Her arrest in 1998 in Guam for alleged drug possession sparked debate between the church and the government (then led by actor-turned-politician Joseph Estrada. The church assailed the government's move to raise bond to bail $50,000 or P2 million for her liberty.
At 15, when she was a high school junior at St. Scholastica's College Marikina, Philippines, she won the Miss Hawaiian Tropic pageant. She represented the Philippines in the finals in Daytona Beach, Florida.
In 1994, when she was a tourism major at the University of Santo Tomas, she joined the Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant and became one of the title holders, together with Charlene Gonzales, who was crowned Binibining Pilipinas Universe.
She competed in the Miss International tilt in Tokyo, Japan and made it to the top 10 finalists and also won Miss Friendship in 1994.
In high school, Alma was a member of the drama club. At 14, she joined PETA and became part of the legitimate stage.
Her ultimate dream is to write her own book.
A beauty queen-turned-movie star.
Son: Cobie with her former lover, lawyer Dodie Puno.
Enrolled in a one-year diploma course in International Business at Southville International School.
Owns a Jamaican restaurant, Montego, in Libis, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines and also a company for organizing events.