It’s been a year since Pia Wurtzbach brought the Miss Universe crown back home! Check out this adorable throwback photo series of Miss Universe 2015 and discover what was going on inside her head during the coronation night:
1. Throwback to the night that was about to change my life forever. Coming into the competition, I was ready to do my best to make my childhood dream come true. I really wanted to be Miss Universe. But as I was doing the years of training prior that night, I realized that there was something more to attain here than personal achievement. I wanted to proudly represent the Philippines and bring back home the crown. This was when I was called for top 15 at the start of the competition. And behind me is yes, a baby photo of me. Shown during our short video intros.
2. Let me tell you, it wasn’t cool to be the 9th country called during top 10! I was dying in anticipation. My heart was pounding and I remember thinking “How am I ever gonna get the chance to do final question if I don’t pass the swimsuit competition first!” BUT all the hardwork paid off as I get into top 10 and eventually finding out that I actually ranked pretty well for this round. Thank God for my trainers.@gymbassy and of course, the ever so strict, @johncuay So, as a reward, I ordered a whole pizza for myself. As my celebratory meal. No regrets! Sorry, