Among the four biggest international beauty pageants, Miss Universe is probably the most well-known, and the most popular one. However, this year’s Miss Universe will go down in history, as Philippine bet Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach took home the crown for her country, forty-two years after a Philippine contestant last won the crown.
This year’s Miss Universe pageant was held in Las Vegas, and the finals were held last Monday, Dec. 21.
The announcement of this year’s winner will indeed go down in history, as comedian and host, Steve Harvey accidentally mixed up the names of the winners, and initially had Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, crowned as the winner.
However, just as she began her walk, Harvey came back on stage and apologized for the mishap, and announced that Miss Colombia was the first runner-up and that Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, won the title and the crown.
This marks the third time that the Philippines has won Miss Universe, but this comes forty-two years after the country’s last win in 1973 with Margie Moran-Floirendo.
The first win for the country came in 1969 when Gloria Diaz won.
According to CNN Philippines, Wurtzbach was immediately congratulated by Malacanang Palace, who also mentioned that Wurtzbach is a good example and a representative of the Filipino people and of Filipino women.
According to ABS-CBN News, this isn’t the first time that Wurtzbatch tried to enter the competition.
The Philippine-German actress has, in fact, joined the Miss Philippines beauty pageant twice before winning the title that would send her to this year’s Miss Universe.
According to the report, she almost gave up hope after she lost the second time, but her determination drove to her to try again for a third try, which finally paid off.
Aside from her beauty, her answers during the competition itself won over the hearts of the judges, as she smartly answered a question regarding the military presence of the United States in the Philippines, during the question and answer portion.
For her final question in that portion, the model and actress told the judges that she wanted to become Miss Universe as she wanted to be able to spread awareness for causes such as HIV, and as she wanted to show “the universe…that I am confidently beautiful, with a heart.”
The Philippines has tried to win the crown in the past few years, but the closest that the other bets have gotten was first runner-up in 2012, with Janine Tugonon.
Aside from Tugonon, Venus Raj was fourth runner-up in 2010; and Shamcey Supsup and Ariella Arida were both third runner-ups in 2011 and 2013 respectively.
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