February 15, 2023 | 12:00 am
Celeste Cortesi shared that she loves to explore the world of showbiz after her first acting experience in Mars Ravelo’s Darna. The surprise appearance in the series finale on February 10 was quick to trend on social media.
In Miss Universe Philippines, she plays the role of Kevnar, the queen of Mars, who before the titular character Darna (played by Jane de Leon) thanks her for keeping the planet safe.
“It was amazing for my fans and I’m happy I did it,” Celeste told The Philippine Star and a few other members of the press in a casual interview on Monday.
“It was such an occasion because Darna is one of the most iconic characters in the Philippines, and she was the national costume in Miss Universe. It was written in Tagalog and not a single word of English. But I could. like three days for me to really study. It was a very fun experience. It’s actually very challenging. It was my first time doing it, as it was all written in Tagalog and in a common script that was never really done,” he said.
“It was a few days ago (that JRB Creative Production offered a job) and I was very surprised, but I really challenged. It was the first time I used acting. It was the first time I used it in Tagalog. I’m really grateful. I’m just doing my best to always do it. I hope more doors will open “
She was also grateful for the opportunity “to work with very professional and talented people.”
“This is the first time for me. I have so much to learn and so much to explore and I’m really looking forward to what will happen after Miss Universe.
Joining showbiz could fully be the next step for the Fil-Italian beauty and she welcomed it. “I would love to. Honestly, I’ve already explored. I’m looking forward to the next step. I’m learning to speak Tagalog, so I’m very focused. I have time to learn,” he shared.
“I’m really just excited about what to eat. I want to grow, I want to come out of my comfort zone, which I’ve done for a long time. I’m excited to try new things. There’s always an opportunity. When a door closes, another one opens.
By “closed door,” Celeste indicated that she failed to bid in the 71st edition of Miss Universe held last month in New Orleans. The international pageant is hosted by Miss USA, R’Bonney Gabriel, who happens to be Filipino-American.
“Of course, everyone is very sad about things at Miss Universe, and I am too. But I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to represent the Philippines. And I worked very hard. I felt love, I felt favor. At the end of the day, I’m very grateful,” Celeste said.
While he didn’t get the chance to win the competition with R’Bonney, Celeste said he was very happy. “I remember taking a photo together, I remember we danced together at dinner. It’s really nice and I think he worked very, very hard for the crown. I always said it was weird, it’s weird. I’m happy for her and I think she will do great as Miss Universe.
STAR interview Celeste on the sidelines of the Stanible app, which is a one-stop shop for unique digital collections created by celebrity creators. He said, “I can learn a lot about NFT. I’m here with my boyfriend. Even here I have experienced a new experience.
In the highlight of her life, which can be shared on the Stanible app, she said, “To be honest, being able to win the crown of Miss Universe Philippines was the best moment. It was really good for me. And I really felt the love of the Filipino people. I’m not grateful.” Prior to Universe Philippines Miss Earth Philippines in 2018
When asked what he did shortly after Miss Universe, he shared, “I had two weeks to eat everything hahaha. So good. After two days, I started working again because I wanted to continue my life. I want to stay fit, I want to stay healthy. But sometimes after many months It’s good to let go of diet and sacrifices. You need a break and you really need to think about the health of your mind in some way. Now, I’m back, I want to focus on new goals, as it is.
The search for Celeste’s successor is now ongoing with applications currently being accepted until February 17th.
She was informed by a reporter of the aspiring contestants last February 13, including a mother, she said, “I think that Miss Universe has entered a new era, very inclusive of each and every woman. And a woman, especially a mother, can be whatever she wants, she can have a family, she can have a life, she can even to be Miss Universe,” she said.
“I really want to meet the candidates. I want to give advice and you know, it’s time to crown a new queen and represent the Philippines so I’m really, really excited for them.
“My advice would be to really enjoy the experience, work hard, forget where you came from, always be humble in everything and enjoy it. Because sometimes we have so much power of opinion from many people. But as long as you stay true to yourself, as long as you respect yourself first, everything would be OK. And I always say the same thing: Miss Universe is weird. Whatever happens, you will be very, very happy to see who is going to be the next Miss Universe Philippines.