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Onemig Bondoc

Juan Miguel Rivera Bondoc was born to businessman Mariano Bondoc, Jr. and Milo Rivera. He is the eldest in a brood of four. He was initially geared in following the footsteps of his father since he had already been helping out and learning what he could from his father's stock brokerage when stardom took him and several thousands by storm. Bondoc spent most of his high school and grade school at La Salle Greenhills. He left the country and finished his high school at Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada.

Bondoc was discovered at age 13 by Louie Aguinaldo, who became his manager. He made his mark as the youngest lead ever in the popular Close-Up toothpaste advertising campaign by the time he was 14 years old. By the time he entered showbiz, he has done over seventeen TV commercials and print ads for some of the most respectable brands in the market. Some of the brands that he endorsed include Jollibee, Ivory Shampoo, Eveready, Del Monte 202, Mister Donut, Ayala Center and Oishi.

Onemig entered showbiz in 1995 and was a mainstay in Viva and GMA Network co-produced shows like Villa Quintana and Ober Da Bakod. However, he only became well known when he joined the teen series Thank God It's Sabado. He was signed to a nine-picture contract by Viva Films at age 17. His first movie in 1996 with his co-stars from "TGIS", "Takot Ka Ba sa Dilim?" (Are you Afraid of the Dark?), was a breakthrough success. This was followed up with hit films like "Where D' Girls R", "TGIS the Movie" and "Silaw", all of which were done from 1996-1997. On television, Onemig became a regular host of the popular noontime show "Eat Bulaga" before graduating from "TGIS" in 1997 and later moved on to roles in shows like "Growing Up" (spin-off of "TGIS"), "Ganyan Kita Kamahal" (That's How Much I Love You) and "Tropang Trumpo" in 1997-98. He was able to work on a movie with his idol Aga Muhlach and Mikee Cojuangco in the film "Dahil Ba Sa Kanya" (Is It Because of Her?) launched as a romantic leading man in Viva Films' "I'm Sorry My Love" opposite Judy Ann Santos in 1998. He also played a young man who witnessed the student murders in the suspense film "Sumigaw Ka Hanggang Gusto Mo" (Shout While You Can) in 1999. He did his last film with Viva entitled "My Pledge of Love" again with Judy Ann Santos before moving to ABS-CBN.

Bondoc signed a five-year contract with the network and had his career managed by ABS-CBN Talent Center (now known as Star Magic). His first TV assignment with ABS-CBN was a one-month episode in the now-defunct drama anthology "Star Drama Theatre". He played various roles in the show ranging from light to heavy ones. Soon after, he became a regular fixture in the Sunday noontime variety show "ASAP" and appeared in the light dramedy "Labs Ko si Babe" opposite Jolina Magdangal and Marvin Agustin. Though he was busy with television, he was not able to do movies for almost a year since he still had an existing movie contract with former mother studio Viva Films. At that time he has severed ties with Viva and as a result, he had to wait till his Viva movie contract expired.

Bondoc made a movie comeback in 2000 via the horror trilogy "Tabi-Tabi Po" of FLT Films where he was paired with another former Viva talent Antoinette Taus. However the movie suffered low sales at the box office. However, he made it up by finally making a box-office success movie called "Trip" with ABS-CBN's movie outfit Star Cinema in 2001. He was quickly given a follow-up movie in 2002, "Jologs", which was also a successful hit. He also did other projects like "Attagirl" and "Pangako Sa 'Yo" while working with "Jologs". In 2003, Bondoc played the closet gay Wilson in the youth-oriented series "Buttercup". His last TV series appearance is in 2004 on ABS-CBN's fantaserye "Marina". That same year, he starred with Kristine Hermosa in Ngayong Nandito Ka.

In 2001, Bondoc was named as Official Spokesperson for Youth and Students by the National Youth Commission and Center for Students and Co-Curricular Affairs of the Department of Education.

During his stay in showbiz, Onemig was able to invest his earnings in real estate and became an investor in his family's businesses. Among his businesses was the Benedictine International School of Quezon City.

He is married to Valerie Bariou, a half-French, half-Filipina commercial model. They have one daughter.

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TV Series

  1. It's Chowtime (2004) ... Co-Host
  2. Buttercup (2003) ... Wilson Go
  3. Pangako Sa 'Yo (2000) ... Errol Garcia
  4. Growing Up (1997) ... Jomari "JM" Rodriguez
  5. TGIS (1995) ... Jose Marie 'JM / Jomai' Rodriguez
  6. Villa Quintana (1995)
  7. Eat Bulaga! (1979) ... Co-Host

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