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Model and Miss Universe Philippines candidate Christelle Abello hopes to work with Daniel Padilla someday

New calendar girl and Miss Universe Philippines candidate Christelle Abello says she has always had her eyes set on showbiz.

Model and Miss Universe Philippines candidate Christelle Abello hopes to work with Daniel Padilla someday-Rhea Manila Santos
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10/23/2020 11:03 AM
Model and Miss Universe Philippines candidate Christelle Abello hopes to work with Daniel Padilla someday
Photo Credit: @imdanielpadillaofc and @christelleabello Instagram



Good morning, Universe! ✨ Personally loving this glam look by @guillyvalenzuela & @itsjeffvalenzuela kasi natural pero PAKKKK na PAKKK hihi 🔥Which of my looks have been your favorite so far? Or better yet, what look do you want to see on finals night? 🤗👑 Also, please don’t forget to vote and help me be selected as one of the 8 girls for Frontrow!! ❤️ Please like my photo from the @themissuniverseph FB page. Your likes will count as your vote while other reactions will be disregarded. LIKE/vote na po for your Miss Aklan!! 👑❤️ Saeamat gid sa suporta 🥰 #LabanAklan #VivaAklan #ChristelleClear ✨ #MissUniversePhilippines #MUPh2020 #PhenomenalWoman #BeautifulTransformation

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After being launched as Ginebra San Miguel’s newest calendar girl, Christelle Abello definitely has a busy year ahead as she is also competing in the ongoing Miss Universe Philippines pageant representing the province of Aklan. The 26-year-old beauty pageant contestant was raised in the US to Filipino parents and admitted it has been a challenging year. 

“2020 has definitely been a difficult year for most of us if not all and I think that we’ve all shared great stories from our frontliners and our fellow kababayans who are helping out our fellow communities. Us being Filipinos, we really resonate with being resilient and we have the quality of being pushed forward and trailblazing. I think as long as we continue to keep that mentality, we continue to stay positive, then we will have a better year in the following year because indeed bukas siguradong sisikat pa ang araw. Being chosen as Ginebra San Miguel 2021 Calendar Girl is more than just a dream coming true for me. This is a dream that has turned into a reality and I am so excited for what’s to come next and I’m just so grateful and thankful to be a part of the Ginebra San Miguel family,” she said.



Christelle Abello, your 2021 GINEBRA SAN MIGUEL CALENDAR GIRL 😍🔥🔥🍻 I still can’t believe that I am the Calendar Girl for Ginebra San Miguel 🥺😍🔥✨ I instantly shed tears of joy when I got the call 🥺😭❤️ I am still overwhelmed and see this as a blessing from above 🙏🏼 I’m so thrilled to be a part of the GSM family, so thank you so much for the trust and confidence 🥰 Thank you so much to my family and loved ones for the never ending support and being 110% behind me. But most of all, thank you to each and everyone of you who believed in me 🥰 I LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH, CHEERS!🍻🔥🔥 #GanadoSaBahay #GanadoSaBuhay #GinebraSanMiguel #GSM

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Aside from having aspirations of joining local showbiz, Christelle said she is a self-confessed Kathniel fan who grew up in California watching teleseryes of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla on the TFC channel. “When I was growing up as a kid, my mom heavily enforced Filipino culture and values into the household. A great way of implementing this was practicing and learning Tagalog. And what better way to learn it than by watching it. My sister and I naging addict kami sa mga teleserye and every time we would watch a teleserye I would tell my parents ‘Gusto ko talaga maging artista.’ 

“We would come to the Philippines often to visit our families and when we did do that, I would see billboards left and right and I would always tell myself, ‘Balang araw magkaka-billboard din ako.’Yan talaga yung pangarap ko nung bata pa ako and kung nandiyan yung opportunity di ba why not? Who wouldn’t take that opportunity? I definitely am open to the idea. But for now I am still focused on this year’s pageant right now. I’m just excited to see what’s to come next. Pero if I could work with someone, male or female celebrity, I would probably pick Anne Curtis kasi I like her personality. Super humble, super down-to-earth. And then for male, I would probably work with Daniel Padilla because I’m a super fan of the Kathniel team,” she said.



Guess who’s ready to bring the Aklanon fire to Benguet? 🔥🔥😉 My @themissuniverseph journey is looking #ChristelleClear ✨✨ because I’m happy to announce that I tested NEGATIVE! 🥳 Be sure to turn on notifications for my posts and stories because I’ll be taking you all along with me digitally! 🤍 Miss Universe Philippines, here I come!! 😍👑 __________________ Photographed by @joshke_ Styled by @jannostyles Assisted by @iamrenzallapitan Designer @jobdacon Makeup by @guillyvalenzuela Hair by @itsjeffvalenzuela #LabanAklan #VIVAAKLAN #ChristelleClear ✨ #MissUniversePhilippines #MUPh2020 #PhenomenalWoman #BeautifulTransformation

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Keeping herself productive during the lockdown, Christelle shares how she worked on her advocacy to help connect local and foreign-based kababayans in times of great need. “At the beginning of this pandemic I actually contacted my family and friends on what to do to help our fellow kababayans who were out of work and also our frontliners. I actually started a fundraiser called Kapit Bisig Tayo in line with my personal advocacy which is calling all Filipinos wherever you are in the world to never forget your roots and your heritage. And to help out our fellow kababayans in any way possible. I pushed for it. I called all my family and friends in the States and I told them, ‘We need help here kaya tulungan niyo kami.’ And it was really successful so I’m really proud of that. I think kindness comes a long way, whether big or small. I’m really proud of those traits, the bayanihan spirit. I think that’s something that’s rare and not a lot of cultures have,” she said.

Not new to the pageant circuit, Christelle shared how she got into pageantry. “In the States, I joined my very first pageant Binibining Pilipinas USA And I actually ended up winning that pageant. Because I won that pageant, I thought I could further pursue the career so I moved to the Philippines around 2015 and I joined Miss World. I didn’t place top 5, I only got placed into the top 10. After that, my parents told me I should go back home to finish school so tinapos ko na yung pag-aaral ko kaya bumalik na rin ako para i-pursue yung pageantry. What keeps me going honestly is probably just the support that I get from all my family and my loved ones especially joining a pageant like Miss Universe Philippines, I’ve gotten the (support of) the whole Aklan behind me. And it’s just given me so much confidence and so much love. Nakakataba ng puso. When I feel positive about myself, I just exude a brighter, a lighter vibe and it just helps me proceed with my day. It also helps me become a better person. I just also love acknowledging all the lessons that I have in my life. I have so much to be grateful for. There’s no added pressure. For the most part, I’ve just become all the more confident with myself. There’s no pressure at all. It’s just made me all the more happy, all the more blessed, and I’m just so grateful and I feel all the more confident nowadays,” she said.