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BREAKING NEWS: PHILIPPINE'S PIA WURTZBACH IS THE 64th MISS UNIVERSE!


Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, left, and Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach react as they make the final three at the Miss Universe pageant Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas. AP Photo/John Locher Philippine bet Pia Wurtzbach is taking home the crown, after host Steve Harvey admitted making a mistake in declaring Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez this year's Miss Universe. The 26-year-old beauty queen is proclaimed the 64th Miss Universe on Sunday (Monday morning, Philippine time) at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gutiérrez was named first runner-up, while Miss USA Olivia Jordan was named second runner-up. “Is the next #MissUniverse from the Philippines? It's the final walk of the Final Look. pic.twitter.com/zIn3di5c5D — Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) December 21, 2015 ” In a bizarre twist, Harvey first announced that Gutierrez of Columbia won the Miss Universe pageant. It was only several seconds later, after Gutierrez had worn the winner's crown and hash, before Harvey realized that he announced the winner's name wrong. Pia bested 79 other delegates. For the question and answer portion of the top five, Pia was asked: "Earlier this year, there was a controversy in the Philippines about the United States reopening of military base in your country. Do you think the United States should have a military presence in your country?" The 26-year-old Pinay beauty queen answered: "I think that the United States and the Philippines have always had a good relationship with each other. We were colonized by the Americans and we have their culture and our traditions even up to this day and I think that we're very welcoming with the Americans. And I don't see any problem with that at all." READ MORE...

ALSO: Philippines’ Pia Wurtzbach is Miss Universe 2015


Pia Wurtzbach
Ending a title drought of 42 years, the newly-crowned Miss Universe is a Filipina. Pia Wurtzbach was hailed as Miss Universe 2015 during the coronation night held at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, United States Sunday evening (Monday morning, Manila time.). Wurtzbach bested 79 other candidates to get the crown. Before the announcement, host Steve Harvey made a mistake and announced that Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez is new Miss Universe, and Wurtzbach was first runner-up. Wurtzbach already thought she lost the crown to Colombia, which would have won back to back, until the host came forward to apologize. The show’s organizers even flashed the result card from Ernst and Young to the audience. Wurtzbach was in shock while already comfortably standing beside third placer Olivia Jordan, taking minutes to get to the front, where a shocked Gutierrez stood. READ AND SEE MORE...

ALSO: Miss Philippines crowned Miss Universe after live TV mixup
[The glittering crown was then promptly placed on Wurtzbach’s head. She later told reporters she wished Miss Colombia the best. “I’m very sorry, I did not take the crown from her and I wish her well in whatever she wants to pursue after this pageant,” she said.]


Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is crowned Miss Universe 2015 on stage during the 2015 MISS UNIVERSE show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, California, on December 20, 2015. Miss Philippines was named Miss Universe, but in a drama-filled turn worthy of a telenovela. The pageant's host comedian Steve Harvey, also a talk show host, misread the card which he said had Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON
Las Vegas, United States | AFP – Miss Colombia was wrongly named Miss Universe in a dramatic mix-up in front of a global television audience of millions Sunday, before the rightful winner Miss Philippines was finally handed the glittering crown.
The pageant’s host, US comedian Steve Harvey, misread his cue card and initially announced Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, had triumphed. She was fleetingly crowned and congratulated at the ceremony in Las Vegas and started waving to fans. But as she blew kisses to an adoring crowd, Harvey was forced to come clean and announce the real winner. “OK folks, I have to apologize. The first runner up is Colombia.”  “Miss Universe 2015 is Philippines,” he added as the music began anew, with the actual winner, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach — a high-profile actress and television host — looking stunned and mouthing “what?”  Harvey attempted to explain the error to a perplexed audience, who greeted the news with both cheers and boos. “This is exactly what’s on the card. I will take responsibility for this. It was my mistake, it was on the card,” he said. “It was my mistake, still a great night,” added the talk show host, saying the audience should not “hold it against the ladies.” READ MORE...

