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Charlene Gonzalez pays tribute to stepfather Pepito Vera-Perez

By: - Reporter
/ 12:47 PM June 02, 2018

Image: Instagram/@itsmecharleneg

Beauty queen Charlene Gonzalez paid tribute to her stepfather, Pepito Vera-Perez, on Friday.

The 1994 Binibining Pilipinas Universe turned actress fondly remembered her stepfather on Instagram. Vera-Perez, who is a member of the family that founded Sampaguita Pictures, died on May 23 at age 74.

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Calling Vera-Perez “Uncle Pete,” Gonzalez said that he was more than a stepfather to her. She said: “He was the father figure in my life and a great inspiration.”

“I will always be truly grateful to the Vera Perez family..,” she expressed. “One of the families I knew growing up & continues to have a great influence in my life.”

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She also thanked him for helping her mom, Elvira Gonzalez, guide her, loving her and her brother Richard Bonnin through the years.

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I fondly call him Uncle Pete. Although, he was not technically my uncle.. He was not only my stepfather.. He was the father figure in my life and a great inspiration.. I was not his biological daughter but he and his family treated me & my brother like their own. I will always be truly grateful to the Vera Perez family.. One of the families I knew growing up & continues to have a great influence in my life. From the time I was 3 years old to the time I got married, till now. Thank you for the love and kindness.. Uncle Pete helped my mom guide me, loved my brother & I through the years. Unfortunately, 8 years ago we lost him due to a severe stroke and that was the last time he could understand us. It still hurts today, to physically loose him forever in our lives. He was such a free spirited person, with such a kind heart. I know he is roaming freely and happily in heaven now. We truly miss you Uncle Pete.. 😥 Thank you for being a father to me & my brother!! You will forever be in our hearts.. We love you very very very much !!! May you Rest In Peace..🙏🏻 🙏🏻Uncle Pete.. 🙏🏻

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Gonzalez also recalled the time Vera-Perez suffered a stroke eight years ago. “It still hurts today, to physically lose him forever in our lives,” she said.

“Thank you for being a father to me & my brother!” she expressed her gratitude. “You will forever be in our hearts.. We love you very very very much!”

Vera-Perez’s remains lie at the Arlington Memorial Chapel in Quezon City. He is set to be cremated today, the Philippine Entertainment Portal reported.  /ra

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