Pia Wurtzbach's Miss
Universe crown a great Christmas gift for Filipinos - Palace
MANILA, Dec 21 (PNA) -- Malacañang considers the victory of 26-year old
German-Filipina Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach in the just concluded 2015 Miss
Universe pageant as a great Christmas gift for Filipinos.
Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. and Presidential Spokesperson
Edwin Lacierda both congratulated Wurtzbach in separate statements released
Monday, hours after she won the title.
“The triumph of Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach in the Miss Universe
pageant is an honor that is shared by the entire Filipino nation,” Secretary
Coloma told reporters during a press briefing held at the Air Force City in
Coloma described Wurtzbach as “the embodiment of the Filipinos’
intelligence, talent, and skill” that are recognized in the global stage.
“Her victory is a most welcome Christmas present to a grateful and hopeful
nation,” he added.
The Filipina beauty queen outshone 79 other candidates from around the world
in the 64th Miss Universe pageant held Sunday evening (Monday morning in
Manila) at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Meanwhile, Secretary Lacierda praised Wurtzbach for showing “tremendous
poise and control”, as pageant host Steve Harvey mistakenly announced her as
first runner-up to Ariadna Gutierrez of Colombia.
“In the first few moments of the original announcement, she showed
tremendous poise and control, and even more tremendous graciousness when the
real verdict was finally announced,” Lacierda said.
Harvey immediately corrected the mix-up and awarded the crown to Wurtzbach.
Gutierrez was named first runner-up and Olivia Jordan of the United States
placed second runner-up to complete the top three.
It was a victory 42 years in the making, as Wurtzbach became only the third
Filipina to have won the Miss Universe title. Gloria Diaz first took it home
in 1969, followed by Margarita Moran in 1973.
The tremendous support of Filipinos across the globe helped propel Wurtzbach
to become a pageant favorite that eventually led to her winning the Miss
Universe crown, Lacierda noted.
“In bagging this victory, Ms. Wurtzbach not only serves as a tremendous
source of pride for our people, but also holds up the banner of our women
and of our country—as a true representative of what the Filipina can
achieve,” he said.
“Indeed, this triumph is the result not only of her beauty but also of her
passion for positive change, as one who is confidently beautiful with the
heart. Over 42 years and today, once more the Philippines shines forth with
joy and celebration,” he added.
Wurtzbach was a model and actress by profession. She earned the right to
represent the country in the Miss Universe pageant after winning the
Binibining Pilipinas crown last March. (PNA)