Miss Universe Philippines 2022 winner Celeste Cortesi took to social media to pen a message as she reflected about her journey towards the crown.
In an Instagram post, Celeste remarked, "Good morning Universe 💫 Yesterday, as I was walking on that beautiful stage all I was thinking was my mom and dad.
The strength I got from them is indescribable."
Celeste remarked that her achievement is a result of a combination of hard work and faith.
"I’ve worked so hard for this, I’ve prepared. And I let God do the rest in knowing that whatever is meant for me will never pass me by," she stated.
The beauty queen also reflected on the growth she experienced for the past years and on how it became instrumental for her to be ready for the responsibility of the crown.
"I’ve grown so much since I came to the Philippines five years ago and I really promised myself that I would only join a pageant if ready to take the responsibility of a crown, and I am now," she said.
As the newly crowned Miss Universe Philippines, Celeste said that she hopes that she will inspire others to pursue their dreams too.
"Yesterday, I’ve received my second chance and I am beyond honored and grateful to be able to represent my country in the Miss Universe stage. I hope that with my story I can inspire so many to never give up on their dreams because through hard work, perseverance and faith you can achieve anything you want," she said.
Celeste also posted an inspiring quote which goes, "Don’t ever let your fears be bigger than your dreams. The risk you’re afraid to take will change your life."
Celeste was crowned as Miss Universe Philippines 2022 on Saturday, April 30, at the Mall of Asia Arena.
This is the second time Celeste won a national pageant crown. She won Miss Philippines 2018 back then.