Beauty queen Celeste Cortesi is back in Manila.
She made this known to fans via social media.
On Instagram, the beauty queen admitted her recent journey as the country's Miss Universe representative has been the "most challenging" and "most exciting" time of her life.
Celeste related that representing the Philippines, is her "greatest honor."
"I’ve always had the burning passion for my country, I was always very curious about The Philippines with its Islands, People and Culture and I will continue the pursuit of my Filipina Identity," she said.
Celeste shared how she challenged herself and stepped out of her comfort zone by flying to the Philippines alone as a very young woman.
"I’ve always known by heart that there are NO limits in what you can achieve as long as you are committed to the vision and your intentions are pure, as I have done by pushing myself beyond my limits in the services of my advocacies, training, and learning," she maintained.
"I am discovering purposes that goes beyond my self ambitions and I am immensely grateful to have had the chance to represent all Filipinos and all the sweet fans of pageantry around the world."
Celeste then thanked her team for providing a "safe place."
"You all believed in me more than anyone else and I am honored to be a part of this family," she told them.
The Filipino-Italian model also expressed her gratitude to her fans.
"I feel your love, I hear your support, and I see your messages everyday," she assured.
"And I will NEVER stop inspiring and motivating all of you, with or without the Universe Crown. I am committed," she reiterated.
Celeste also shared a message to her family and loved ones.
"I wouldn’t know what to do without you," she said. "I am the luckiest person in the world and even tho I don’t express it as much as I would want to, just know I truly love you."
She ended: "To my country, I stand PROUD to be a Filipina."
"To my father, you guided me up to this day, you still are and will always do. I feel your protection. If you are redirecting me to a different path, to what is truly meant for me, I trust you and I know I still am in the right place at the right time. Thank you, my guardian angel. Love, Celeste Rabimbi Cortesi. Forever your Miss Philippines."
The past few days, Celeste made headlines after her non-placement at the 71st edition of the annual international beauty pageant.
Note that it become controversial as it ended the Philippines’ 12-year semis streak.