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COLOMBIANS RALLY AROUND FALLEN QUEEN; LAWYER EYES SUIT VS MISS UNIVERSE FIRM


DECEMBER 21 -MAJORLY BOOED BY AUDIENCE: PAGEANT HOST STEVE GARVEY - A major booboo on the part of Ms Universe host Steve Harvey sent Colombians dishing out emotionally charged statements on the day of the pageant, with one lawyer going as far as saying he would file a complaint against the event organizers. “The crown is a right they can’t take away from us. At this moment, writing a complaint with Granados and Lombana ,” Twitter user DELAESPRIELLAE said in Spanish. The website caracol.com.co said the user was known lawyer Abelardo dela Espriella, and the other two lawyers being referred to were Jaime Granados and Jaime Lombana. DELAESPRIELLAE said that the damage was “not only material, but also moral.” “40 million Colombians affected. The damage is incalculable,” he said. A cousin of Ariadna Gutiérrez Arévalo, who was the reigning Ms Universe for only more than two minutes, was as indignant. “They robbed us of the crown. They destroyed the dream of an entire country because of this huge error. They subjected her to public shame,” Álvaro Arévalo was quoted as saying in La Libertad. But if some were furious, others were less confrontational. “Everything happens for a reason. I am happy about everything I did and for achieving my dream,” Ariadna Arévalo Gutiérrez herself was quoted as saying in Spanish by cronicadelquindio.com. READ MORE...RELATED, Consul general expresses concern over Miss Colombia’s mental health after Miss Universe boo-boo...

ALSO: Pia Wurtzbach: ‘I was happy because I really wanted to win but felt sad for Miss Colombia’


DECEMBER 21 -Miss Universe first runner-up and Colombia’s representative Ariadna Gutierrez posted photos of her with the crown during her “reign,” which lasted a few minutes. On her Instagram account, Gutierrez posted two photos of her wearing the Miss Universe crown. The first photo had a caption which read: “POR SIEMPRE TU MISS UNIVERSO!! COLOMBIA !!!!!!!#misscolombia” (translation: “Forever your Miss Universe, Colombia.) INQUIRER LIFESTYLE Earlier this year, Inquirer Lifestyle asked Binibining Pilipinas-Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach which part of the Miss Universe pageant would make her the most nervous. She laughed and said, “Tawagan ng winner, I guess. That makes me nervous.” She had no way of knowing then just how memorable that moment would be. In a scene that has pageant fans and the Twitterverse buzzing, host Steve Harvey declared Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez Miss Universe 2015 before announcing his mistake and crowning Pia as the rightful queen. At the post-pageant press conference, Pia talked about the mix-up. “I felt calm when I was called first runner-up because I felt it was fate. But when they announced that I was Miss Universe, I had mixed emotions. I was happy because I really wanted to win but felt sad for Miss Colombia.” Pia said she tried to reach out to Ariadna after the show. “I even tried to approach her after (but) I couldn’t get near as she was surrounded by the Latin Aerican contestants.”  Asked how she’d feel about traveling to Latin America after the incident, she said, “I won Miss Universe based on the judges’ vote… It’s not as if I took the crown from her.” THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Former Miss Universe (1969) Gloria Diaz wants Miss Universe host slapped with hefty fine


DECEMBER 21 -Gloria Diaz. FILE PHOTO
THE host of the Miss Universe 2015 coronation night who announced the wrong winner of the pageant should pay a fine, said the 1969 Miss Universe winner Gloria Diaz on Monday.
“He should pay a fine of 100 thousand dollars to Ms. Columbia and to the Ms. Universe,” Diaz said in an interview with TV Patrol, referring to Steve Harvey. During the coronation night on Monday morning (Philippine time), Harvey mixed up the result of the pageant as he announced that Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez won the Miss Universe but later apologized as Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was the rightful winner. Meanwhile, Margie Moran, the 1973 Miss Universe, said she “felt sorry for both candidates.” But Moran said Wurtzbach was the rightful winner because she exceled in the question and answer portion, “She answered very well. She’s very confident,” Moran said in an interview with TV Patrol. As for Diaz, Wurtzbach’s victory was “amazing,” ending a title drought of 42 years for the Philippines which last won the crown in 1973. READ MORE...

