Nalungkot at nanghinayang ang mga tagasuporta ni Miss Benguet Shawntel Cruz dahil sa pagkakasakit nito ng dengue kaya hindi na siya nakasipot sa coronation night ng Miss Universe Philippines 2022 na naganap sa Mall of Asia Arena noong April 30.
Ang Miss Universe Philippines 2022 host na si Pia Wurtzbach ang nagsabi sa audience ng MOA Arena na hindi na kasali si Miss Benguet dahil “under the weather” ang aspiring beauty queen.
Unang nakilala si Shawntel bilang housemate ng second batch ng Pinoy Big Brother 8.
Sa pamamagitan ng social media ay naglabas ng opisyal na pahayag si Shawntel tungkol sa kundisyon ng kalusugan niya sa mismong gabi ng koronasyon ng Miss Universe Philippines 2022.
Nakasaad dito: "She who gains a victory over other women is strong, but she who gains a victory over herself is all powerful.
“Today would have been the greatest fights in my pageantry career. I have fought and worked hard for weeks, eventhough it took me only 4 days to prepare coming from a lock-in taping.
“I was given the chance to advance as an official candidate of Miss Universe Philippines 2022 because of Kumu.
“For the past few days I have been battling with fever, nausea, fatigue, rashes and frequent nose bleeding; I had to push myself hard to make it until the preliminaries because I know that I'm not that type of person who easily gives up on things. But then I had to pause and make my health a priority.
“Dengue is not something to be taken lightly. I acquired it during our travel activities.
“There's never an easy road when reaching your dreams but resilience is your inner anchor to stay true to your path even when there are obstacles and challenges.
“I may not be able to fight today, but there will always be tomorrow. At this point in time I've seen my greatest blessings. I have received more than the crown on my head.
“Grateful for my Almighty God who has always strengthened, protected and blessed me with Families, Friends, Fanmilies and My Province, Benguet. You all are my greatest treasures.
"Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.
“For in God's timing, He will make it happen. I'll see you all again.”
Base sa kanyang pahayag, may plano si Shawntel na muling sumali sa isang national beauty pageant.