Ayon sa Filipino-Italian beauty queen, hindi pa siya dapat sasali sa Miss Universe Philippines ngayong taon dahil pakiramdam niya ay hindi pa siya handa.
Pero dahil sa payo ni Rabiya, nagsumite si Celeste ng aplikasyon na nagbunga naman dahil siya ang nag-uwi ng korona.
Sa meet-and-greet PLDT Home presscon noong May 6, 2022, tinanong si Celeste at fellow titleholders kung ano ang pinakamagandang payo na nakuha nila sa former titleholders.
Sagot ni Celeste, “I would say it was from Rabiya. Actually, me and Rabiya are very close.
“And I remember that before submitting my application for Miss Universe Philippines, I was talking to her [Rabiya], and I was opening up about me wanting to join actually next year, not this year,
“And I was telling her I just want to prepare, to be one hundred percent [ready]."
Dagdag niya, “And then, and if there is something that Rabiya told me is, ‘You will never be 100 percent prepared. But it’s your choice. It’s either to do it next year or this year.'
“And she was really telling me that."
Hinimok daw talaga siya ni Rabiya na huwag nang patagalin pa ang pagsali.
“Rabiya is so straightforward," sabi ni Celeste.
"She was really telling me, ‘Go for it. Don’t think about it too much. You will never be prepared. You just have to send the application and then everything will follow.’"
Hindi naman daw pinagsisihan ni Celeste ang pakikinig kay Rabiya dahil siya nga ang itinangahl na Miss Universe Philippines 2022.
“So, it was one of the best advices because I was really listening to her.
“And she’s also one of the reasons why I decided to go for it.
“Thank you, Rabiya,” nakangiting sabi ni Celeste.
Si Celeste ang magiging kinatawan ng Pilipinas sa Miss Universe 2022 pageant.
Si Rabiya naman ang kumatawan sa Pilipinas sa Miss Universe 2020 noong May 2021.