Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of Philippines defeated the 79 other contestants of the much coveted Miss Universe crown. She owned the crown as Miss Universe 2015 in Las Vegas, USA. This is the third Philippines’ Miss Universe crown, after Gloria Diaz won it in 1969 and Maria Margarita “Margie” Moran in 1973.
Cagayan de Oro is Pia’s hometown; she is a proud Kagay-anon, who is a beauty pageant veteran.
Apparently, she was initially declared as the first runner up for the prestigious pageant by host Steve Harvey, with Miss Columbia as the crowned Miss Universe 2015. Few minutes later, the host returned to stage to ask for apology that he made a mistake. That Philippines is the real Miss Universe 2015, he even showed to the camera the actual results on the card he was holding.
In the final Question and Answer portion, Wurtzbach and her fellow 3 contenders – Miss USA and Miss Columbia were asked: “Why should you be the next Miss Universe?” Wurtzbach confidently answered: “To be a Miss Universe is an honor and a responsibility. If I were to be Miss Universe I will use my voice to influence the youth and I would raise awareness to certain causes like HIV awareness that is timely and relevant to my country, which is the Philippines. I want to show the world, the universe rather, that I am confidently beautiful with a heart.”
Congratulations Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach the new Miss Universe 2015! You, indeed deserve the title!!