Cycle after cycle, the Philippines has  never failed to deliver fierce competition in AsNTM; however we’ve always fallen short of bagging the title. This cycle is different because for the first time, our bet was able to come through and emerge on top! Filipina-German Maureen Wroblewitz competed alongside Vietnam’s bet Minh Tu Nguyen and Malaysia’s rep Shikin Gomez in the finale.

14 hopefuls from all across Asia, 13 episodes and 3 months of anxious uncertainty of who’s still gonna be in the running to become Asia’s Next Top Model. The road wasn’t easy for Maureen (and us fans too!) as she had her low moments in front of the panel and in her stay at the model house too. But our girl is one feisty beast and only took the criticisms thrown at her to become a better model.

Let’s have lookback at Maureen’s AsNTM Cycle 5 journey.

P.S

She is not just a pretty face.

 

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EP.3

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Being in the bottom 2 is really tough. I was already mentally preparing myself to leave. I started thinking about what to do when I get back home, about what to write on the board and of course I thought about how hard it would be to leave my twinsies who have really become my two older sisters in the model house. Like I was literally sleeping in their bed 😂 #TeamGoodGirls 🙌🏽 We started the competition with 3 Filipinas and now there's just one more left. Never have I thought to be in this position this early. The stress and pressure are all on me especially because a Filipina has never won this competition. This is not going to be an easy journey on becoming Asia's Next Topmodel but I'll give a 100% at all times and never give up. This is all for you guys! I'm so proud of being a Filipina and I hope you keep supporting me! You are all amazing! Dream big ❤🇵🇭 @asntm #AsNTM #AsNTM5 #ExpectTheUnexpected #TeamPhilippines #TeamMaureen

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EP.7

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#OnlyLoveNoHate 💗 This was definitely the toughest elimination so far! Losing Valerie was so hard! She was one of my older sisters, one of my twinsies and one of the girls I've grown so close to. Watching the elimination on TV brought back all my emotions and I literally started crying again. Valerie wanted to stay in this competition so badly and it breaks my heart to see her disappointment about leaving so soon! It was so different not having her with us in our good girls room but I can't imagine how hard it must have been for Veronika. You deserved to stay sooo much longer Val!! So much love to both of you @valerie.twns @veronika.twns ❤ What do you guys think of our Zalora Fashion Film? @clarasutantio ✨ #StyledInZalora I know I'm starting to fall behind but I'll keep on fighting and doing my best to get back to the top 🙌🏽 Thank you all so much for the love and support 💗💗💗 @asntm #AsNTM #AsNTM5 #ExpectTheUnexpected #TeamPhilippines #PhilippinesOnTop #TeamMaureen #MaureenOnTop #TeamClara #TeamIndonesia 💓

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EP.8

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Top 5 ✨This week was certainly a really tough one for me but another week proven that I'm not just a 'pretty face'. Even if I won my second Best Performance this week, I still can't be fully happy. I feel like Tu when she was FCO and Layla had to leave the competition. First Valerie, now my other twin Veronika. Who will I now be telling my stories to? 😔We used to be 3 girls sharing one bed and now I'm left alone. I'm missing the times we would watch movies together or the times we would cook for each other. At least you both are back together again @valerie.twns @veronika.twns ❤ I'll keep aiming for the top and I'll also be doing it for you two. I'm so lucky to have met both of you, my twinsies! Love and miss you both too much ❤ #AsNTM #AsNTM5 #ExpectTheUnexpected #TeamMaureen #TeamPhilippines #PhilippinesOnTop

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EP.9

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WAIT WHAT?! BACK TO TOP 6?! 😳 At least nobody got eliminated this week and I'm happy @yshin.c got another chance ❤ I'm not really a fan of this photo but hey, I'm still in the competition and that's what matters most. In this stage of the competition I can't let my insecurities affect me anymore. I've always wanted to prove to everyone that I'm not just a 'pretty face' and I'll continue to do so but at the same time I also have to embrace it. Being 'pretty' isn't a bad thing! In fact it can be a great advantage. AND GUYS WE REACHED 200+K 😭😭 THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR THE AMAZING SUPPORT! LOVE YOU ALL TOO MUCH 💗💗💗 #AsNTM #AsNTM5 #ExpectTheUnexpected #TeamMaureen #PhilippinesOnTop #TeamPhilippines

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EP.10

A recap on AsNTM Cycle 5

EP.11

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3rd Best Performance and Top 4?! 😍 I'm so close to the finale, just one more step! • I've learned a lot about myself throughout this competition. But the most important thing I've learned, is that I never give up. I'll keep fighting no matter what and I'll be doing this for all of you ❤ I also wanted to thank you all for the amazing support! You all mean the world to me! So many people have been telling me how proud they are of me and you have no idea how much those words mean to me. I hope I inspire every single one of you to go out there and do what you want to do. Don't ever give up on your dreams because other people make it seem impossible! Anything is possible! You just gotta work hard always and never doubt yourself ❤❤❤ #AsNTM #AsNTM5 #TeamPhilippines #TeamMaureen #PhilippinesOnTop

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EP.12

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Who would've thought a 'pretty face with no skills' would fight her way to Top 3?! Tu and Shikin have been my biggest competitors from the start and it's crazy that I get to be in the top with them. We couldn't be any more diverse from looks to personality. The only thing we've got in common now, is the determination to win! Never have I expected to come this far! This makes me even more proud of all the things I've achieved during the competition. There are so many things I've learned and experienced, and now it's the last time I get to show it all. This week was very overwhelming for me. First, the really tough challenge, where I had to face my fear of heights in the most insane way and then the photoshoot where we had to create our own story. This is also where I decided to talk about my personal story, which wasn't an easy thing for me to do. After everything this week, I didn't expect to be part of the Finale. But I'm glad I am. I'm not done yet showing all I've got 💓💓💓 #AsNTM #AsNTM5 #ExpectTheUnexpected #TeamMaureen #TeamPhilippines #PhilippinesOnTop

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EP.13

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I still can't believe I'm saying this… but I'm Asia's Next Topmodel! It feels like a dream and I don't know when I'll ever realize that all this has happened to me. This has been such a crazy journey but definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience I'll never forget about. Before I entered the competition, I already doubted myself. I never even thought I would make it into the competition at all. But look at me now! 😭 I've learned so many new things. I've learned about different cultures, languages. I've learned about modeling. But I've mostly learned a lot about myself. I am stronger than I thought I was and I really don't give up! I was constantly called 'a pretty face with no skills'. But little did they know, it would just make me come out stronger and better. It became a perfect motivation for me to prove them wrong and to show them that being inexperienced doesn't mean you're a weak model. There were times where I felt like giving up, but I knew that it couldn't be an option. I was the last Filipina standing and a Filipina has never won before. I wanted to win this for my country – the Philippines and I'm so happy to say that I did. This is all for you guys! We won this together ❤🇵🇭 This experience has made me grow so much as a model and as a person and I'm so thankful for everyone involved. The support I've gotten from all of you is insane! I've never expected so many people to support me, a weird, clumsy aspiring model 😂 but I'm so grateful for it. Thank you all so much! I love every single one of you ❤ I hope I inspire everyone to do the same thing I did. To follow your dreams and to not let anyone bring you down. Do what you love to do! It's true! You're capable of doing anything, if you just go out and try! So work hard, it'll pay off. ❤❤❤ Thank you @asntm @starworld_asia for this opportunity!! #AsNTM #AsNTM5 #TeamMaureen #TeamPhilippines #PhilippinesOnTop

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You’ve made us all proud Maureen! #TaasNooFilipino

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