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Charlene Gonzales
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Hosting the 2008 Binibining Pilipinas Beauty Pageant
Born
Charlene Mae Gonzales Bonnin-Muhlach

May 1, 1974 (1974-05-01) (age 47)
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Title Binibining Pilipinas Universe 1994
Spouse(s)
Aga Muhlach (m. 2001)
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair color Black
Eye color Brown
Major
competition(s)
Binibining Pilipinas 1994
(Winner – Binibining Pilipinas Universe 1994)
Miss Universe 1994
(Top 6)
(Best in National Costume)

Charlene Mae Gonzales Bonnin-Muhlach (born May 1, 1974) is a Filipina actress, television and film personality and beauty queen. Gonzales won the Binibining Pilipinas Universe 1994 title and represented her country at the Miss Universe 1994 pageant held in Manila, where she won the Best National Costume award and was one of the Top 6 Finalists. She is also an award-winning talk show host and a commercial model.

Early life

Gonzales was born to actor Bernard Bonnin and model Elvira Gonzales, on May 1, 1974, she has a brother, actor Richard Bonnin and her cousin is Bagets actor J.C. Bonnin who is now a pastor. She married Filipino actor Aga Muhlach on May 28, 2001, and they have twin children born on November 5, 2001 named Andrés and Atasha. Gonzales is of Spanish ancestry. She attended Bishop Amat Memorial Highschool in La Puente, CA. She graduated in 1992. She finished BS Psychology in University of Santo Tomas.

Pageantry

Gonzales won the Binibining Pilipinas Universe 1994 title and represented her country at the Miss Universe 1994 pageant held in Manila, where she won the Best National Costume award and landed in the Top 6 Finalists. She produced one of the most famous answers in an international beauty competition. When asked by the host about the number of islands in the Philippines, she boldly asked back, 'High tide or low tide?

Television and movie career

She hosted the dance program Eezy Dancing on ABC-5 (1997–1998) and Keep On Dancing from (1998–2001) on ABS-CBN and Viva Television Movies on Viva TV. She hosted the show, At Home Ka Dito, a Philippine lifestyle program airing on ABS-CBN. Adding to its branding as a show is the introduction of a reality TV treatment to its features, pioneering what may be a new trend—the reality TV lifestyle show.

In 1994, Gonzales got her first film role with Fernando Poe Jr. in Epimaco Velasco: NBI. She also starred in Ben Delubyo with Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. in (1998) and Resbak with Phillip Salvador (1998).

Television

Year Title Role Network
2011 Pinoy Explorer Guest TV5
2010–2013 The Buzz Host ABS-CBN
2007 Proudly Filipina Host Q
2007 Binibining Pilipinas 2007 Host ABS-CBN
2004–2007 At Home Ka Dito Host
2002–2004 Feel at Home with Charlene Host
1998–2001 Keep on Dancing Host
1997 1 for 3 Marillen GMA Network
1997–1998 Eezy Dancing Host ABC
1997–2004 ASAP Host ABS-CBN
1994 Miss Universe 1994 Contestant

Films

Year Studio Title Role
1999 Seiko Films Resbak, Babalikan Kita Vanessa
1998 Neo Films, RRJ Films, Viva Films Ben Delubyo Karen
1997 Viva Films Kalabog en Bosyo Marlene
Premiere Productions Kadre
Viva Films Bridesmaids Laura Andrade
Viva Films Bobby Barbers: Parak Virgie
Viva Films, FLT Films International Epimaco Velasco: NBI Mrs. Yolly Velasco
1996 Viva Films Dyesebel Dyesebel
Neo Films Bilang na ang araw mo Cathy
Viva Films Ikaw naman ang iiyak Annie Montoya
1995 Viva Films P're hanggang sa huli Jessica
Viva Films Iligpit Si Bobby Ortega, Markang Bungo 2 Karen
1994 Viva Films Ikaw ang Miss Universe ng Buhay Ko Perla / Pearl

Awards and nominations

Bb. Pilipinas and Ms. Universe awards

Year Organization Category Remarks
1994 Miss Universe 1994 Herself Top 6 Finalist (6th)
1994 Miss Universe Best in National Costume Won
1994 Miss Universe Most Beautiful Hair Won
1994 Binibining Pilipinas Binibining Pilipinas-Universe Won

TV awards and nominations

Year Organization TV Award TV show Remarks
2013 27th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Female Showbiz Oriented Talk Show Host The Buzz (2012) Nominated
2011 25th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Female Showbiz Oriented Talk Show Host The Buzz (2010) Nominated
2007 21st PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Lifestyle Show Host "At Home Ka Dito" (2006) Nominated
2005 19th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Lifestyle Show Host "At Home Ka Dito" (2004) Won
2004 18th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Lifestyle Show Host "At Home Ka Dito" (2003) Won
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