In case anyone ever doubted it, there's nothing but love between Michelle Dee and newly-crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2022 Celeste Cortesi. Michelle even penned a heartfelt message for Celeste on social media, graciously cheering the latter on and reflecting on her own MUPH journey. Give it a read below:
"I have always believed that everything in life happens for a reason. As @celeste_cortesi and I gave our all to win the crown, in the end we always knew only one of us would win," our new MUPH Tourism titleholder wrote.
"No one can take her destiny away from her because she is queen, well-deserved and a true friend for that matter as well. Glad to have shared this moment with you just like we manifested."
Michelle coupled the caption with photos taken before and right after Celeste was declared the winner, captured by photographer Magic Liwanag.
After congratulating her pageant sister, Michelle recalled how she felt in those last nerve-wracking moments on stage. She shared, "This moment was probably one of the most intense in my life (so far) but at the end of it all, i’m filled with nothing but gratitude for the love, lessons and endless support I’ve received. No effort will go unnoticed and I promise to come out stronger."
Like Celeste, Michelle was one of the frontrunners in the competition since it began. Both of them have also represented the country in international pageants once—Celeste for Miss Earth in 2018, and Michelle for Miss World in 2019.
Michelle's post has left fans wondering if she would be attempting to bag another national title. After all, she does have a year to go before she turns 28, which is the age limit for most international pageants.
Either way, we're definitely looking forward to seeing more of the actress and beauty queen as our Miss Universe Philippines Tourism for 2022.
Congratulations and good luck, Michelle!
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