ALSO: Miss Universe host bags multi-year contract despite epic boo boo


DECEMBER 24 -Steve Harvey holds up the card showing the winners after he incorrectly announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner at the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas. Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was named Miss Universe. AP/John Locher
Miss Universe host Steve Harvey will likely host the beauty pageant again next year and for many years to come, despite his epic gaffe of announcing the wrong winner.
“Would hate to see him not come back,” Mark Shapiro, chief content officer of WME IMG that owns the Miss Universe franchise, was quoted by US Weekly magazine as saying. “He was funny, he was informative, he’s high energy, he’s got a great following,” Shapiro said. “I definitely want him back, and I would hate to see him not come back. He’s going to want a shot to redeem himself. “It could happen to the best of us. He was so well intended, and he’s such a good guy, and it was really such a mistake that I hope people don’t hold this over him, other than for just a good laugh and let it pass,” he added. But according to a report by Entertainment Tonight, a source said that Harvey signed a contract and the “deal is for at least three years, possibly even as many as six or seven.” THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: After storm, a calm Miss Colombia


DECEMBER 24 -Former Miss Universe Paulina Vega, center, takes away the flowers and sash from Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, left, before giving them to Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, right, at the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas. Gutierrez was incorrectly named the winner before Wurtzbach was given the Miss Universe crown. (AP
Photo/John Locher) ALTHOUGH Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo had yet to take down her photos wearing the Miss Universe crown, the Miss Universe first runner-up seemed to have come to terms with a major boo-boo that briefly gave her the coveted title.
Pageant host Steve Harvey on Sunday (Monday in Manila) mistakenly announced Miss Colombia as this year’s Miss Universe, before backtracking, apologizing and finally declaring Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach as the fairest among women from some 80 countries. “After the storm comes the calm,” Gutierrez posted on social media on Wednesday morning (Manila time), as she thanked her supporters and expressed satisfaction at being “able to bring happiness” to her country as Miss Universe even “for only a couple of minutes.” One picture she posted on her Instagram page showed her forming a heart with her hands, while another showed her in a bikini. The caption, in English and Spanish, said: “I want to thank each and everyone of you who have sent messages of support and strength. Every one of you has become an incredible human being in my book and I am the most fortunate and thankful for having the support not only from one country but from the whole entire world.” The Latina beauty also acknowledged the Miss Universe debacle, saying that “your destiny is written for you.”  “And my destiny was this. I was able to bring happiness to my country after becoming Miss Universe for only a couple of minutes,” she added. READ MORE...

ALSO: Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, in the eyes of a Kagay-anon friend


DECEMBER 26 -Social media explodes with #MissUniverse2015 sentiments,… Pia secures a spot in Miss Universe Cagayan De Oro City – In the eyes of the world, Pia Wurtzbach is the most beautiful woman in the universe. Before that, in the eyes of the Filipinos, she was the most beautiful woman in the Philippines. And, even before that – she was the most beautiful woman in the eyes of her friends. One of her friends is Vianccy Marie Unabia of Upper Carmen, this city. Aside from being beautiful, confident, and friendly, what other features did Vianccy see and remember in Pia that could have been factors in her winning as Miss Universe 2015? “Negative words, things, and thoughts are banned when you’re with Pia,” Vianccy recounted her times with Pia. She said: “Pia is always positive. She doesn’t want to curse even when things go wrong. And, if something does go wrong, she tells us to just accept it for now and to make the necessary correction and to make sure that it will not happen again… When she does things, she does it immediately – not today not tomorrow, not next month.” Vianccy said Pia is very conscious of the food she takes. She has boiled eggs, vegetables without dressing, and steamed chicken minus the skin and a lot of water. If she wants juices, she goes for fresh ones. Pia goes to the gym, said Vianccy. She also fondly remembers Pia to be punctual in their meetings and very disciplined in what she does. “She is a person who is non-judgmental, flexible, friendly and humble, and shares personal matters with close friends,” Vianccy said. Vianccy said her Miss Universe friend could have taken her strength from her family – her Mom and sister. Vianccy remembers Pia telling her about their ordeal when her parents separated and how she tried to catch up with life too early to support her family, and eventually became the breadwinner of the family. “In between joining the Bb. Pilipinas from 2013 to 2015, Pia worked in the London as a chef for a restaurant,” Vianccy told Manila Bulletin. “I think, behind the Miss Universe crown, Pia wants to provide her family a good life. It is that yearning that gave her the strength to reach the Miss Universe pageant.”  READ MORE...


