'Oh and what a ride it has been!': Tracy Maureen Perez looks back at her Miss World journey
Tracy Maureen Perez looked back on her Miss World journey while sharing snippets from the backstage of Miss World finals night in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Perez, who finished at the Top 13, shared photos with fellow candidates, including the newly crowned Miss World Karolina Bielawska of Poland.
She wrote: "My @missworld journey has officially come to an end now that i’ve left the beautiful island of Puerto Rico! Spent the week there only with the best people and the best experiences, I can’t wait to be back and once again explore the wonders of the island of enchantment."
The Cebuana beauty queen also added that the experience was one for the books.
"Oh and what a ride it has been! Truly eye-opening and life-changing. My heart swells with so much pride, love, and honor that a simple person like me was able to walk the stage of the world and leave a mark that will forever remain," she said.
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In the same post, Perez, who celebrates her birthday on March 23, wrote a short but heartfelt message to her fans from the Philippines.
She said: "To my beloved Philippines, Mahal kong Pilipinas — this is just the beginning of an exciting and meaningful journey ahead! We are now seen, we are now heard, and we are never forgotten. Now i know in my heart that this is truly where I belong, para kay Nanay at para sa Pilipinas, I will always be of service."
"With love,Tracy Maureen Perez," she wrote, adding "Forever and always your everyday Filipina."
So far, the Philippines only has one Miss World crown, won by model-actress Megan Young in 2013.