Saturday, October 2, 2021

Former promo girl turned businesswoman vies for Mrs. Universe Philippines 2021 pageant

Mrs. Universe Philippines-General Santos 2021 Virgie Chua.

General Santos City bet in Mrs. Universe Philippines 2021 pageant, Virgie 'Ghie' Chua, is a perfect example of rags to riches story.

Before owning various businesses in GenSan, Ghie was a seasonal promodiser of various brands such as Rusty Lopez, Lee, Shoes Unlimited and Cotton ON for five years. She also worked in Sales and Marketing of MetroLifestyle Gym and Mont Albo for one year.

She was married at an early age of 19 and because of that she was unable to finish her Computer Secretarial course in ACLC AMA Computer Learning Center. 

Amid the challenges she was facing at that time, she did not let these difficulties discouraged her life. She made her way to the top through persistence.

Through her and her husband's perseverance, they were able to build business empires in General Santos such as Sumeiren Beauty Lounge and Wing & Stuff Food Restaurant, Ghie Boutique, Buy & Sell of truck and Fish/Tuna supplier, to name a few.

She is happily married for 15 years and is a loving mother to her 16-year old daughter.

She advocates for women empowerment by inspiring women not just in General Santos but all over the country. She wants her story to be an inspiration because she started from the bottom and from there, she was able to build her businesses. 

The 33-year old businesswoman is also an ambassadress of Police Station 7 of Philippine National Police and Bayanihan ng mga Ina. By being an ambassadress to our country's national police, she hopes to extend her advocacy to a large number of people. 

A virtual press conference was held Friday, October 1 to select pageant media. 

Asked on why she joined Mrs. Universe pageant, she said, "Ang Mrs. Universe is about advocacy. Ito yung stepping stone ko to extend my help. Kasi kung dito lang sa amin, hindi masiyadong open sa tulong. Ito ang gusto ko."

Virgie is proud of her birthplace, General Santos City. Her national costume is inspired of the two major festivals of the City called Kallilangan and Tuna Festival. Designed by Thing Camposano, it is embellished with beads, rhinestones, shells and some recycled materials with vibrant color and texture. 

Official national costume of Virgie Chua

She is one of the 18 contestants of the inaugural Mrs. Universe Philippines pageant. The finals will be held on October 7 at Okada Manila.

Three titles will be given - Mrs. Universe Philippines, Mrs. Pacific Continental and Mrs. North Pacific Asia. The winners will represent the country in Mrs. Universe 2021 pageant in South Korea in November.

Asked on why she deserved a crown, she said in jest, "I have the guts, all the talent and pretty face."

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