Now that she has the Miss Universe Philippines crown in her hand, Michelle Dee wants to make sure that the country will bring home the Miss Universe crown for the fifth time.

On 15 May, the beauty queen shared her thoughts of winning the crown for the first time on Instagram, writing, “It’s not done until it’s won. That has been my mindset not just for this year but for all the times I joined Miss Universe Philippines. No matter how it looks, it was never and it never got easier to prepare for each time I would compete.”

“Each year was full of hard work, sacrifices and risks that I hope pay off at the end. Winning this year validates not just to me but to every Filipino that with hard work, perseverance and passion, you can achieve anything.”

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Thanking her team, the designers, her family and friends, her fans, as well as the Miss Universe Philippines Organisation, Michelle promised that she will not stop her effort at winning the Miss Universe crown.

“The next chapter of my pageant journey is no longer my own. It’s for each Filipino that I will be representing in El Salvador. Knowing this doesn’t just inspire me. It pushes me to work even harder and to dream bigger. It pushes me to do whatever it takes to bring home the Miss Universe crown to the Philippines,” she added.

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