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Mariel de Leon holds no regrets at Miss International 2017 loss, thanks supporters

By: - Entertainment Correspondent
/ 01:53 PM November 16, 2017

Mariel De Leon. Image: Instagram/@mariaangelicadl

Philippine bet Maria Angelica “Mariel” De Leon holds no regrets despite losing the Miss International 2017 crown.

Held last Nov. 14 in Tokyo, Japan, De Leon failed to clinch a spot into the top 15.

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However, the young beauty queen feels no regret, as she considers her whole journey an unforgettable experience.

Much as she never even thought she would have the chance to represent the country in the global stage, she feels thankful for the love of her fans.

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She gave her heartfelt gratitude to her supporters through a recent Instagram post.

“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),” she wrote.

She also gave herself a pat on the back for a fight well-fought.

“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!” she wrote.

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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! 🙏🏻

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Delegates from countries such as Curacao, Venezuela, Slovakia, United Kingdom, Ghana, Honduras, Japan, Ecuador, Finland, Laos, Indonesia, Panama, Thailand, Australia and South Africa all advanced to the top 15.

Kevin Lilliana of Indonesia was hailed Miss International 2017.

Although the Philippine representative did not win, Filipinos still holds pride as Lilliana was trained under one of the country’s leading pageant camps, Kagandahang Flores.

Fourth runner-up Natsuki Tsutsui of Japan was also trained under the said camp. JB

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