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Colombians rally around fallen queen; lawyer eyes suit vs Miss Universe firm


PAGEANT HOST STEVE GARVEY

MANILA, DECEMBER 28, 2015 (INQUIRER) By: Kristine Felisse Mangunay December 21st, 2015 - A major booboo on the part of Ms Universe host Steve Harvey sent Colombians dishing out emotionally charged statements on the day of the pageant, with one lawyer going as far as saying he would file a complaint against the event organizers.

“The crown is a right they can’t take away from us. At this moment, writing a complaint with Granados and Lombana ,” Twitter user DELAESPRIELLAE said in Spanish.

The website caracol.com.co said the user was known lawyer Abelardo dela Espriella, and the other two lawyers being referred to were Jaime Granados and Jaime Lombana.
DELAESPRIELLAE said that the damage was “not only material, but also moral.”

“40 million Colombians affected. The damage is incalculable,” he said.

PHNO FEELS THIS HOST SHOULD RESIGN OR BE FIRED!

Steve Harvey apologizes for Miss Universe mix-up; misspells Philippines, Colombia INQUIRER FILE

A cousin of Ariadna Gutiérrez Arévalo, who was the reigning Ms Universe for only more than two minutes, was as indignant.

“They robbed us of the crown. They destroyed the dream of an entire country because of this huge error. They subjected her to public shame,” Álvaro Arévalo was quoted as saying in La Libertad.

But if some were furious, others were less confrontational.

“Everything happens for a reason. I am happy about everything I did and for achieving my dream,” Ariadna Arévalo Gutiérrez herself was quoted as saying in Spanish by cronicadelquindio.com.

READ MORE...

Taliana Vargas, 2008 Ms Universe first runner-up, also issued a statement of support for her fellow Colombian.


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)

“For me, you are the most beautiful woman in the universe. The world is with you,” she said in La Libertad.

“I already know that story. Life always has marvelous things prepared for someone. Congratulations to (Ariadna Gutierrez Arévalo). You are beautiful!” Local singer Carlos Vives said in the same publication.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, for his part, tweeted a message of support for the Colombian beauty.

“For us, you will always be our queen,” he said.

The Ms Universe organizers issued an apology in their page.

“The excitement of the live broadcast was evident tonight on stage at Miss Universe, with over 10 million votes from fans tabulated live. Unfortunately, being live means that human error may come into play. We witnessed tonight’sannouncement of the wrong winner. Our sincere apologies to Miss Colombia Universe, Miss Universe Philippines, their families and fans,” they said.

“Congratulations to Miss Universe 2015, Miss Universe Philippines,” they added. SFM

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VIDEO: Steve Harvey apologizes for Miss Universe mix-up
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Consul general expresses concern over Miss Colombia’s mental health after Miss Universe boo-boo  By Vittorio Hernandez @ibtimesau on December 23 2015 11:33 AM 22 1

PR expert says first runner-up can leverage embarrassing incident to boost career


Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez (L) is crowned by Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega, also of Colombia, after Gutierrez was initially announced as the winner during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 20, 2015. Host Steve Harvey said he made a mistake when reading the card and Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is the actual winner. Reuters/Steve Marcus

Will Miss Colombia 2015 live for the rest of her life haunted by the mistake made by Miss Universe 2015 host Steve Harvey? Or can she benefit from the most unforgettable, yet extremely embarrassing experience of her life on Sunday when she wore the crown just for a few minutes and then it was given to the rightful owner, Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach?

The New York Post reports that after being made to look like a fool in front of hundreds of live audience and millions of TV viewers around the world, Colombians fear that Ariadna Gutierrez could become an emotional wreck. Columbian Consul General to New York Isabel Nieto believes the Latina beauty queen was affected by the emotional roller coaster ride she took and it could “take a little while to recover.”

Blogger Therese Borchard, who writes about stress and anxiety, recalls the best advice she received from a mentor when she wanted to hide in a corner without Wi-Fi and die from embarrassment over a recent incident which Gutierrez could heed. She writes that it’s okay to be embarrassed because “It’s cleansing. This one has already passed, and passed nicely, like a kidney stone after the first day.”

One of her 10 tips how to overcome embarrassment, when teen punks spray painted the words “Dumb-ass blonde” on a red car that she and her twin sister own, was to drive the car around town. She says that embarrassing moments eventually become great cocktail-party material.

Lindsay Carnett, a public relations specialist, says Gutierrez should be thankful for Harvey’s gaffe because his mistake could even become the biggest boost to Miss Colombia’s career. Carnett explains, “The visibility she’s earned in the last 24 hours is invaluable, and it is up to her to leverage it quickly and wisely,” quotes Fox. She believes because Gutierrez’s name is now a byword, she would initially get cameo roles in US TV and emerging brands.