ALSO: AFTER MIX-UP WITH MISS COLOMBIAMiss Universe Pia Wurtzbach reaches out for peace with Latino community


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Other contestants comfort Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, top right, after she was incorrectly crowned Miss Universe at the Miss Universe pageant Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas. According to the pageant, a misreading led the announcer to read Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner before they took it away and gave it to Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, pictured on left. AP Photo/John Locher
Pia Wurtzbach became the first Filipina to win the Miss Universe crown in 40 years. And one of the statuesque 26-year-old's first goal as Miss Universe should be a familiar one for beauty queen: world peace. Moments after winning the title in a tense pageant marred by a mix-up in the announcement of the winner, Wurtzbach reached out to members of the Latino community hoping to heal a rift opened up by the evening's event. "I hope that I did not upset anybody like the Latino community, especially the fans of Miss Colombia," said Wurtzbach. "I'm the voice of Miss Universe now, so I'd like to send my apologies for any confusion that happened," she added. Host Steve Harvey incorrectly announced that Miss Colombia had won the 64th edition of the contest, broadcast live on the Fox television network. Wurtzbach, a Filipino-German actress and model born in Stuttgart and raised in Cagayan de Oro, was initially runner-up. But then Harvey announced to the audience that he had made a gaffe. Ariadna Gutierrez Arévalo, 21, of Sincelejo, Colombia, had already been crowned by Miss Universe of 2014, Paulina Vega of Barranquilla, Colombia, who was forced to remove the crown and give it to Miss Philippines. Olivia Jordan, 27, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, finished third. "I'd like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia and Miss Philippines for my huge mistake," Harvey said on Twitter. "I feel terrible." Colombia's statement Arévalo, surrounded by her fellow candidates, responded to the announcement blunder in a video posted in the official Facebook account of the pageant. In the video, she thanked her fans for the support and stated that she is happy about the results, adding, "Everything happens for a reason." The friends she made in the pageant wrapped her in an embrace and expressed love for her after she delivered her statement. But Colombian fans in attendance weren't quite as gracious. "It's a joke," a Colombian spectator told GMA News stringer Marvin Tomandao.READ MORE...

ALSO: Pia Wurtzbach is PH's third Miss Universe winner


– The Philippines now has three Miss Universe winners. Pia Wurtzbach, 26, made history by winning Miss Universe 2015, bringing home the third crown for the country. She now joins Gloria Diaz and Margie Moran, who won in 1969 and 1973, respectively.
During the pageant held in Las Vegas on Sunday (Monday in Manila), Wurtzbach was initially declared first runner-up by host Steve Harvey, with Miss Colombia given the Miss Universe crown. But minutes later, Harvey returned on stage, saying he made a mistake. Turns out, Wurtzbach is the real Miss Universe 2015 winner. “I have to apologize. The first runner-up is Colombia!” A visibly shocked Wurtzbach emerged from the group of beauty queens and was eventually given the crown. Colombia was named first runner-up, while Miss USA was still second runner-up. Confidently beautiful with a heart Wurtzbach consistently topped the Miss Universe 2015 Global Fan Vote, which is based on online votes by audience members during the pageant’s live telecast. The Filipina beauty queen got top marks from voters during the swimsuit, evening gown and question and answer portion of the pageant. During the Top 5 question and answer portion, Wurtzbach was asked about the reopening of US military bases in the Philippines. “I don’t see any problem with that at all,” she said, noting the “good relationship” between the two countries. For the final question, she and her fellow Top 3 contenders – Colombia and USA – were asked why they should be named Miss Universe. “To be a Miss Universe is both an honor and a responsibility… I want to show the world – the universe, rather – that I am confidently beautiful with a heart,” she said, adding that she wants to promote various causes such as HIV awareness. Determined For months, Wurtzbach has openly expressed her determination to bring home the crown for the Philippines, going as far as saying that it is her only birthday wish. Last May, she vowed to “avenge” the Philippines after American boxer Floyd Mayweather defeated the country’s boxing icon, Manny Pacquiao. And she stayed true to her word.
It took Wurtzbach three attempts before finally winning the Miss Universe Philippines title. She nearly gave up  after she failed to the crown at her second attempt. But early this year, she decided to give it another go. READ MORE...


