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If Hollywood has George Clooney, then local showbiz has Vic Sotto. This is not to say that the two men look alike. But they do have one thing in common. Both have gotten hitched only once. Since breaking up with their wives, they've both been playing the field. They have dated a cast of beautiful women but they don't seem keen on saying "I do" anytime soon.
But while Clooney's appeal is easily explained, Sotto's is perplexing. His lanky frame and prominently elongated chin don't scream "leading man material." He can be funny though.†
Still,many of those who've hung out with the man say he's "sexy" and that he "smolders." Even if we don't take their word for it, Sotto's relationship track record speaks for itself. At 57, he's definitely still an incorrigible bachelor. SPOT.ph lists 10 women who fell for his inexplicable charm.
Chiqui Hollmann in a photo from Nostalgia Manila.
Though there's not much data online about this pretty mestiza, we chanced upon a blog post made by Jobo Guerrero Elizes, who is her relative. Elizes posted a 2003 article from Inquirer.net written by Leah Salterio. According to the article, Hollmann joined Eat Bulaga! in 1979. Prior to that, she had lived in New York for 16 years and had studied at the New York School of Interior Design. In the article, she readily admitted that she had a "short-lived romance" with Sotto. She said, "It was a very good love team that brought in lots of money for the show and made a lot of people happy." Hollmann quit being an Eat Bulaga! host in 1982. She then got married (she's now more popularly known as Chiqui Hollmann-Yulo) and retired from showbiz in 1988. She also added that years after she left Eat Bulaga!, there were fans who still asked her about Sotto. "I told them Vic and I are both fine, pero may kanya-kanya na kaming pamilya at [mga] anak (we each have our own families and children)."
Dina Bonnevie and Vic Sotto sing "Bakit Ba Ganyan?"
Bonnevie met Sotto when they co-starred in 1981's Age Doesn't Matter, a movie about older men falling in love with younger women. (You'll appreciate this ironic detail once you get to No. 10.) In the flick, Sotto was paired off with Bonnevie, while Tito Sotto got Maricel Soriano and Joey de Leon was with Snooky Serna. By 1982, Sotto was married to Bonnevie. She gave birth to two kids: Danica in 1983 and Oyo in 1984. Sadly, Bonnevie and Sotto called it quits in 1986. Their marriage was annuled in 1992. In an interview published on Malaya Online in March this year, Bonnevie said, "Ang sakit na mahiwalay sa asawa (It hurts to break up with your spouse), especially if he happens to be your first love. And Vic, definitely was to me." Bonnevie and Sotto continue to be good friends.