Miss Universe Philippines Charity winner Victoria Velasquez Vincent has decided to keep her Philippine crown, after declining an offer to be Miss Universe New Zealand 2021 instead.
Victoria, who was named Miss Universe Philippines Charity 2021 at the pageant’s coronation night on September 30, said that she was offered to be Miss Universe New Zealand 2021 “shortly after the coronation night.”
“After a week of contemplation, countless discussions with my family, friends and team, I eventually came to the decision to politely decline the offer,” Victoria said in a Tuesday, October 13 Instagram post.
“So many people will say I’m crazy for turning down this opportunity, but I had to choose what I know in my heart was the right thing to do,” she added.
Victoria, who was born and raised in New Zealand, said that her heart is and always will be “here to serve the Philippines.”
“Some may say I’m not Filipina enough, and that’s ok. I know who I am. I know what I stand for. I am a Filipina,” the 26-year-old beauty queen said.
She thanked the Miss Universe New Zealand organization for their kindness, expressing her gratitude for their faith in her and for offering “the opportunity of a lifetime.” She also thanked the MUPH organization for “offering [their] support, regardless of what [she] decided to do.”
“I am so excited to see what the future holds for us, Philippines,” Victoria added.
Victoria, a relative unknown in the pageant scene, reached new heights when she was named Miss Universe Philippines Charity 2021 representing Cavite. Despite being new to pageants, Victoria quickly became a fan favorite throughout the competition, winning audiences over with her poise, eloquence, and Irish-Filipina beauty.
During the coronation night, Taguig’s Katrina Dimaranan was crowned Miss Universe Philippines Tourism 2021. Her title and Victoria’s were only introduced this year.
Beatrice Luigi Gomez from Cebu City was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2021, while Pangasinan’s Maureen Wroblewitz placed first runner-up, and Cebu Province’s Steffi Rose Aberasturi placed second. – Rappler.com