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Philippines's Pia Wurtzbach is 64th Miss Universe


Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, left, and Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach react as they make the final three at the Miss Universe pageant Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas. AP Photo/John Locher

MANILA, DECEMBER 21, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Chuck Smith - Philippine bet Pia Wurtzbach is taking home the crown, after host Steve Harvey admitted making a mistake in declaring Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez this year's Miss Universe.

The 26-year-old beauty queen is proclaimed the 64th Miss Universe on Sunday (Monday morning, Philippine time) at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Gutiérrez was named first runner-up, while Miss USA Olivia Jordan was named second runner-up.

“Is the next #MissUniverse from the Philippines? It's the final walk of the Final Look. pic.twitter.com/zIn3di5c5D

— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) December 21, 2015 ” In a bizarre twist, Harvey first announced that Gutierrez of Columbia won the Miss Universe pageant.

It was only several seconds later, after Gutierrez had worn the winner's crown and hash, before Harvey realized that he announced the winner's name wrong.

Pia bested 79 other delegates.

For the question and answer portion of the top five, Pia was asked: "Earlier this year, there was a controversy in the Philippines about the United States reopening of military base in your country. Do you think the United States should have a military presence in your country?"

The 26-year-old Pinay beauty queen answered: "I think that the United States and the Philippines have always had a good relationship with each other. We were colonized by the Americans and we have their culture and our traditions even up to this day and I think that we're very welcoming with the Americans. And I don't see any problem with that at all."

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Meanwhile, the final three contestants were asked why they think they should be the next Miss Universe.

"To be a Miss Universe is both an honor and 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. Thank you," Pia said.

Pia won the Miss Universe Philippines title earlier this year, but her journey in the international pageant began years ago.

She joined the Binibining Pilipinas pageants in 2013 and 2014 before winning the top local title in 2015.

It can be remembered that Pia, after Manny Pacquiao's loss to Floyd Mayweather in May, tweeted: "Kalma lang guys. Ako bahala. Babawi tayo sa Miss Universe!"

The celebrity and Star Magic artist, who has placed higher than 63rd Miss Universe Philippine bet Mary Jean Lastimosa, has delivered on that promise.


INQUIRER

Philippines’ Pia Wurtzbach is Miss Universe 2015 INQUIRER.net, Philippine Daily Inquirer By: Aries Joseph Hegina, Vaughn Alviar, December 21st, 2015 11:03 AM


Pia Wurtzbach

Ending a title drought of 42 years, the newly-crowned Miss Universe is a Filipina.

Pia Wurtzbach was hailed as Miss Universe 2015 during the coronation night held at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, United States Sunday evening (Monday morning, Manila time.).

Wurtzbach bested 79 other candidates to get the crown.

Before the announcement, host Steve Harvey made a mistake and announced that Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez is new Miss Universe, and Wurtzbach was first runner-up.

Wurtzbach already thought she lost the crown to Colombia, which would have won back to back, until the host came forward to apologize.

The show’s organizers even flashed the result card from Ernst and Young to the audience.

Wurtzbach was in shock while already comfortably standing beside third placer Olivia Jordan, taking minutes to get to the front, where a shocked Gutierrez stood.

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Even Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega went back onstage to correct the results, but the telecast ended before she could do so.


LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (C), who was mistakenly named as First Runner-up reacts with other contestants after being named the 2015 Miss Universe during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Harvey took responsibility for the mistake.

Before the announcement of winners, singer Seal performed as the top three candidates took one last walk in the Planet Hollywood stage.

Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega of Colombia transferred the crown

The Cagayan de Oro beauty’s win marks the third time that the Philippines won the prestigious beauty title.

All the candidates answered the question: “Why should you be the next Miss Universe?”

Miss USA Olivia Jordan was the first candidate who answered the question because she wants to empower women all over the world.

Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez was second, where she said that she has certain qualities that only a Latin woman have which makes her a shoo-in as the third Colombian to win the crown.

Miss Universe Philippines was the last candidate to answer the question.

Wurtzbach said that she wants to lend her voice to certain causes such as HIV/AIDS awareness and youth issues.

“I want to show the universe that I am confidently beautiful with a heart,” she said.

