15 March 2011

Michelle van Eimeren: the beauty queen who won a man’s heart

She is a beauty queen who came to the Philippines to win a crown but won a man’s heart instead.

Michelle van Eimeren is an Australian. She represented her country during the 1994 Miss Universe pageant, placing 11th among 77 other contestants.

But what should just have been a conquest for a beauty title turned to an entertainment career for her in the country. She also fell in love with a Filipino actor and singer, Ogie Alcasid, in 1996. It was ‘love conquering racial boundaries and even height differences’. Their romance brought forth two kids, Leila and Sarah.
Unfortunately, their relationship fell apart after 11 years. They separated legally last October 2007.

Van Eimeren re-married in November 2009 to Mark Murrow. His ex-husband’s girlfriend and Asia’s songbird, Regine Velasquez, sang ‘I Love You So’ in the reception.
The ceremony was held on 464-metre high Mt. Keira, Wollongong.

Van Eimeren now works as a wedding planner in Robertson, New South Wales. She wrote a children’s book before entitled “Butterfly” and used to pose for commercials and endorsements.

Her ex-husband claimed to be happy for her. They remained good parents and good friends. He already has another romantic relationship.

“At the end of the day, when you’re happy, if you’re okay, then you’re okay. It doesn’t matter what people say you have to do, what you have to do with your life. You’ve got to be true to yourself,” Michelle van Eimeren’s ex-husband

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