After being named Miss Universe Philippines 2021 First Runner-Up during the coronation night last September 30, model and actress Maureen Wroblewitz shared her thoughts about what she is still grateful for despite not winning the crown which went to Cebu City candidate Beatrice Luigi Gomez.
In her Instagram post last October 1, the 23-year-old candidate from Pangasinan wrote, “I may have not won the crown but I have won a sisterhood that I will cherish forever.
“What a crazy experience that was but I am grateful for how it‘s turned out and I‘m excited for what‘s to come.
“I hope that through me I‘ve inspired you to strive to be the best version of yourselves!
“I have conquered my fear and I‘m sure I will conquer even more. I‘m blessed to have had the support from all of you. Thank you for everything! ”
In the same post, Maureen also congratulated fellow candidate Beatrice who will be competing in the Miss Universe pageant in Israel in December. “Congratulations to @beatriceluigigmz She is one of the kindest, most down to earth and sweetest people that I know. She is a fighter and she deserves the crown! I‘m so proud of her! Congratulations to all the other Queens. We were a very strong batch and we were all deserving of the crown,” she wrote.
Maureen also thanked everyone who supported her journey and also made sure to acknowledge the pageant’s organizing body. “Thank you to the Miss Universe Philippines Organization @themissuniverseph for this incredible experience! It‘s not easy to achieve all that you did during a pandemic. I can‘t wait to work with you ,” she added.
Last June, Maureen officially joined the Star Magic family as part of their new roster of talents. In 2017, Maureen joined the fifth cycle of Asia’s Next Top Model where she was one of the three Pinays in the competition. She won the season and bested 13 other contestants from different countries in Southeast Asia. She is currently in a relationship with singer Juan Karlos Labajo.
Earlier this year, Maureen opened up about her battles with mental health on social media. After a trip to her hometown in Pangasinan, she wrote in a social media post, "I have realized that in this new journey of mine I have been my worst competitor, I have always been. I pressure myself to improve but it only hurts me. It is okay not to be okay, it is okay to be sad and cry, it is okay to feel unmotivated and unproductive. We need to acknowledge what we are feeling and know that all our feelings are valid. A lesson I have learned the hard way.”
* If you or a loved one is in need of help, the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) has trained respondents to properly deal with those in need. Contact the hotline at 0917-899-USAP (8727) / 0917-989-8727. You can also contact Hopeline Philippines at (02) 804-HOPE (4673), 0917 558 HOPE (4673), 2919 (Toll free for Globe, TM)