Miss Universe Philippines Celeste Cortesi documented her trip to Italy in a YouTube vlog uploaded on Empire Philippines' YouTube channel.
"The full video of my trip in Italy is finally out on Empire.ph YouTube channel 💙 I hope you guys got the chance to know me a bit better," she announced on her Instagram page.
Celeste shared that through the vlog, people will get to know more about her backstory.
"I always talk so much about the importance of showing your vulnerability, the importance of being real and authentic. And I’m not going to lie, sometimes I am scared, too. Scared to be judged, scared to not be entirely understood. Here I share my story, the place where I grew up for most of my life, and while you already know the reason why I came back to the Philippines, now you’ll also know why I grew up in Italy. Here I share my family, my friends, my heart," she said.
Celeste also became candid about the struggles that she has been encountering.
"Every day I still read so many comments questioning and doubting my Filipino heritage. It is unfortunate and sad, but I hope that by watching this video you’ll get all the answers. Proud to be a Filipina, proud to represent the Philippines with all my heart, and proud of my Italian heritage too💙," she wrote in her post.
She then concluded her post with words of encouragement for her followers, saying, "Don’t ever be afraid to show who you are, to share your story with all the struggles and challenges in between. You have no idea the power you can hold by being your true and authentic self and how many people you can positively impact around you,🦋" she stated.
In the vlog, Celeste got reunited with her mother Maria Luisa Rabimbi in Parma, Italy.
Maria Luisa was interviewed in the vlog, sharing the challenges that they faced as a family. She also talked about how her daughter's journey in beauty pageants started.
Maria Luisa also shared her thoughts on Celeste's Miss Universe Philippines performance. "Maganda naman' yung performance niya and ano talaga siya determinada and talagang alam ko kahit dito pa kahit 'yung maliit pa 'yan, 'yung determinasyon niya grabe," she said.