very supportive to them but he understands that he will never take the seat as their father in the same way that I will never take the same seat as mother to his children because they have a mom,” she said.
As parents to Danica and Oyo, Dina said she will always want the best for Vic and she thinks it might be the best for him to just settle down with someone more within his age group for practical reasons. “Ang wish ko kay Vic is to be happy, sincerely happy and kung sino man ang magmamahal sa kanya ng sincerely and truthfully I hope it will last forever. But there's no such thing as forever di ba so yun na lang, sana he will find someone who will really take care of him. Ang fear ko lang kasi kapag masyadong bata, kasi na-experience ko yun sa sister ko who is married to someone 14 years older than her. Eh eto more than 14 years. In the beginning it was okay later on she was getting bored. Gusto pa niyang mag-party, sumayaw, mag-karaoke at travel whereas the husband just wants to stay home. Yun ang fini-fear ko. Parang it wouldnt mean in the future that she's not sincere or nagloloko siya but that's a natural reaction of a person. You can eventually outgrow your mate. Whereas if he gets somebody his age, ang mindset ng tao na yun mag-aalagaan sila. Kumbaga ang mindset ng tao na yun is companionship,” she said.
Watch Dina Bonnevie along with Bea Alonzo, Paulo Avelino, Eddie Garcia, Susan Roces, Michelle Vito and Francis Magundayao in Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon starting June 17 on ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida.