Miss Universe Philippines 2023, Michelle Marquez Dee, has always been an inspiration for many. Her journey to empowerment is not just a story of personal growth but also a tale of hope, dedication, and the pursuit of positive change. As a brand ambassador for PLDT Home, Michelle’s story is intertwined with the values and missions of the brand. Let’s take a closer look at Michelle Marquez Dee’s inspiring journey, her strong family bonds, and her dedication to creating positive change, and how all these blend with her role as a PLDT Home Ambassador.
The Night That Changed Everything for Michelle Marquez Dee
“It felt like forever.” These are the words of Michelle Marquez Dee, Miss Universe Philippines 2023, describing the moment she was crowned as the winner last May. Michelle’s remarkable journey to empowerment and advocacy has not only captured the hearts of many but also impressed PLDT Inc. Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, who proudly hails her as the perfect fit to represent the Philippines at the Miss Universe pageant in El Salvador in November.
A Journey of Dedication and Triumph
At the age of 28, Michelle is not only a beauty queen but also a brand ambassador for PLDT Home. Her hard work and dedication culminated in that life-changing moment when she was announced as the winner. Michelle’s passion and commitment have been recognized by PLDT Inc. It is easy to believe that she is now set to represent the Philippines on a global stage.
Chairman MVP’s Seal of Approval
Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan expressed his confidence in Michelle. He sees her as smart and confident but also authentic with her advocacies. PLDT Home stands firmly behind her. The country’s leading home internet provider believes she will be a strong contender and make her mark on the Miss Universe stage.
A Legacy of Strength and Inspiration
Michelle’s journey to success is not just about personal achievement; it’s a legacy she shares with her mother, Melanie Marquez. To those who don’t know Michelle’s mother was the youngest Miss International winner at the age of 15 in 1979. Melanie’s successful career as an actress and model serves as an inspiration to Michelle.
Despite her busy schedule as an actress, model, and PLDT Home ambassador, Michelle maintains a close relationship with her family. Through video calls, she stays connected with her loved ones, drawing strength and inspiration from her mother. Melanie instilled in her the importance of being a confident and empowered individual.
The “Snake Walk” and a Special Dedication
On the night she won the title, Michelle dazzled the audience with her “snake walk,” a choreography inspired by her mother. She dedicated her entire journey to her family, particularly her mother, as it coincided with Mother’s Day. This dedication to her family has been a driving force in her journey towards empowerment.
Michelle’s path to international pageantry faced a delay due to the pandemic. Her determination, however, led her to join Miss Universe Philippines 2022, where she won Miss Universe Philippines Tourism. Despite her busy schedule, she always found time to communicate with her family and friends. Thanks to the fast and reliable broadband connection provided by PLDT Home that made this possible.
A Platform for Positive Change
Now that she has the opportunity to push for her advocacies, Michelle is determined to make a difference. Her advocacy for autism is deeply personal, as her two siblings are on the autism spectrum. She sees it as her lifelong mission to ensure that individuals on the spectrum live fulfilled and empowered lives.
Advocating for acceptance, inclusivity, and awareness, Michelle’s aim is to create positive change for her siblings and all those on the autism spectrum. Her family’s involvement in charitable work, including her grandmother’s Inner Peace Foundation, has instilled in her a strong sense of giving back to the community.
Embracing Gratitude, Love, and Kindness
Michelle’s family has taught her the values of gratitude, love, and kindness, and she carries these lessons with her throughout her journey. She believes that giving back to the community is a responsibility for those who have the means. As the head of her grandmother’s foundation, she is committed to making a positive impact on people’s lives.
Michelle Marquez Dee’s journey is not just about beauty and success; it’s a testament to the power of determination, family support, and a commitment to making a positive impact. As the PLDT Home brand ambassador and Miss Universe Philippines 2023, she is ready to inspire and create positive change on the global stage. Michelle’s story is a source of inspiration for aspiring individuals and a reminder that with hard work and dedication, one can achieve their dreams and make a difference in the world.