June 19, 2018, 11:39 pm
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How Celeste Cortesi learned to love Philippine heritage

Newly-crowned Miss Earth Philippines Silvia Celeste Cortesi, who represented the Filipino community of Rome, Italy, has come clean about taking her having Filipino blood for granted. Celeste won the top plum last May 19 at the Mall of Area Arena. She was crowned as Miss Earth Philippines 2018 by Karen Ibasco, who is also the reigning Miss Earth. 

The twenty-year-old Filipino-Italian model, who will wear the “Philippines” sash at the Miss Earth finals this coming October, recounted her journey to a better understanding of the Filipino culture in a lengthy social media post. 

 “Almost 2 months ago I arrived for the first time here in the Philippines alone and I discovered a wonderful country and countrymen. “These two months have not been easy, but I worked, [did] my best … every single day to show myself and everyone that if you want something, you must struggle to obtain it [no] matter how long and hard the road is. Since I was 16, I dreamed of moments like these and the opportunity to work doing what I love. I know that this is only the beginning. I came here with a little knowledge of the language and it was so difficult, even now

I know that I have a lot to learn but I will [give] my best effort.”

The beauty queen has realized how fortunate she is to be of mixed races and cultures, and is beginning to enjoy the best of both worlds.

She thanked her Filipina mother for teaching her to appreciate Philippine culture, “which for a long time I egnored [sic] and I felt sorry for it,” wrote Cortesi.

She went on to list all of the people who helped her, including her friends, MPEI (Miss Earth Philippines Italy), fans, Kagandahang Flores beauty camp and Karen Ibasco, among others.

“Thank you for the trust & I promise you all that I will do my best to show that I really deserve this title. I am so proud to represent my country in the international final,” she further said. 
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