16 Nov – Although she was unsuccessful at the recently held 2017 Miss International pageant, Mariel de Leon admitted that she has learned a lot from the experience.
As reported on ABS-CBN News, the beauty queen who was out of the competition held in Tokyo after failing to make it to the Top 15, shared that she is really proud of how far she and the other contestants have come.
"I am going to put this in my good memories," she said.
In a previous post written on Instagram before the final, de Leon shared, "I loved every moment of [the pageant]; the good and the bad. It has made me a stronger, wiser, and empowered woman. More than I thought I ever could be. It has taught me to push my limits, to break down walls, to fight harder, to take risks, and to be courageous. I am proud of the woman I have become."
The crown was recently won by Indonesian beauty, Kevin Lilliana, who succeeds previous Miss International, Kylie Versoza of the Philippines.
On the other hand, de Leon's father, actor Christopher de Leon, shared that the beauty queen will resume her work, filming Coco Martin's "Ang Panday" as soon as she gets back to the Philippines.
"There is more to come. She is still Miss International-Philippines. We're proud of her," he said.
(Photo Source: Mariel de Leon Instagram)