Hours after being crowned as the Miss Universe Philippines, Celeste Cortesi posted a message on her journey and thanked those who supported her for the second chance to represent the country.
“Yesterday, as I was walking on that beautiful stage all I was thinking is my mom and dad. The strength I got from them is indescribable. I’ve worked so hard for this, I’ve prepared. And I let God do the rest in knowing that whatever is meant for me will never pass me by,” she wrote.
“I’ve grown so much since I came to the Philippines 5 years ago and I really promised myself that I would only join a pageant if ready to take the responsibility of a crown, and I am now. Yesterday, I’ve received my second chance and I am beyond honored and grateful to be able to represent my country on the miss universe stage.”
The Filipina-Italian beauty queen added: “I hope that with my story I can inspire so many to never give up on their dreams because thru hard work, perseverance, and faith you can achieve anything you want.”
Before Miss Universe Philippines, Celeste represented the Filipino-Italian community in Miss Philippines Earth. She went on to represent the country, where she placed in the Top 8 in 2018.
Celeste is the third Filipina who will represent the country under the Miss Universe Philippines Organization. She will vie for the country’s 5th crown in the international competition scheduled end of the year.