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Pasay City’s Celeste Cortesi is Miss Universe Philippines 2022, beats Makati’s Michelle Dee, Bohol’s Pauline Amelinckx

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Silvia Celeste Rabimbi Cortesi, 24, of Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines is Miss Universe Philippines 2022. She was crowned at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on April 30, 2022.

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere and Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters hosted the coronation night. The ceremony featured performances by Filipino singers Bamboo Mañalac, Sam Concepcion, Francisco Martin, Arthur Nery, Morissette and JM Bales.

“If you could stop time for a day, how would you spend it?” was the question for Cortesi in the final question-and-answer portion. She answered, “If I could stop time, I would spend it with my family, especially my mother.”

“It’s been two years since I haven’t spent time with my family because they live in Italy and I came here in the Philippines just by myself,” Cortesi continued. “If I had a chance to spend one day, I would definitely be with my mom and I would just tell her how much I love her and I miss her.”

Silvia Celeste Rabimbi Cortesi (©Miss Universe Philippines)
Silvia Celeste Rabimbi Cortesi (©Miss Universe Philippines)

Reigning Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu served as a judge. Joining her in the judging panel were Francis Padua Papica, Tonee Co See, Margarita Gutierrez, Richelle Singson Michael, Sam Versoza, Lia Andrea Moss, RS Francisco, Jennifer Olay and Joshua Sorrentino.

Among the 31 candidates, Cortesi received the highest score from the judges. She will represent the Philippines in the 71st edition of Miss Universe.

The date and venue of Miss Universe 2022 have yet to be announced. The event will be aired on Fox and Telemundo.

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Michelle Daniela Marquez Dee, 26, of Makati City, Metro Manila received the second highest score from the judges while Pauline Cucharo Amelinckx, 26, of Bohol, Philippines, who ranked third, was crowned Miss Universe Philippines Charity 2022. They both received non-competing titles.

Dee represented the Philippines at Miss World 2019 where she finished in the Top 12. Amelinckx was third runner-up to Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo.

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Born in Pasay City, Cortesi is one of the two daughters of an Italian father and Maria Luisa Rabimbi. Hailing from Camarines Sur, Rabimbi is of Filipino, Spanish and Chinese descent.

Cortesi is 5’8″ tall and she speaks Italian, Filipino and English. She started working as a model after finishing high school in Parma, Italy.

On May 19, 2018, Cortesi represented the Filipino community in Rome, Italy at Miss Earth Philippines 2018 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. She competed against 41 other candidates and won the title.

On November 3, 2018, Cortesi went back to the SM Mall of Asia Arena and represented the Philippines at Miss Earth 2018. She competed against 86 other candidates and finished in the Top 8.

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