Some fine leaders are born women. And one of them is this feisty Lady Councilor from Mandaluyong. Make way to Honorable Charisse Marie A. Abalos!
This is her story.
The 23rd day of June, 1985, was a double celebration for the Abalos family. For Carmelita, the future First Lady of Mandaluyong, gave birth to lovely twins. While the destined Mayor, Benhur Abalos, was in very high spirits for his little bundles of joy. The proud parents gave the twins a common middle name, Marie, in reverence for the Virgin Mary. To distinguish the two, they named their eldest, Ciara, after the seventh-century venerated Irish figure, St. Ciara. While the younger one was Christianized as Charisse that got its origin from the Greek word, Charis, meaning “peace”. The latter would come of age and soon live up to her name which signifies: beauty, kindness, love, and grace.