The Philippines last took home the crown in 1973, courtesy of Margie Moran. It was a short wait after the first victory of Gloria Diaz in 1969. IDL

 
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Miss Philippines crowned Miss Universe after live TV mixup by AFP December 21, 2015 (updated)


Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is crowned Miss Universe 2015 on stage during the 2015 MISS UNIVERSE show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, California, on December 20, 2015. Miss Philippines was named Miss Universe, but in a drama-filled turn worthy of a telenovela. The pageant's host comedian Steve Harvey, also a talk show host, misread the card which he said had Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON

Las Vegas, United States | AFP – Miss Colombia was wrongly named Miss Universe in a dramatic mix-up in front of a global television audience of millions Sunday, before the rightful winner Miss Philippines was finally handed the glittering crown.


DECEMBER 20: Television personality Steve Harvey hosts the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

The pageant’s host, US comedian Steve Harvey, misread his cue card and initially announced Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, had triumphed.

She was fleetingly crowned and congratulated at the ceremony in Las Vegas and started waving to fans. But as she blew kisses to an adoring crowd, Harvey was forced to come clean and announce the real winner.

“OK folks, I have to apologize. The first runner up is Colombia.”

“Miss Universe 2015 is Philippines,” he added as the music began anew, with the actual winner, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach — a high-profile actress and television host — looking stunned and mouthing “what?”

Harvey attempted to explain the error to a perplexed audience, who greeted the news with both cheers and boos.

“This is exactly what’s on the card. I will take responsibility for this. It was my mistake, it was on the card,” he said.

“It was my mistake, still a great night,” added the talk show host, saying the audience should not “hold it against the ladies.”

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The glittering crown was then promptly placed on Wurtzbach’s head. She later told reporters she wished Miss Colombia the best.

“I’m very sorry, I did not take the crown from her and I wish her well in whatever she wants to pursue after this pageant,” she said.


Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez (L) is mistakenly crowned Miss Universe 2015 by Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega (R) during the 2015 MISS UNIVERSE show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, California, on December 20, 2015. Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was named Miss Universe, but in a drama-filled turn worthy of a telenovela. The pageant's host comedian Steve Harvey, also a talk show host, misread the card which he said had Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON

- Philippines celebrates -


The crown shifted.....MABUHAY!


The Miss Universe crown is removed from Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez (L) YAHOO ASIA FILE

In the Philippines, celebrations broke out despite the gaffe.

The presidential palace led the nation in hailing the victory of the German-Filipino model, who this year fuelled gossip of a relationship with 55-year-old President Benigno Aquino by saying they were friends and that “he’s very fun to talk to.”

“We congratulate her for this success as the third Miss Universe of the Philippines,” Aquino’s spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a statement.

“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 added.

Lacierda also praised Wurtzbach’s “tremendous poise and control” after the pageant host’s mistake.

Top Philippine broadcaster ABS-CBN, where Wurtzbach works as an actress and host, cut off a live broadcast of Aquino addressing the military to air an on-camera apology by Harvey after the pageant.

“I felt sorry for both candidates… and for all the Filipinos… who were watching live. It took away from the experience,” said the country’s last Miss Universe, 1973 winner Margie Moran.

- Social media ablaze -

News of the error spread rapidly on social media, with the #MissUniverse2015 hashtag trending.

“People are human, mistakes can happen. Luckily some have the bravery to own it & take a step to correct it. Hugs to #MissUniverse2015 wow,” tweeted Audrey Bolte, who described herself as Miss Ohio USA 2012.

Some viewers appeared to be gloating.

“It’s okay Miss Colombia. At least you know how it feels to be Miss Universe, at least for a few minutes,” one Filipino said on Twitter.

Harvey later also fired off a series of messages, apologizing again for what he called “an honest mistake.”

“I feel terrible,” one of his tweets said.

The contest is wildly popular in Latin America and much of Asia.

