MANILA – Celeste Cortesi was unable to turn over her crown in the Miss Philippines Earth 2019 coronation on Wednesday at Cove Manila.
Miss Philippines Earth 2018 titleholder explained that she was advised by her doctor to skip the event because of her allergy.
“As most of you know, yesterday I had a very bad allergy and following the advice of my doctor, I won’t be able to attend the coronation of Miss Philippines Earth,” she said in an Instagram post on Wednesday, before Janelle Tee of Pasig was crowned winner.
“I wish I could be there to turn over my crown and show my support to all the candidates,” she added.
Cortesi nevertheless took the opportunity to thank all those who have supported her during her reign.
She also wished her successor “all the best.”
“I will never forget the moment I was on the stage, I feel grateful for everything [that] happened,” she said.