If you thought that the actual coronation night was something, wait ’till you see what happened behind the scenes.
The Miss Universe Philippines 2023 Coronation Night was always going to get people talking. But who would have guessed that it would have caused this much drama? Social media was filled with fast and furious discourse on the night of May 13 and the hours after as netizens made known their opinions on who should (and shouldn’t) have been crowned on a coronation night that was anything but boring.
But while the show itself had many moments worth talking about, there were also some sweet and emotional moments the cameras didn’t catch during the evening. Luckily, we’re here to give these moments their deserved airtime. Scroll down for interactions that might get you in your feels.
THE SECOND CROWNING CEREMONY
In case you didn’t know, the Miss Universe Organization implemented a new rule where their stages will only be used to crown the one queen who will compete in Miss Universe. As such, unlike in years past, the other titles were not given during the coronation night, but at a separate ceremony at Okada Manila later that night. There, Pauline Amelinckx was named Miss Supranational Philippines 2023 while Krishnah Gravidez was crowned Miss Charm Philippines 2023.
PAULINE AMELINCKX GREETING HER FANS
@dewbeeeee My sentimental queen, pur very own transformational leader, JCI Chocolate Hills president, Pauline Cucharo Amelinckx, Bohol!! 🥰 #paulineamelinckx #missuniversephilippines2023🇵🇭 ♬ original sound – dewbeee
While Pauline Amelinckx didn’t take home the crown, the Belgian-Filipina beauty did solidify her status as a fan favorite. As fans were leaving MOA Arena, many were chanting Ms. Bohol’s name. And in a particularly touching moment, as Pauline was leaving the arena, she greeted her loved ones and supporters and began to cry. Somebody grab the tissues because we’re crying, too.
ANGELIQUE MANTO MEETING R’BONNEY NOLA
@davidguison queens ✨ #MANTObeTheUniverse #AngeliqueManto #MUPH #MUPH2023 #MissUniversePhilippines #Pampanga #MissPampanga ♬ original sound – David Guison 🇵🇭
Even though Angelique didn’t take home the crown, she at least was able to meet the current reigning Miss Universe in a moment captured by Angelique’s boyfriend, David Guison. R’Bonney gave the 2nd Runner-Up some words of encouragement and praised her answer for the Q&A portion, as she should.
MJ LASTIMOSA BEING A HELPFUL QUEEN
MJ Lastimosa’s reputation as the queens’ go-to photographer continues when she made sure to take pics of Rabiya Mateo and Jerich Gonzales backstage from multiple angles. We love a supportive queen.
A MOTHER-DAUGHTER MOMENT
@gmanetwork A PROUD MOM! ❤️ ✨ Melanie Marquez, a former beauty queen, congratulates her daughter #MichelleDee as she wins the #MissUniversePhilippines2023 crown! #MUPH2023 ♬ original sound – GMA Network
Beauty pageants run in Miss Universe Philippines 2023 Michelle Dee’d blood with her mom, Melanie Marquez, being Miss International 1979. And following Michelle’s crowning, she and her mom were spotted sharing a special moment on stage. That’s a winning family right there.
DAVID GUISON BEING THE BEST SUPPORTIVE BOYFRIEND
@dbquiruzcubacub @David Guison 🇵🇭 supporting Miss Pampanga @angeliquemanto #MissUniversePhilippines2023 #Pampanga #supportiveboyfriend #missuniverse #missuniversephilippines #muph2023 #angeliquemanto #davidguison ♬ original sound – dbquiruzcubacub – DB Cubacub
If ever Angelique Manto decides to compete again next year, (and we hope she does), we know she’ll have David there right by her side. He was so into cheering on Angelique that he was spotted standing up as she was answering the final question of the night.
RHIAN RAMOS CRYING FOR MICHELLE DEE
There’s nothing like having your BFFs there for you during your triumphant moments. Such is the case with Rhian Ramos, who was spotted getting emotional and crying after seeing her bestie take home the crown after all these years. Rhian is so real for that.