Dreams Come True! Will She Get Another Crown?

pilar mateo sni THE “P” TALKS!
BY: Pilar Mateo

WHO is Charo Laude?

She will be our country’s representative to the Mrs. Universe 2019 that will be held in Guangzhou, China on December 22, 2019.

When she was a kid, all Charo dreamt of was to become a part of German Moreno‘s “That’s Entertainment“.

“Imagine, twice ako nag-audition para lang makasiguro na matatanggap ako. Fan na fan talaga ako. Basta inilagay ko sa isip ko noon na makakapasok ako sa “That’s… Ginawan ko ng paraan talaga. Probinsyana ako pero lakas-loob lumuwas ako ng Maynila. Ayun, sa pagtitiyaga nakuha. Naka-four years ako sa “That’s… at nakasama ko sa batch sina Angelica Jones, Bunny Paras and Glydel Mercado.”

Charo Laude (6)

That was in 1993. In 1998, she ventured into another dream. Of becoming a beauty queen.

“I joined the Bb. Pilipinas. Napili naman ako. Ang napili to represent our country to the Miss Universe was Jewel Mae Lobaton. After the pageant, naisip ko naman na sa Mutya ng Pilipinas the following year naman mag-try ng luck ko. But, fortunately, buntis na pala ako and I got married na rin.”

Now, she’s entering a new pagesnt.but this time, the title is Mrs. Universe.

“When I got invited here, hindi lang pagandahan ang labanan but the advocacy you do. Na may nagagawa ka for your fellowmen. And ako, noon pa man talagang inilalaban ko na ‘yung violence against women and children. ‘Yun na ang isinusulong ko. To make people aware na may malalapitan na when it comes to cases of abuse among women and children.

“It looos like mae-enjoy ko itong pageant namin as Moms and Wives. Marami kaming mae-enlighten na mga tao because of that advocacy. Number one yung awareness, you know, kasi maraming kababaihan ngayon ang hindi alam ang mga dapat gawin sa, you know, kapag naa-abuse sila.

“Fight for their rights! Kasi kailangan alam nila ang karapatan nila kaya andito kami, magsumbong sila sa amin para malaman nila na may kakampi sila. Na malalapitan. They can look us up sa Mrs. Universe Philippines Finest Women page.

Her peg as a beauty queen is none other that our 1979 Miss International Mimilanoe Marquez. What about the walk she would do?

“Simple lang. The Charo Walk!”

Charo moonlights as an actress if and when she gets the chance.

“I am thankful that I am working with Manila Mayor Isko Moreno’s son, Joaquin Domagoso sa “Jolly Spirit Squad.”

“Ang maganda, hindi lang kami working as actors, naka-support si Joaquin da mga advocacies ko. So, every now and then he helps out in our feeding programs and medical missions. And we are both under the same management. Kaya, ina-appreciate kong mabuti ang samahan namin ni Joaquin, who at a young age eh, alam na ang kumbaga eh, purpose niya in life. Lalo na sa pagtulong sa less fortunate ones.”

If and when Charo brings home the crown, she will be looking forward to do more advocacies here and in other parts of the globe.

“God-willing. Bukod sa mga mahal ko sa buhay, I want din naman our country to be proud of me!”

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