Miss Universe Philippines 2023 Michelle Marquez-Dee from Makati City during the coronation night held on May 13, 2023 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Michelle, who will represent the country at the 72nd Miss Universe pageant to be held in El Salvador later this year.
Michelle bested 38 fellow candidates from all over the country and became the crowd’s most favorite from swimwear to the evening gown and eventually up until the question and answer round. She was in close competition with other top 5 finalists, Misses Bohol, Baguio City, Pampanga, and Zambales when she nailed one final question given to all of them.
“The Philippines is home to very beautiful natural resources – from the beaches, the mountains, but I firmly believe that the best natural resource that the Philippines has is us Filipinos. We are the true heart and soul of the Philippines – with the way we are hospitable, with the warm smiles. And we are the reason why the world keeps coming back for more. No matter where the universe takes me, I will always be proud to call the Philippines my home. I will always be proud to call the Philippines y home. And no matter what happens, I will always be proud to call myself Pinoy,” Michelle’s answer when asked about the best that we could offer to the world emphasizing the newest branding campaign adopted by the Department of Tourism, “We Give the World our Best.”
Photos by Joy Arguil
Report by Alex Moico