Celeste Cortesi embarked on a transformational journey of self-discovery that led to more than just discovering her roots, it gained her the love of an entire nation and a purpose beyond herself. Cortesi works with Save the Children Philippines focused especially on curbing hunger and the malnutrition crisis. The organization provides resources to the most vulnerable children to ensure they grow up healthy. It is a cause that is close to her heart, as it reminds her of her mother’s struggles in raising her and her siblings. She also supports MindNation, a mental health and well-being organization, that provides talks, training, and therapy to those that need it.
Cortesi hopes to continue her studies in real estate and to pursue a career in the field. Her biggest dream is to move her mom back to the Philippines and to buy her a house for retirement.
TO BECOME MISS UNIVERSE