Miss Universe Philippines Celeste Cortesi finally broke her social media break and updated her fans that she is now back in the country on Monday, January 23.
Celeste shared an illustrated photo of her wearing the Darna-inspired national costume and said that the entire year has been the most challenging and exciting part of her life.
“To represent my country, The Philippines, is my greatest honor,” she said.
She also looked back on her journey and how she stepped out of her comfort zone to pursue her dreams in the Philippines.
“I’ve always had the burning passion for my country, I was always very curious about The Philippines with its Islands, People and Culture and I will continue the pursuit of my Filipina Identity,” she said.
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“I’ve always known by heart that there are NO limits in 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 added.
Celeste vowed to continue her advocacies with or without the Miss Universe title.
“I now believe that my purpose is to inspire, and I will NEVER stop inspiring and motivating all of you, with or without the Universe Crown. I am committed,” she added.
“To my country, I stand PROUD to be a Filipina,” Celeste said.
She also paid tribute to her late father who became the inspiration of her evening gown.
“To my father, you guided me up to this day, you still are and will always do. I feel your protection,” she said. “If you are redirecting me to a different path, to what is truly meant for me, I trust you and I know I still am in the right place at the right time. Thank you, my guardian angel,” Celeste said.