‘Always about you’: Celeste Cortesi posts book excerpt after Miss Universe journey

January 16, 2023 - 1:54 PM
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Miss Universe Philippines Celeste Cortesi on stage in fashion by Portia and Scarlett during the opening of the 71st MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Competition at the New Orleans Ernst N. Morial Convention Center on January 11th, 2023 (Miss Universe Philippines/Facebook)

Miss Universe Philippines 2022 Celeste Cortesi shared an excerpt from a book after she failed to bring home the crown on Saturday, January 14 in New Orleans, United States of America. 

In an Instagram story, she shared the work of Toronto-based author Bianca Sparacino. 

The piece talks about the pursuit of happiness and how it should not depend on others. 

The text reads:

“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’re going to see it – that happiness was always about the discovery, the hope, the listening to your heart and following it wherever it chose to go. 

Happiness was always about being kinder to yourself; it was always about embracing the person you were becoming. 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. It was always about you.”

Photo shows the Instagram story of Celeste Cortesi on Monday, January 16 (Philippine time) (Screengrab from Celeste Cortesi/Instagram)

Many Filipinos were in disbelief after Celeste failed to enter the Top 16 as she is among the frontrunners, according to pageant communities. This was the first time in 12 years that the Philippines did not make it to the semifinals.

Despite the defeat, many Filipinos also congratulated Celeste for representing the country. 

Miss Universe Philippines, fellow beauty queens and fans said they are proud of Celeste.

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USA’s bet Filipino-American R’Bonney Gabriel was crowned the 71st Miss Universe. She is the ninth Miss Universe titleholder of USA.

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