The one who will feel the backlash over the brouhaha is Harvey, points out Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5WPR, whose brand as host would surely suffer. Torossian agrees with Carnett that while Gutierrez may be going through pain and a wide range of emotions now, “many brands … are rooting for her.”

The advice of marketing entrepreneur Jonah Engler to the most famous Miss Universe runner-up is to strike while the iron is hot. She should hire a good marketing company and pursue marketing deals “before she fades into the oblivion and is never remembered again,” which is what victims of embarrassing situations feel.

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Pia Wurtzbach: ‘I was happy because I really wanted to win but felt sad for Miss Colombia’ By: Albert Almendralejo @inquirerdotnet 03:12 PM December 21st, 2015


Miss Universe first runner-up and Colombia’s representative Ariadna Gutierrez posted photos of her with the crown during her “reign,” which lasted a few minutes. On her Instagram account, Gutierrez posted two photos of her wearing the Miss Universe crown. The first photo had a caption which read: “POR SIEMPRE TU MISS UNIVERSO!! COLOMBIA !!!!!!!#misscolombia” (translation: “Forever your Miss Universe, Colombia.) INQUIRER LIFESTYLE

Earlier this year, Inquirer Lifestyle asked Binibining Pilipinas-Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach which part of the Miss Universe pageant would make her the most nervous. She laughed and said, “Tawagan ng winner, I guess. That makes me nervous.”

She had no way of knowing then just how memorable that moment would be. In a scene that has pageant fans and the Twitterverse buzzing, host Steve Harvey declared Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez Miss Universe 2015 before announcing his mistake and crowning Pia as the rightful queen.

At the post-pageant press conference, Pia talked about the mix-up. “I felt calm when I was called first runner-up because I felt it was fate. But when they announced that I was Miss Universe, I had mixed emotions. I was happy because I really wanted to win but felt sad for Miss Colombia.”

Pia said she tried to reach out to Ariadna after the show. “I even tried to approach her after (but) I couldn’t get near as she was surrounded by the Latin Aerican contestants.”

Asked how she’d feel about traveling to Latin America after the incident, she said, “I won Miss Universe based on the judges’ vote… It’s not as if I took the crown from her.”


INQUIRER

Former Miss Universe (1969) Gloria Diaz wants Miss Universe host slapped with hefty fine @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 08:00 PM December 21st, 2015


Gloria Diaz. FILE PHOTO

THE host of the Miss Universe 2015 coronation night who announced the wrong winner of the pageant should pay a fine, said the 1969 Miss Universe winner Gloria Diaz on Monday.

“He should pay a fine of 100 thousand dollars to Ms. Columbia and to the Ms. Universe,” Diaz said in an interview with TV Patrol, referring to Steve Harvey.

During the coronation night on Monday morning (Philippine time), Harvey mixed up the result of the pageant as he announced that Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez won the Miss Universe but later apologized as Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was the rightful winner.

Meanwhile, Margie Moran, the 1973 Miss Universe, said she “felt sorry for both candidates.”

But Moran said Wurtzbach was the rightful winner because she exceled in the question and answer portion,

“She answered very well. She’s very confident,” Moran said in an interview with TV Patrol.

As for Diaz, Wurtzbach’s victory was “amazing,” ending a title drought of 42 years for the Philippines which last won the crown in 1973.

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“Forty-two years, that’s a long time. It’s amazing,” she said.

Weighing on Wurtzbach’s answers during the question-and-answer portion, she said her first answer was “easy.”

“The first answer for me was easy, playing to the Americans. That’s fine, of course I love America. Take me with you,” Diaz said.

During the question-and-answer portion, Wurtzbach was asked on her stand on the reestablishment of US military bases in the country.

Citing the shared history of the Philippines and the US, Wurtzbach said that the Philippines is “very welcoming” to the Americans.

“I don’t see any problem with that at all,” she said.

During final question and answer portion, all the candidates answered the question: “Why should you be the next Miss Universe?”

Wurtzbach, who was the last to answer, 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.

Diaz said Wurtzbach’s second answer was “really very inspired.

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. NC


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Miss U host bags multi-year contract (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 24, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Steve Harvey holds up the card showing the winners after he incorrectly announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner at the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas. Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was named Miss Universe. AP/John Locher

MANILA, Philippines - Miss Universe host Steve Harvey will likely host the beauty pageant again next year and for many years to come, despite his epic gaffe of announcing the wrong winner.

“Would hate to see him not come back,” Mark Shapiro, chief content officer of WME IMG that owns the Miss Universe franchise, was quoted by US Weekly magazine as saying.

“He was funny, he was informative, he’s high energy, he’s got a great following,” Shapiro said. “I definitely want him back, and I would hate to see him not come back. He’s going to want a shot to redeem himself.

“It could happen to the best of us. He was so well intended, and he’s such a good guy, and it was really such a mistake that I hope people don’t hold this over him, other than for just a good laugh and let it pass,” he added.

But according to a report by Entertainment Tonight, a source said that Harvey signed a contract and the “deal is for at least three years, possibly even as many as six or seven.”


INQUIRER

After storm, a calm Miss Colombia By: Jovic Yee @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 01:08 AM December 24th, 2015


Former Miss Universe Paulina Vega, center, takes away the flowers and sash from Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, left, before giving them to Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, right, at the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas. Gutierrez was incorrectly named the winner before Wurtzbach was given the Miss Universe crown. (AP
Photo/John Locher)

ALTHOUGH Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo had yet to take down her photos wearing the Miss Universe crown, the Miss Universe first runner-up seemed to have come to terms with a major boo-boo that briefly gave her the coveted title.

Pageant host Steve Harvey on Sunday (Monday in Manila) mistakenly announced Miss Colombia as this year’s Miss Universe, before backtracking, apologizing and finally declaring Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach as the fairest among women from some 80 countries.

“After the storm comes the calm,” Gutierrez posted on social media on Wednesday morning (Manila time), as she thanked her supporters and expressed satisfaction at being “able to bring happiness” to her country as Miss Universe even “for only a couple of minutes.”

One picture she posted on her Instagram page showed her forming a heart with her hands, while another showed her in a bikini.

The caption, in English and Spanish, said: “I want to thank each and everyone of you who have sent messages of support and strength. Every one of you has become an incredible human being in my book and I am the most fortunate and thankful for having the support not only from one country but from the whole entire world.”

The Latina beauty also acknowledged the Miss Universe debacle, saying that “your destiny is written for you.”

“And my destiny was this. I was able to bring happiness to my country after becoming Miss Universe for only a couple of minutes,” she added.

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Gutierrez put a positive spin on the incident as well, saying that it had resulted in Colombia and the Latin community “being talked about in every corner of the world.”

Miss Colombia also extended her congratulations to Filipinos, whose feeling of happiness, she said, “must be incredible.”

She ended her post by saying that “life continues and in the future we will find out why things happen the way they happen. Thank you all for your love, support and kindness.”

The two photos that Gutierrez recently posted had so far received at least 133,000 likes and 12,000 comments. Those of her wearing the Miss Universe crown, however, had been criticized by many netizens.

But while Miss Colombia seemed to have moved on, some of her supporters remained fixated on getting back at her perceived adversaries. Several lawyers in Colombia had threatened to sue the Miss Universe pageant for moral damages, while another recently targeted judge and celebrity blogger Perez Hilton for defending Wurtzbach and saying that she deserves the crown.

“There was real beauty, grace and elegance, and she is Miss Universe. She really earned it and won fair and square,” Perez said in his podcast on Tuesday (Manila time).


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Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, in the eyes of a Kagay-anon friend by Camcer Ordonez Imam December 26, 2015 Share0 Tweet1 Share0 Email0 Share21


Social media explodes with #MissUniverse2015 sentiments,… Pia secures a spot in Miss Universe

Cagayan De Oro City – In the eyes of the world, Pia Wurtzbach is the most beautiful woman in the universe. Before that, in the eyes of the Filipinos, she was the most beautiful woman in the Philippines. And, even before that – she was the most beautiful woman in the eyes of her friends.

One of her friends is Vianccy Marie Unabia of Upper Carmen, this city.

Aside from being beautiful, confident, and friendly, what other features did Vianccy see and remember in Pia that could have been factors in her winning as Miss Universe 2015?

“Negative words, things, and thoughts are banned when you’re with Pia,” Vianccy recounted her times with Pia.

She said: “Pia is always positive. She doesn’t want to curse even when things go wrong. And, if something does go wrong, she tells us to just accept it for now and to make the necessary correction and to make sure that it will not happen again… When she does things, she does it immediately – not today not tomorrow, not next month.”

