FOUR awesome Fil-Aussie beauty queens – mothers all – will represent Team AustralAsia in the 2020 Mrs. Universe and Mrs. Classic Universe pageants. These married and accomplished ladies had been using their titles to raise funds for different charity programs and outreach missions especially in their country of birth.
Last November 1 at Panlasang Pinoy restaurant in Sydney, they were able to raise funds intended for the children of Mindanao. They also had an online meet-and-greet with several pageant media personalities in the Philippines.
They are Mary Rose Salubre, Mrs. Universe Australia 2020; Kristine Tootsie Aseron Santos, Mrs. Universe Australasia 2020; Olivia Rosete Wheeler, Mrs. Universe Oceania 2020; and Ceres Calizo Ledesma, Mrs. Classic Universe Philippines 2020.
Salubre, 45, a mother of 2 and originally from Leyte, migrated to Australia in 1994. She is a realtor and entrepreneur who had previously competed in an international pageant for married women in Bulgaria where she won the Mrs. Classic Galaxy title in 2017.
A headstrong and God-fearing woman, Salubre attributes her success to realizing what she had visualized as her future. She hopes to inspire women to do the same.
Rosete Wheeler, 44, is a mother of two from Blue Mountain, Sydney. She works as a barista/coffee shop manager. Originally from La Union, she hopes to own her own coffee shop someday. She wants to help victims of domestic violence, regardless of their age and gender.
Aseron Santos, 40, mother of three, is a runway model and pageant coach who is originally from Manila and moved to Australia in 1996. She expects to do a lot of charity work to help people struggling through the global pandemic, and is all for women empowerment freedom from domestic violence and education for children.
Ceres Calizo Ledesma, 56, with an only child, is the team’s lone delegate for Mrs. Classic Universe. Originally from Ibajay, Aklan, Ledesma migrated to Australia in 1993. She works as a laboratory aid at Douglas Hanly Moir Pathology in Sydney. With both parents being educators, her advocacy is education, helping sponsor poor but deserving students. She wants to be remembered as a role model with a golden heart.
Team Australasia was formed for the virtual Mrs. Universe through the auspices of Salubre, who is Mrs. Universe national director for Australia, Australasia and Oceania, and Tatta Saguin, Mrs. Universe national director for the Philippines.
The winners of Mrs. Universe 2020 and Mrs. Classic Universe 2020 will be selected via e-votes from December 1-24, 2020.