Her time may have been cut short in Miss Universe but Celeste Cortesi made her mark.
She recently wrote a touching tribute about her time as Miss Philippines in the global pageant.
Cortesi began, “The entire year has been the most challenging, and yet most exciting time of my life. To represent my country, The Philippines, is my greatest honor.”
She talked about her burning passion for the country, saying, “I was always very curious about the Philippines with its islands, people, and culture.”
Cortesi added, “I will continue the pursuit of my Filipina Identity. I challenged myself and stepped out of my comfort zone by flying here alone as a very young woman. I’ve always known by heart that there are NO limits [to] what you can achieve as long as you are committed to the vision and your intentions are pure, as I have done by pushing myself beyond my limits in the services of my advocacies, training, and learning.”
She went on to show her gratitude for the opportunity to represent Filipinos and pageant fans around the world.
“To my country, I stand PROUD to be a Filipina,” Cortesi wrote.
She ended her tribute with, “Love, Celeste Rabimbi Cortesi, forever your Miss Philippines.”
Read her whole message below:
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