The Miss Universe competition stirred controversies in Charlene’s life. For one, who could ever forget her high tide–low tide reply for the initial interview portion? Her winning as Best in National Costume also received negative criticism. Added to that, she wasn’t able to bag the award.
Nevertheless, this didn’t stop Charlene from being ushered into the entertainment arena. She soon found herself acting in TVs and films, such as Kalabog and Bosyo, Ikaw Naman Ang Iiyak, and Dyesebel where she played the lead role opposite Gary Estrada and Albert Martinez. On TV, she was Philippines’s Dance Empress and hosted Keep on Dancing. She also played the sweet and sometimes ignorant cousin of Agot Isidro in Oki Doki Doc.
Charlene was also famous in being associated with some of the country’s ultimate bachelors. She was linked to Dodot Jaworski, son of former senator and basketball player Robert Jaworski, where she learned to hone her talent in the sport. The grapevine states that even Troy was her former boyfriend. Yet nobody was able to guess that she’ll end up with Aga Muhlach , a certified ladies’ man and one of the finest actors in tinseltown.
Their love affair ended in a beautiful and serene wedding in one of the churches in Baguio City on May 28, 2001. Though lavish, it was well attended by the couple’s closest friends and family. What brought more surprise to the event was Aga’s revelation that Charlene was indeed pregnant to their twins, Andres and Atasha.
Moving forward, Charlene may have given up her dancing shoes in lieu of acting as a home expert in her new ABS-CBN show called At Home Ako Dito. Her face has graced giant billboards of all SM Department Store branches as well as the boob tube, with her commercials such as Lactacyd and Jollibee, together with her kids and husband.
Charlene tries to keep herself fit by engaging in cross-training in gyms as well as biking around their neighborhood whenever she still has time. She’s also fond of badminton.