Two years ago, when Mary Jean “MJ” Lastimosa was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2014 many starry-eyed girls probably dreamt of following her footsteps and meeting her in person. Nobody thought that a little puppy named Chloe also have the same “life goals” which came to fruition last April 3 when she and MJ met for the first time.
Monching Manalo Austria, the loving and dedicated “dad” of Chloe, shared with MetroPets the dreamlike meeting of MJ and Chloe during the former's meet-and-greet event in Eastwood City organized by the MJ All The Way Family, a Facebook-based group that supports MJ and other Binibining Pilipinas personalities as well.
“Uy mas artista ka (Hey, you're a bigger star),” MJ told Chloe after seeing the warm reception given to the three-year-old mini pinscher.
“When Kris Oliver, the Facebook page's admin invited us, I instantly felt starstruck and I canceled all my other schedules to be there. Finally, Chloe saw MJ who is super nice and sweet,” said Monching.
A queen in her own right, Chloe now owns several “high-profile” gowns, including a similar one worn by Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach during her epic crowning moment. But Monching said Chloe still occasionally wears her floral ensemble imitation gown of MJ.
Now that Chloe has met her idol, the fashionable dog will next wear a swimsuit! Now being summer and all, Chloe will take part in the Mini Pinscher Lovers Philippines pool pawty this month. Her swimsuit is made by Odra Pooch Couture, which also created her MJ Lastimosa and Pia Wurtzback look-alike pageant gowns.