Miss Universe Philippines Tourism 2021 Katrina Dimaranan took to social media to share her journey in the beauty pageant.
"The last two months leading up to today as I am finally able to write this, has been an experience and journey of a lifetime. And I would not change one thing about my Miss Universe Philippines journey. It has tested me, challenged me, but ultimately brought out the best in me," she said in her post.
She remarked that though she was not able to attain her dream, she was able to gain new friends in her journey that she will cherish.
"I aimed for my ultimate dream, but achieving that dream was not part of His ultimate plan for me. And as they say ‘It’s not about the destination, but the journey.’ I gained new sisters and memories that I will keep with me forever and one day share with my children," she said.
Katrina also stated that she is thankful for the support that she received during her Miss Universe Philippines journey.
"I’ve received so many messages of love and support and how I’ve personally inspired so many of you with my journey and that truly makes my heart happy because I know I made a difference," she said.
Katrina admitted that she has been hurting not winning the crown but what's defeating the pain is knowing that she gave it her all on the beauty pageant stage.
"I have always believed that everything happens for a reason. I may not know or understand what the reason is for this is yet, but I know in time I will. Just like many of you, I am also hurt, but the hurt I feel right now is part of the process and my joy of knowing I left my heart out on that stage and gave my absolute best, defeats that pain," she remarked.
"In time I’ll be fully healed, back and stronger With that said I am beyond blessed and thankful to every single person that has been a part of my journey, and want to remind you to never give up on a dream no matter the outcome, remain true to who you are, and always stay kind and grateful. I can’t wait to see what else He has in store for me but I am ready and I am fearless," Katrina added.
She also congratulated her fellow beauty queens in the pageant.
"Lastly, so proud of my Top 5 Queens and please laban lang mga bes, for Bea Gomez @beatriceluigigmz our beautiful Miss Universe Philippines 2021 as she prepares to compete for our 5th Miss Universe Crown in Israel!
Let’s channel our fighting spirit for that fifth crown for Bea and encourage Team Katrina, Team Papaya, KatREYNAs (etc. dami kasi lol) to do the same," she said.
"See you all in the next chapter of my life journey mga bes! THANK YOU, I LOVE YOU MORE," she concluded.