“Surprise! I apologize for the white lies. As difficult as it was, I had to keep this a secret… This is the new chapter I’ve talked about in a recent post and I humbly ask for your continued support,” she posted on Instagram.
The “Asia’s Next Top Model” season 5 winner previously said that she’s not yet sure about joining the national pageant this year due to the lack of preparation time compared to previous years. “I am not so sure yet because this is the year, I’ve heard, that you have the least preparation time,” she said. “I really want to be ready if I do join.”
Maureen addressed this in her post, saying that she decided to finally take the first step instead of waiting to feel ready.
“It’s true what I’ve said in my interviews. I’ve always considered dipping my toes in pageantry and committing to it when I felt ready. It was not until I received my sign from the Universe, that I knew I couldn’t wait for that feeling of readiness and that I’d have to take that first step in order to feel ready.”
“Reach for the Universe”
Despite feeling “terrified,” the 23-year-old model said that she fears “living a life of regrets” more.
“I’m terrified but I’ve come to realize that I just fear the unknown. What I fear most though is living a life of regrets. I don’t want to grow old thinking that I should’ve joined, alternatively I would like to say ‘I’m glad I’ve joined’. I’ve learned to stop saying ‘one day’ and instead I say ‘day 1’.”
She also encouraged her fans to keep their faith and pursue their dreams. “I hope through this I inspire you to reach for the Universe. It’s all up to you,” she said. “You can achieve anything you put your mind to and sometimes if you believe hard enough the Universe will conspire in helping you succeed.”
Out of the top 100 delegates for Miss Universe Philippines 2021, only 30 will make it to the coronation night on September 25, 2021. The winner will represent the country at the Miss Universe 2021 pageant which will be held in Israel in December.