It appears that the entire country is still in a state of shell shock after Celeste Cortesi's early boot at Miss Universe 2022. This is, in fact, the first time the Philippines went unplaced in the pageant after a 12-year streak, initiated by Venus Raj in 2010.
Netizens have since flooded social media with their opinions, feelings, and analyses about "what went wrong." Celeste herself has also come forward with her own thoughts about the results.
LOOK: Celeste Cortesi Reacts to Early Boot at Miss Universe 2022
A day after the pageant, the beauty queen shared a quote card from Instagram account @rainbowsalt on her stories. It read: "You're going to realize it one day, that happiness was never about your job or your degree or being in a relationship. Happiness was never about following in the footsteps of all of those who came before you; it was never about being like the others."
"One day, you will understand that happiness was always about learning how to live with yourself, that your happiness was never in the hands of others. It was always about you."
News correspondent Dyan Castillejo, who was with the Miss Universe-Philippines team at New Orleans, has stuck by Celeste's side throughout the happenings. She got to engage in a brief conversation with the 25-year-old, where she declared her gratitude towards her supporters.
Dyan also got in touch with Shamcey Supsup, national director of the the Miss Universe-Philippines organization. She states that she and Celeste already got to touch base, and that she assured her that "wala syang ginawang mali, and that she shouldn't blame herself."
Meanwhile, Celeste's fellow beauty queens have also expressed their support and pride for her despite the competition's outcome. Her predecessor, Bea Gomez, shared a photo collage of the two of them and Rabiya Mateo on her Instagram account. "You worked hard and represented us well," she stated.
And we, for one, are also very proud of you, Celeste! With a crown or not, you're still a queen!