Miss Sorsogon Maria Isabela Galeria announced today, Oct. 15, that she will not be continuing her journey in the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 pageant.
Note the MUP coronation night is to be held only a few days away, on Oct. 25.
In a statement, Galeria, who recently won her battle against COVID-19, shared on Instagram that she simply can’t compete at this point.
She said, “My body is not well conditioned yet.
“With a heavy heart, I believe now is not the right time to join the pageant. I still feel tired, and I don’t think my body will allow me to participate in the activities of Miss Universe Philippines.
“I hope you understand this is something beyond my control. I’ve thought hard and cried for so many nights about this. I have the willpower, but my body is not cooperating.
“I’m praying for your utmost understanding.”
This leaves the number of of competitors vying for the MUP sash and crown to 48.