Last Tuesday, November 14, Miss International Philippines 2017 Mariel De Leon represented our country in the annual Miss International beauty pageant.
Though she wasn't able to make it and bring home the crown, the daughter of Christopher De Leon and Sandy Andolong expressed in her Instagram post (@mariaangelicadl) that she still had a wonderful experience and she has no regrets because she gave her best.
Her full caption went:
"To represent the Philippines on an International stage with 69 other women was something I never thought would be possible for me before!
"What a feat. 💕
"Thank you Lord for this wonderful and unforgettable experience! As tiring and taxing as it was at times, I enjoyed every moment and I will keep it in my heart forever.
"Thank you to my supporters (both in the PH and around the world for all the wonderful messages) filled with so much love and support!
"Thank you to my mentors for guiding me and supporting me since 2013.
"Thank you to my family and close friends for loving me sooo much and for being my rock(s) haha.
"I’m so proud of how far I’ve come, how hard I fought and how much I grew & transformed!
"Strong, empowered, and brave is the new sexy. 🖤
"I still have my Miss International Philippines crown and now I can push my limits even more as to what else I can achieve and give to my fellow Filipinos! 👑
"'I know that every time I step on the stage it's a real gift, so I try not to take it for granted, and I try to make it an experience that the public can really participate in.'
"I gave my all and I know I did amazing therefore I have no regrets!
"To God be ALL the glory! 🙏🏻"
We are so proud of you, Mariel! You're still our Miss International! <3
Meanwhile, Mariel will make a big screen debut this December 25 in the Coco Martin-starrer "Ang Panday" where is among the leading ladies.