Last night during the Fashion Show For a Cause hosted by ICSM Infinity Pageants – Philippine Global Queens at the Grand Ballroom of Shangrila at the Fort in BGC, members of the media were surprised that one of the two finale runway models of Designer Val Taguba (left photo with Celeste) is the beautiful Celeste Cortesi who resurfaced in the public eye after missing for so long during the past number of months- especially during the entire competition period of Miss Philippines Earth 2019 when she was supposed to crown her successor as the reigning titleholder. I could not claim that she was officially dethroned by Carousel Productions owing to a lack of official announcement about the real status of her absence.
Be that as it may, Celeste remains as gorgeous as the first day she landed on Philippine shores to take on a pageant career as the representative of the Filipino Community in Italy. And in my understanding, she is eyeing a next move that will bring her to Bb. Pilipinas 2020.
Any thoughts, dear readers?
Photo credit: Edmund Chua
The reigning titleholders of Miss Philippines Earth
From a reliable source, it looks like two of the five winners from last year’s Miss Philippines Earth won’t be around to crown their successors this afternoon at The Cove in Okada Manila.
First, there is Miss Philippines Ecotourism 2018 Halimatu Yushawu who – midway during her term – went back to her hometown in Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay and never returned to the disappointment of the organizers. Efforts were made to make her return to Manila and fulfill her duties and responsibilities. But to no avail. I was told that she realized what she has done belatedly, but was no longer allowed to return to the fold after incurring the ire of Carousel Productions.
And now, reigning Miss Philippines Earth Celeste Cortesi will reportedly be a no-show later as well. She allegedly failed to fulfill her duties and responsibilities, just like Halimatu. A dethronement would have been automatic. But the pageant owners must’ve decided not to make a big deal of the situation anymore. It is likely that one of our former Miss Earth winners (or perhaps the duo of Ramon Monzon and Lorraine Schuck) will crown the new titleholder.
Somehow, I already felt this coming with Celeste shortly after she represented us in Miss Earth 2018. There were less-than-pleasant reports sounded off to me. The Fil-Italian girl is very sweet and charming. But the answer lies in that statement – she is just a girl whose lifestyle, cultural upbringing and preferences might not be in sync with what is expected of a Miss Philippines Earth Winner.
Let’s see if a surprise appearance will still happen later. After all, she was not openly stripped of her title. Yet.