One of the most fashionable Instagram darlings, Angelique Manto, has officially applied for the Miss Universe Philippines 2023 pageant!
In a social media post, the television and events host revealed to friends and fans that she is “[taking] the leap] toward her dream and submitted her application to join the beauty competition. She also honored her late father in her announcement as her visit to the MUP office coincided with the day of his passing.
“Trying out for my biggest dream on the day that brought my biggest heartbreak,” Angelique wrote. “Today feels like a full circle moment for me — my last memory with my dad was him carrying me on his wheelchair as I won Miss Pampanga back in 2014. Eight years ago, on February 13th, my dad took his last breath. I was seconds too late from catching the bus that would’ve brought me back home in his arms — I missed the opportunity to bid my last goodbye to him, it has been my biggest regret since.”
“So when you ask me how important today is — it means the universe to me. It’s as if this was all made to happen today. That I get to finally take the leap towards my dream, our dream, on the day I will always remember my papa. An opportunity I dare not waste, I will not regret,” she continued. “I know he’s always been proud of me but will even be prouder than ever before as I assume an old promise – this is an ode to my dad.”
— Angelique Manto (@AngeliqueManto) February 13, 2023
Angelique is no stranger to the pageant world, having won Mutya Ning Kapampangan 2014 and Mutya Ning Lubao 2014. She was also a former UAAP courtside reporter. Currently, she is dating fellow influencer and style icon David Guison.
We wish her the best of luck in this journey!
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