PIA in Manila!!!
By Raymund Thom Golez | Managing Director and Features Editor
Photos: JR Noses | Chief Photojournalist & Photo Editor
A fulfillment of a dream is what truly transpired in the life of PIA ALONZO WURTZBACH. A dream that is not just merely for her personally but for millions of Filipinos who have been hoping for a crown in the world’s most prestigious pageant, MISS UNIVERSE. Pia probably waited for this moment all her life. Now that it’s finally happen, the country’s third Miss Universe is looking at life with expectancies. And for the first time again in forty two years, the most coveted diamond crown of Miss Universe has once again returned to the Pearl of the Orient.
The New York-based beauty queen arrived early morning of January 23, 2016, a month after being proclaimed victor in the pageant’s culmination at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada. She will be staying at Novotel Manila in Araneta Center, her official residence for the whole duration of her homecoming stint. En route to Manila, Pia embarked on a brief official visit to Indonesia, her first international engagement as the reigning queen, but she will be returning back there after the fulfillment of her appointment and activities in relation to her homecoming stint which will last until January 31st.
The highlight of her homecoming is on Monday, January 25 for the grand homecoming parade in recognition to the honor she gave to the country. Plus, she is scheduled to a series of courtesy call visits to Malacanang, Senate, House of Representatives, and selected offices of the LGUs in the metro. “I’m excited to see the parade and be at the parade tomorrow. I’m looking forward to see the people live…happy and celebrating for me”, Pia shares.
An exclusive press conference was also organized on her behalf by the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. on January 24. Pia wholeheartedly answered all the questions thrown at her by the members of the press. Along with Pia, also present during the press event were Miss Universe Organization president Paula Shugart and BPCI chair Madam Stella Marquez-Araneta.
“You can’t pretend to be somebody, so it’s really very important for a Miss Universe to be true to herself, and that’s what I’m doing!”, that’s the strong statement given by Pia when asked about her thoughts and impression on how it is to be a Miss Universe, especially now that the crown is resting on her head. Pia also relived her Miss Universe journey particularly those that occurred behind the scene, for instance, during the preliminary judging. “We were with different questions but you don’t have to answer many of the questions, you’ll just have to answer whatever comes from the heart.”, shares Pia when asked about
how the preliminary interview took place.
Terrific Thursday is what people will be expecting on January 28 when Pia stars in a Miss Universe Homecoming Special at Smart Araneta Coliseum, where she will have the moment of her life as the people’s queen. She will also be given a momentous opportunity to have her victory walk as Miss Universe 2015, which she unfortunately missed during the pageant’s coronation night because of the unintentional mistake committed by the host, Steve Harvey. Pia will be wearing the royal blue Albert Andrada gown she wore to the Miss Universe finals, along with it, she will be reunited with some of her showbiz friends and binibini sisters.
More Photos during the Homecoming Press Conference by JR NOSES
Fore More Photos during the Miss Universe Grand Homecoming and Victory Parade, please check out Life N Style Central’s Facebook page, or by following this link: Triumphant Miss Universe 2015 PIA ALONZO WURTZBACH Returns Home