Vianccy said Pia is very conscious of the food she takes. She has boiled eggs, vegetables without dressing, and steamed chicken minus the skin and a lot of water. If she wants juices, she goes for fresh ones. Pia goes to the gym, said Vianccy.

She also fondly remembers Pia to be punctual in their meetings and very disciplined in what she does.

“She is a person who is non-judgmental, flexible, friendly and humble, and shares personal matters with close friends,” Vianccy said.

Vianccy said her Miss Universe friend could have taken her strength from her family – her Mom and sister. Vianccy remembers Pia telling her about their ordeal when her parents separated and how she tried to catch up with life too early to support her family, and eventually became the breadwinner of the family.

“In between joining the Bb. Pilipinas from 2013 to 2015, Pia worked in the London as a chef for a restaurant,” Vianccy told Manila Bulletin.

“I think, behind the Miss Universe crown, Pia wants to provide her family a good life. It is that yearning that gave her the strength to reach the Miss Universe pageant.”

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Kagay-anons are eagerly awaiting Pia’s homecoming and to see their kababayan in her full Miss Universe regalia, Viancey said.

It may take sometime, she said, as it took Pia’s predecessor, Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega, four months after her crowning before she could return home to her home country Colombia. After arriving in the country’s capital Bogota, it took her three more days before she reached her hometown of Barranquilla.

Pia spent most of her childhood in Cagayan de Oro where she studied until the fourth grade, She then lived in Quezon City, but the family frequently flew to Germany.

PIA APPEALS TO FANS

Arriving in New York City from the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Christmas Eve, Wurtzbach appealed to pageant fans around the world to stop all the arguments involving the mistake in reading the wrong name of the winner.

“To all the fans who are still fighting about this, please let’s all stop now. The Miss Universe Organization is about uniting empowered women from all over the world. Arguing and sending hateful messages to each other defeats the whole purpose,” she said.

She praised Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez for being “strong and beautiful inside and out.” She told her in her post on Instagram: You are an amazing woman and we are now bonded together forever by a unique experience. In the last three weeks we were together, I saw how strong and beautiful you are inside and out. You represented your country with honor and I know how proud everyone must be of you. Fate has a plan for you, and I’m excited to see what’s ahead.”

In her own Instagram, Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez congratulated the Philippines:

“I want to thank each and everyone of you who have sent messages of support and strength. Every one of you has become an incredible human being in my book and I am the most fortunate and thankful for having support not only from one country but from the whole entire world. Your destiny is written for you. And my destiny was this. I was able to bring happiness to my country after becoming Miss Universe for only a couple of minutes. Today, because of that, Colombia land, the Latin community are being talked about in every corner of the world. I also want to congratulate the Philippines for their new Miss Universe. The happiness that you must be feeling must be incredible. Life continues and in the future we will find out why things happen the way they happen. Thank you all for your love, support, and kindness.”

Pia said it was her first time to visit New York City where the headquarters of the Miss Universe Organization is located. During her reign as Miss Universe, she will stay at an apartment in the city.

“I’m excited to begin my duties as Miss Universe and I wish everyone, all the contestants and all the supporters, a great holiday with their loved ones. Happy Holidays and let’s look forward to a great start to the new year,” she said.

“I’d like to say thank you to everyone who believed in my potential and those who supported me from the beginning. To everyone who voted for me, especially to my fellow countrymen, thank you. Maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat.”

HARVEY WILL RETURN

Meanwhile, despite the gaffe of pageant host Steve Harvey, producers of the 2015 Miss Universe pageant have invited him to return to the show in 2016, according to Mark Shapiro in a post in The Independent website recently.

Shapiro expressed sympathy to Harvey who committed a blunder when he announced the first runner-up – Miss Colombia – as the winner in the 2015 Miss Universe contest in Las Vegas last Dec. 20. “The guy made a mistake. He felt terrible, he was humiliated, he felt he humiliated her,” Shapiro said. “I definitely want him back, and I would hate to see him not come back. He’s going to want a shot to redeem himself.”

Harvey, 58, has apologized to Wurtzbach and Gutierrez for the mistake “I had the chance to apologize to Miss Philippines and I’m thankful. I apologized to Miss Colombia as well,” he said in his Instagram post.

Unconfirmed reports said that Harvey has already signed a three-year multi-million-dollar deal to host the beauty pageant, according to Entertainment Tonight. (With a report from Robert R. Requintina)


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