The event was held on the same night police said one person died and at least 26 were hurt after a woman deliberately and repeatedly rammed her car into pedestrians on the packed Las Vegas Strip, not far from the Miss Universe venue. mdl/vlk/psr


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AFTER MIX-UP WITH MISS COLOMBIAMiss Universe Pia Wurtzbach reaches out for peace with Latino communityPublished December 21, 2015 9:06pm


PHOTO POSTED AT PHILSTAR: Other contestants comfort Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, top right, after she was incorrectly crowned Miss Universe at the Miss Universe pageant Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas. According to the pageant, a misreading led the announcer to read Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner before they took it away and gave it to Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, pictured on left. AP Photo/John Locher

Pia Wurtzbach became the first Filipina to win the Miss Universe crown in 40 years. And one of the statuesque 26-year-old's first goal as Miss Universe should be a familiar one for beauty queen: world peace.

Moments after winning the title in a tense pageant marred by a mix-up in the announcement of the winner, Wurtzbach reached out to members of the Latino community hoping to heal a rift opened up by the evening's event. "I hope that I did not upset anybody like the Latino community, especially the fans of Miss Colombia," said Wurtzbach.

"I'm the voice of Miss Universe now, so I'd like to send my apologies for any confusion that happened," she added.

Host Steve Harvey incorrectly announced that Miss Colombia had won the 64th edition of the contest, broadcast live on the Fox television network. Wurtzbach, a Filipino-German actress and model born in Stuttgart and raised in Cagayan de Oro, was initially runner-up.

But then Harvey announced to the audience that he had made a gaffe. Ariadna Gutierrez Arévalo, 21, of Sincelejo, Colombia, had already been crowned by Miss Universe of 2014, Paulina Vega of Barranquilla, Colombia, who was forced to remove the crown and give it to Miss Philippines. Olivia Jordan, 27, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, finished third.

"I'd like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia and Miss Philippines for my huge mistake," Harvey said on Twitter. "I feel terrible." Colombia's statement Arévalo, surrounded by her fellow candidates, responded to the announcement blunder in a video posted in the official Facebook account of the pageant.

In the video, she thanked her fans for the support and stated that she is happy about the results, adding, "Everything happens for a reason."

The friends she made in the pageant wrapped her in an embrace and expressed love for her after she delivered her statement. But Colombian fans in attendance weren't quite as gracious. "It's a joke," a Colombian spectator told GMA News stringer Marvin Tomandao.

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A Filipino fan also said that some Colombians tried to take the Philippine flag while waving it in celebration. "Nagkagulo na.

The Colombians, they don't want to accept the fact that Miss Philippines was actually Miss Universe. Winawagayway ko ang Philippine flag and they were like taking it away from me," he said. German controversy Hours after the pageant, beauty pageant blog Missosology shared a video on their Facebook page showing pageant host Natalia Cruz interviewing a candidate identified as Miss Germany Sarah-Lorraine Riek.

Miss Germany sympathized with Miss Colombia and claimed that Wurtzbach did not get the other candidates' vote. Miss Germany was asked to explain why they rushed to Miss Colombia instead of congratulating Miss Philippines and she responded, "Because none of us vote[d] for Miss Philippines, I am so sorry to say that." "I really couldn't believe it, I was so upset. For me (she was robbed) as the real winner. I was very happy for Miss Colombia because she really deserved it. I'm really not happy with the result and so are the other girls, I'm sorry to say it," she told Cruz.

Pageant judge Niecy Nash revealed that the other jurors, which also included football legend Emmitt Smith, beauty queens Olivia Culpo, blogger Perez Hilton, went for Wurtzbach. Support from colleagues But while there may be hostility from her fellow contestants, there was nothing but love for Wurtzbach from her fellow Filipina beauty queens.

The country's last Miss Universe before Wurtzbach, Margarita Moran, said the Philippines' bet was also shortchanged by what happened. "It robbed her from the glory of that moment, of the excitement and waiting to be called Miss Universe and hearing the rejoice of all the Pinoys watching," said Moran. "I also pity Ms. Colombia because she thought she was gonna win. And you know the Colombians are as passionate as the Filipinos when it comes to beauty contests," Moran added.

Miss Universe 1999 runner-up Miriam Quiambao said Wurtzbach's victory was a tribute to her persistence. "I think this is her third time to try. It shows that persistence pays off. I saw it in her," said Quiambao.

