Vincy Vacalares, the Miss Universe Philippines candidate representing Cagayan de Oro, said on Friday, October 16, that she had tested positive for COVID-19.
In an Instagram post, Vacalares said that her positive COVID-19 test results came last October 14, which meant she would be withdrawing from her "journey to the Miss Universe Philippines crown this year."
"My team and I did all our best to strictly follow all the health and safety protocols, but still the virus hit me. To those I had in close contact with, please inform the City Health Officers so they can also check on your state. I pray that you are safe from the virus," she wrote.
She is currently confined in St. Luke’s Medical Center in Manila, and assures her fans that she is "in good hands."
"I sincerely apologize for what happened. Please be always on the lookout for your health and safety," she added. She also thanked her MUPh team, her family, friends, colleagues, and supporters for their love and support.
Vacalares is one of the 51 candidates vying for the Miss Universe Philippines crown this year.