Lara Quigaman (MNS photo)

MANILA,  Aug 23 (Mabuhay) — Beauty queen-turned-actress Lara Quigaman recalled her student commute days while she was enjoying the sights in Italy with her husband, actor Marco Alcaraz.

In an Instagram post, Quigaman admitted that she only used to dream of the things she is experiencing now, as she thanked God for all the blessings she has received.

“When we were in Italy, I had a moment when I had to just stop and say, ‘Thank You God!’ Being in Italy with my husband, enjoying the sight, the food, the experience and just each other was wow! Those were things that I used to just dream about, you know?” said the 2005 Miss International.

“It was a humbling, overwhelming moment to realize how truly good God is, how He gives more than we ask,” she added.

According to Quigaman, she used to commute from Biñan, Laguna to Manila for school.  She said her money was just enough to cover her food and transportation expenses, so she had to be extra careful not to lose it.

“When I used to commute from Biñan, Laguna to UST (University of Santo Tomas) in España, I always only had the exact amount of money for a meal, and enough money to get to school and back home,” she recalled. “And so I used to hide my pamasahe in my socks or bra, in case ma-hold-up ang jeep na sinasakyan ko eh makakauwi pa rin ako.”

After her stint as Miss International, she went on to pursue a career in showbiz and has been married to Alcaraz, who is also an actor, for almost 12 years. They have three children. (MNS)