Amid the controversy, Wurtzbach displayed the same poise she exhibited in answering the questions during the pageant — answers that ultimately made her only the third Filipina Miss Universe after Gloria Diaz in 1969 and Moran in 1973. She addressed the controversy head on, sending a message to fans of Miss Colombia. "I hope this does not affect your relationship with Miss Universe and of course your relationship with the Filipino community as well," she said. —JST, GMA News with a report from Reuters -

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Pia Wurtzbach is PH's third Miss Universe winner  ABS-CBN News Posted at 12/21/15 11:55 AM

MANILA – The Philippines now has three Miss Universe winners.

Pia Wurtzbach, 26, made history by winning Miss Universe 2015, bringing home the third crown for the country. She now joins Gloria Diaz and Margie Moran, who won in 1969 and 1973, respectively.

During the pageant held in Las Vegas on Sunday (Monday in Manila), Wurtzbach was initially declared first runner-up by host Steve Harvey, with Miss Colombia given the Miss Universe crown.

But minutes later, Harvey returned on stage, saying he made a mistake. Turns out, Wurtzbach is the real Miss Universe 2015 winner. “I have to apologize. The first runner-up is Colombia!”

A visibly shocked Wurtzbach emerged from the group of beauty queens and was eventually given the crown.

Colombia was named first runner-up, while Miss USA was still second runner-up.

Confidently beautiful with a heart

Wurtzbach consistently topped the Miss Universe 2015 Global Fan Vote, which is based on online votes by audience members during the pageant’s live telecast.

The Filipina beauty queen got top marks from voters during the swimsuit, evening gown and question and answer portion of the pageant.

During the Top 5 question and answer portion, Wurtzbach was asked about the reopening of US military bases in the Philippines. “I don’t see any problem with that at all,” she said, noting the “good relationship” between the two countries.

For the final question, she and her fellow Top 3 contenders – Colombia and USA – were asked why they should be named Miss Universe.

“To be a Miss Universe is both an honor and a responsibility… I want to show the world – the universe, rather – that I am confidently beautiful with a heart,” she said, adding that she wants to promote various causes such as HIV awareness.

Determined

For months, Wurtzbach has openly expressed her determination to bring home the crown for the Philippines, going as far as saying that it is her only birthday wish.

Last May, she vowed to “avenge” the Philippines after American boxer Floyd Mayweather defeated the country’s boxing icon, Manny Pacquiao. And she stayed true to her word.

It took Wurtzbach three attempts before finally winning the Miss Universe Philippines title. She nearly gave up after she failed to the crown at her second attempt.

But early this year, she decided to give it another go.

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Answering a question from a pageant fan on what makes her stand out in Miss Universe, Wurtzbach said:

“Definitely my determination. My fellow countrymen have witnessed my journey towards Miss Universe. The fact that I joined Miss Philippines 3 years in a row determines how much I really want this. I didn’t let anyone or anything stop me from getting here. I’m so glad I never lost my drive because turns out, I was right! Now I’m finally wearing the Philippine sash in the most prestigious pageant in the world. And I couldn’t be happier! So kids, if you have a dream, don’t give up!” she said.

Pinoy-made costume

Wurtzbach’s predecessors have made their mark on Miss Universe over the past five years.

Venus Raj was fourth runner-up in 2010, Shamcey Supsup was named third runner-up in 2011, Janine Tugonon nearly brought home the crown at first runner-up in 2012, Ariella Arida was proclaimed third runner-up in 2013, and MJ Lastimosa made it to the Top 10 in 2014.

Filipino pageant fans have lamented that the country’s Miss Universe representatives have been wearing “unflattering” and “uninspired” gowns, which they believe have been ruining their chances of winning the international pageant.

Responding to feedback, Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. collaborated with local designers in dressing up Wurtzbach, who stunned in a blue Pinoy-made dress during the Miss Universe 2015 evening gown competition.

During the preliminary round, she wore a red dress by Los Angeles-based Filipino designer Oliver Tolentino due to a “wardrobe emergency.”

Recap

Prior to joining Miss Universe, Wurtzbach was an actress and model. She is of Filipino and German descent.

Aside from her pageant stints, Wurtzbach also made the news for being linked to President Benigno Aquino III.

The two were spotted having dinner together at a Quezon City restaurant early this year, but the Filipina beauty queen did not confirm whether the President expressed interest in her.


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