MANILA -- "I wanted to show him hard work and perseverance. Kahit anong mangyari, try and try until you die talaga."
This was the statement of "Your Face Sounds Familiar" Season 2 grand winner Denise Laurel , minutes after the results were announced on Sunday night. According to Laurel, she dedicates her success to her 5-year-old son, Alejandro.
The 28-year-old actress never won a weekly competition of the celebrity impersonation show and, according to her, her son wept each time she lost.
"I never won. Every week umiiyak 'yong anak ko kasi hindi ako nananalo," she said.
A completely overwhelmed Laurel said she did not expect to be declared the grand winner. According to her, her happiness was doubled because her son was able to attend the finale and see her receive the trophy.
"I don't know what's happening. I'm just happy that he's [Alejandro] here right now. I didn't expect it at all," she said.
(READ: Denise is 'Your Face' Season 2 grand winner)
Laurel said her Christmas will surely be "more than complete" because of this victory. She also said that being a part of the top 5 finalists was already enough for her.
"Feeling ko talaga nanalo na ako. And then I got to do Beyonce. And I already felt like, for me, that's more than I could ever ask for," she added.
Apart from her son, Laurel's family and fiance, basketball player Sol Mercado, were also present to show their support to the actress.
Meanwhile, Laurel also took the opportunity to thank her fans and the viewers of "Your Face Sounds Familiar" for their support.
"Maraming salamat sa lagat ng bumoto at sa mga nanonood ng Your Face. And most of all, thank you to ABS-CBN and 'Your Face' for giving me this chance," she said.
Apart from the trophy, Laurel also won P2 million, half of which will be given to her chosen charity Caritas Manila.