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Charlene Gonzales inspired Pia Wurtzbach to join Binibining Pilipinas for the third time

Charlene Gonzales says Pia Wurtzbach has what it takes to be Miss Universe and shared an old post of hers on Instagram as proof.

BY JOAN LEARY

FRESH SCOOPS

12/24/2015 12:24 AM
Charlene Gonzales inspired Pia Wurtzbach to join Binibining Pilipinas for the third time


122315-missu_main.jpgFormer beauty queen Charlene Gonzales took to Instagram to prove that Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach has what it takes to be the Miss Universe. Charlene shared an old post of hers before Pia won the crown.

After Pia’s interview with Charlene on The Buzz a couple of years ago, she posted a message for the former Bb. Pilipinas-Universe, who motivated her to join Bb. Pilipinas again. It took Pia three attempts in the pageant before winning the title of Bb. Pilipinas-Universe.


“Hi Ms Charlene! I'm not sure if you remember me but in 2013 we, the Bb Pilipinas winners of that year, had an interview with you in The Buzz. I remember you spoke to me backstage after & said that I should try again because the 1st runner up of your year also joined again & eventually got the Bb Pilipinas Universe title. I followed your advice & joined last year. Unfortunately did not make it to top 7 but then I tried again for the 3rd time this year & I finally won! I'd just like to say a big thank you for inspiring me to join again. You were the 1st Bb Pilipinas that I saw on TV as a kid. I remember it so vividly, after you won I tried to walk around the living room & tried to answer Q&A questions thrown by my mom. Anyway thank you so much. You're my first beauty queen idol & you're still one of my favorites! After the interview I saw your photo on the halls of ABSCBN, just outside our dressing room. I tried to take a photo of it when one of the staff members of The Buzz said "Bakit yan ang pinipicturan mo? Magpapicture ka nalang sa kanya. Halika sasamahan kita" and I said "OMG pwede ba? Sige po!" After we took this photo I went back to the dressing room and I was tearing up. Ara even saw it ?? Yun lang po, I'm really a fan.” Pia said.

Charlene answered her and said that she gave her encouragement because she saw that she deserves to win the title and she can represent the Philippines.

“Hi Pia.. Thank you I am deeply touched with your message. So sweet of you ;) I clearly remember the day I interviewed you and the talk we had after. I encouraged you to compete again in Bb. Pilipinas. I saw that you really have what it takes to be a winner and I did not want you to give up or to be discouraged ;) Remember, to never give up on your dreams. All of us are blessed with our own moments to shine. Just persevere, be kind, keep the faith, enjoy your blessings and trust that God's plan for all of us will always be fantastic ;) Pia, you are beautiful inside and out. Your beauty, kindness and humility is apparent and is a great asset. ;) Your time has come to shine, Pia. We are grateful, that you did not give up on your dream to be Bb. Pilipinas because we know that you will represent our country well in the Miss Universe ;) Your perseverance has paid off and we know you will make us proud. All of us are behind you 100 percent ;) Always know that your Ate Cha is here for you anytime. ;) Continue to be an inspiration, continue to shine bright and embrace humility with your success. ;) Bring home the Miss Universe crown Pia... You can do it... ;) From the bottom of my heart, we believe in you and wish you the Best... ;) Much love, inspiration and blessings to you, always... ;) love- Ate Cha ;),” Charlene wrote.


In 1994, Charlene represented the Philippines in the Miss Universe pageant. She won the Best National Costume award and was also part of the Top 6 finalists.