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Miss Universe Philippines 2022 Celeste Cortesi names Pia Wurtzbach as her "ultimate favorite" beauty queen

by Khryzztine Joy Baylon
Jul 19, 2022
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Miss Universe Philippines 2022 Celeste Cortesi (left) on Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach (right): "I was just so amazed at the overall performance of Pia. And she really inspired me in joining beauty pageants.”
PHOTO/S: CELESTE CORTESI INSTAGRAM / PIA WURTZBACH INSTAGRAM

Ibinunyag ni Miss Universe Philippines 2022 Celeste Cortesi na si Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach ang kanyang “ultimate favorite” sa lahat ng beauty queens.

Si Pia rin daw ang naging inspirasyon ni Celeste na pasukin ang mundo ng pageantry.

Read: Pasay City's Celeste Cortesi is Miss Universe Philippines 2022

Sa kanyang pinakaunang vlog sa YouTube na may titulong "Get To Know Me... More!!!” na in-upload noong July 15, 2022, sinagot ng reigning Miss Universe Philippines ang maraming tanong galing sa kanyang mga tagasuporta.

Kabilang na rito ang “Beauty queen you look up to (Filipino or Non-Filipina)?

Mabilis na sagot ni Celeste: “I would say Pia Wurtzbach, like, she's my ultimate favorite."

Dahil daw sa kanyang ina na tubong-Bicol, si Maria Luisa Rabimbi, kaya nakilala ni Celeste si Pia.

Lahad ng Filipino-Italian beauty queen, “I told this story so many times, but I remember in 2015, when she won, I was living in Italy and I didn't know anything about pageantry.

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“And my mom was going crazy because the Philippines won, Pia Wurtzbach won. She came into my room with a photo of Pia Wurtzbach.”

Ayon pa kay Celeste, bumilib siya sa performance ni Pia sa Miss Universe kung kaya’t na-inspire siyang pasukin na rin ang mundo ng pageantry.

"And that was the time I got very interested in joining pageants, just because I saw her performance.

"I was just so amazed at the overall performance of Pia. And she really inspired me in joining beauty pageants.”

Dagdag pa niya, “At the time... seven years ago, I still didn’t know what I wanna do in my life.

“So, that was the time that I actually said for the first time, ‘I wanna go to the Philippines and represent the Philippines in Miss Universe.’

“But it was just, like, a random thought, and then look at me now, I am doing it."

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Noong una raw sinabi ni Celeste na gusto niyang sumali sa beauty pageant ay sinabihan siya ng kanyang kapatid na babae na paano siya magiging Miss Universe kung hindi siya marunong magsalita ng English.

Aminado si Celeste na nahirapan siyang makipag-usap noon sa English dahil Italian ang kanyang first language.

Ngunit sa tulong ng pagpa-practice at Google translate ay natuto siyang magsalita ng English.

“I was really hard, of course, the first few months, like, you cannot communicate with people. It’s really, really hard.

“But then, after a few months, maybe six months or even a year, I was able to talk, to have a conversation, and it just was all natural to me to speak English,” pagbabahagi ni Celeste.

Si Celeste ay kinoronahang Miss Universe Philippines 2022 noong Abril.

Naging host sa grand coronation ang kanyang ultimate favorite na si Pia Wurtzbach, kasama ang kapwa nito Miss Universe titleholders na sina Iris Mittenaere ng France at Demi-Leigh Tebow ng South Africa.

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Bago siya nanalong Miss Universe Philippines 2022, kinatawan ni Celeste ang Pilipinas sa Miss Earth 2018 na ginanap sa Pilipinas. Pumasok siya sa Top 8.

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Miss Universe Philippines 2022 Celeste Cortesi (left) on Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach (right): "I was just so amazed at the overall performance of Pia. And she really inspired me in joining beauty pageants.”
PHOTO/S: CELESTE CORTESI INSTAGRAM / PIA WURTZBACH INSTAGRAM
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