MANILA — Malacañang on Monday lauded Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach for winning the prestigious Miss Universe crown, deeming her triumph an honor for the entire Filipino nation.
“She is the embodiment of the Filipinos’ intelligence, talent and skill that has also gained recognition in many fields of endeavor by the global community. Her victory is a most welcome Christmas present to a grateful and hopeful nation,” said Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. in a statement.
Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda also credited Wurtzbach’s triumph in the pageant to the tremendous support of countrymen which helped propel her to become a pageant favorite and eventually led to her winning.
“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,” Lacierda 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 is the third Miss Universe of the Philippines, following in the footsteps of Gloria Diaz and Margie Moran-Floirendo who won the title in 1969 and 1973, respectively.
Over 80 contestants competed for the crown Monday in the Miss Universe 2015 pageant held in Las Vegas in the United States. Leslie D. Venzon/PNA/northboundasia.com