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Miss Universe PH candidate Isabela Galeria withdraws from pageant after recovering from COVID-19

Miss Universe Philippines candidate Maria Isabela Galeria of Sorsogon has tested positive for COVID-19. (Instagram photo)

Miss Universe Philippines candidate Maria Isabela Galeria of Sorsogon announced on Thursday that she will no longer push through with the competition as her body is still recovering after she tested positive for COVID-19 last month.

READ: Miss Universe Philippines candidate tests positive for COVID-19

The beauty queen revealed last September 27 that she, and her father, tested positive for COVID-19. The situation opted her to halt all her activities and submit to a strict quarantine.

Isabela said after 14 days, she was supposed to be released but her body still manifests some of the symptoms.

“Following the 14-day quarantine, I was supposed to be released on October 8. As per protocol, I needed to be asymptomatic for three days before discharge. Unfortunately, I was still manifesting some symptoms,” she wrote.

On October 11, she and her dad recovered from the said virus.

“Last October 11, DOH declared my dad and me as COVID SURVIVORS. Praise be to God!!” Isabela wrote.

“I’m forever grateful to each of you who invested so much time and effort in helping me through this journey; however, even with a strong will to fight, my body is not well conditioned yet,” she added.

The 22-year-old beauty queen continued in her post saying that “now is not the right time to join the pageant” as her body still feels tired.

“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,” she said.

“I’m praying for your utmost understanding.”

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Marhay na Adlaw tabi sa indo gabos♥️ As you may all know, I tested positive for COVID19. I started to develop signs and symptoms on September 27, 2020, starting with nasal congestion and loss of sense of taste/smell. I occasionally felt like there was something heavy on my chest. Fortunately, it was bearable and didn't progress to a more severe level of DOB (Difficulty of Breathing). I then started to manifest rashes accompanied by extreme itchiness and dry skin. I woke up last October 3 with red, itchy, and teary eyes. I was under a handful of medications for more than two weeks to manage my symptoms. Following the 14-day quarantine, I was supposed to be released on October 8. As per protocol, I needed to be asymptomatic for three days before discharge. Unfortunately, I was still manifesting some symptoms. Last October 11, DOH declared my dad and me as COVID SURVIVORS. Praise be to God!! I'm forever grateful to each of you who invested so much time and effort in helping me through this journey; however, even with a strong will to fight, 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. I love you all!! Mahal na Mahal ko kamo!! 😭♥️ Salamatunon tabi sa gabos 🙏♥️ This is your Miss Universe Philippines SORSOGON 2020, Maria Isabela Galeria

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Isabela is one of the 51 candidates vying for the Miss Universe Philippines title. She also did modeling and was part of the Top 15 during the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 pageant.

The remaining candidates have started to prepare for the remaining activities of the pageant before the grand finals on October 25 in Baguio City.

The finals night of Miss Universe Philippines 2020 will be aired on GMA on October 25, Sunday.

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