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Victoria Velasquez Vincent Declines Miss Universe New Zealand Title: 'I am a Filipina'

‘My heart is, and always will be here to serve the Philippines.’
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Miss Universe Philippines 2021 - Charity Victoria Velasquez Vincent revealed in an  Instagram post that she turned down an offer to be Miss Universe New Zealand 2021.

The beauty queen, who represented Cavite, shared that shortly after the Miss Universe Philippines coronation night, she was offered the title of Miss Universe New Zealand 2021. 

"After a week of contemplation, countless discussions with my family, friends, and team, I eventually came to the decision to politely decline the offer," she revealed.

She continued, "So many people will say I'm crazy for turning down this opportunity, but I had to choose what I know in my heart was the right thing to do."

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Victoria, who was born and raised in New Zealand, wrote, "My heart is, and always will be here to serve the Philippines. Some say I'm not Filipina enough, and that's okay. I know who I am. I know what I stand for. I am a Filipina."

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Thanking the Miss Universe New Zealand organization for their kindness, Victoria said that she's "endlessly grateful" for the organization having faith in her as well as offering her "the opportunity of a lifetime."

She also thanked the Miss Universe Philippines organization for offering their support, regardless of her decision. Victoria also said, "I am so excited to see what the future holds for us, Philippines."

This year, the Miss Universe Philippines organization introduced two new titles—Charity and Tourism, which were won by Victoria and Katrina Jayne Dimaranan of Taguig, respectively.