MANILA, Philippines – Michelle Aldana, an actress and beauty queen titlist, is now making a name for herself in South Africa, where she currently stars in a "teleserye."
|The full story of Miss Asia-Pacific 1993 Michelle Saldana's life in South Africa will be aired
on "Rated K" this Sunday.
Crowned Miss Asia-Pacific in 1993, Aldana has resumed acting on television after leaving local showbiz to build a family of her own -- only now, she is more popular among TV viewers in South Africa.
Known for her sexy role in the 1995 film "Segurista," Aldana is now among the cast of the South African "teleserye" titled "The Wild."
In the Philippines, where she joined showbiz after her crowning, Aldana starred in over a dozen films, among them "Hindi Pa Tapos ang Laban" (1995)," where she starred opposite the late film icon Fernando Poe, Jr.
According to Aldana, her commitment to her partner at the time took priority over her career as an actress; hence, her "sudden disappearance."
"My boyfriend at the time was German," Aldana told magazine show "Rated K" in an exclusive interview.
"We were engaged, and we had to go back to Germany. Kailangan niyang bumalik sa trabaho, so ang desisyon, 'Sige, halika na.' A new phase of my life," she added.
It was in August 2000 when Aldana married Chris Heinermann, with whom she is known to have two children, Dustin and Kai.
Their family has since moved to South Africa, where she plays an active role in the country's Philippine Embassy.
A businesswoman herself -- she was reported to be the owner of The Midlands Forest Lodge in South Africa, a 20-hectare property -- Aldana is now encouraging other Filipinos based there to build businesses of their own.
While she has found success in her career in South Africa, Aldana admitted life there is not without its challenges. In an interview with ABS-CBN anchor Korina Sanchez, the former beauty queen said she is now separated from her husband.
"Naiiba kasi 'yung dynamics ng pamilya 'pag nagkakaroon ng mga bata. Nagkaroon kami ng focus na iba, na magkaiba ang direksyon. We were more of outgrowing each other," she said.
Now that she has managed to penetrate South African TV, Aldana said she is intent on enjoying herself as she raises her two children.
"I think it's the time for me to take care of myself for now, and I'm enjoying that," she said.
The full story of Aldana's life in South Africa will be aired on "Rated K" this Sunday.