However, such a pretty face, combined with height, would never go unnoticed. She later appeared on a television commercial, where she caught the eye of the owners of Viva Films, Mina Aragon and Vic del Rosario. They were the ones who were able to convince Dawn to try out show business.
Thus, from Rachel, she became Dawn and appeared on her first movie entitled Nakagapos na Puso, which was released in 1986. This was soon followed by One Day Isang Araw, Paano Tatakasan ang Bukas, Bondying: The Little Big Boy, Bakit Iisa Lamang ang Puso, Hindi Pahuhuli ng Buhay, Pangarap na Ginto, and Kasalanan Bang Sambahin Ka, to name a few. She won Best Supporting Actress awards from FAP and FAMAS, respectively, for Una Kang Naging Akin. Her first Best Actress Award was for Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit, opposite Richard Gomez who became her real-life sweetheart for sometime. During 1993, she flew all the way to Bangkok, Thailand, to represent the same movie in the Fourth Asean Film Festival. She also appeared in a number of suspense and crime stories such as the Maggie dela Riva Story, where she was personally handpicked by Maggie herself.
She also appeared on television, starting with Okay Ka, Fairy Ko, where she briefly played the role of Faye. She also played queen for Encantadia in 2006 and Ruth Abelgas in Lastikman in 2007.
Just like any other showbiz personalities, Dawn also has her own share of stories. There was a time when she and Sharon Cuneta were not on speaking terms because of Richard Gomez . During a shoot in her commercial with a well-known shampoo, she and another socialite Gretchen Barretto had been exchanging nasty remarks. The stories eventually landed in several pages of magazines, tabloids, and newspapers.
Today, though, Dawn is a picture of perfect bliss. She’s currently married to Anton Lagdameo, who is a business scion and a congressman in Davao del Norte, and had a one-year-old son, Jacobo. She also took some rest away from the limelight in order to live a normal life as a housewife in quiet Davao and to try conceiving a child. The movie Filipinas was her comeback movie. She is also the spokesperson for wellness products such as Myra 300-E and Marie France, who helped her gain back her pre-pregnancy weight. During her spare time, she shuttles from Manila to Davao and vice versa, as well as assist her husband on various community programs.