Recently crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2022 Silvia Celeste Cortesi has always been vocal about expressing love for her mother Maria Luisa Rabimbi.
In fact, during the Question and Answer portion of the Miss Universe Philippines pageant, the beauty queen brought up her mom when asked about how she would like to spend her day if she could stop time.
She answered, “If I could stop time, I would spend it with my family, especially my mother. It’s been two years since I spent time with my family in Italy and I just came here by myself. So if I have a chance to spend one day, I would be with my mom and tell her how much I love her and miss her. Thank you.”
Following her win, Celeste shared photos of her mother on Instagram, smiling yet teary-eyed during her crowning moment at the pageant. On the caption, she wrote, “Far from each other, but always connected. To make you proud is the greatest fulfillment of my life.”
During a virtual meet and greet with the Miss Universe Philippines winner and runner-ups hosted by PLDT Home, Celeste reiterated her appreciation for her mother. She said. “I already talked about it a little bit in my journey but my mother is the most important person in my life. I’ve been away from her for almost three years, and being able to connect with her is very important to me.
“This weekend is Mother’s Day and you know, I can just be grateful for everything she’s done to me. She’s been so supportive during this journey for Miss Universe Philippines that I can just only say thank you to her. She’s been doing many sacrifices for me, my sister, and the whole family in the past. And now I just want to kind of give back to her in the best way I can.”
In relation to this, she also looked back on her answer during the pageant. “That’s why when they asked me the question – my final question during the coronation night, the first thing that I thought was really my mother because she’s really the most important and whatever I do, every single action I do, especially from here in the Philippines, I really know it’s for her. So I can just be grateful for having her in my life,” she said.
Sharing what makes her mother “uniquely beautiful,” Celeste, who was hailed Miss PLDT Home, said, “It’s really her determination. The way she is so strong, the way she sacrificed to provide for me and my sister as a single mom in a different country, which is Italy, it just says a lot about her strength and about her determination.
“It doesn’t matter what she goes through; it doesn’t matter the challenges or struggles she’s going through, she’s always strong and she can always help others. And that, I would say, is the most beautiful thing about my mother that I hope, one day, I would be able to be just like her,” she said.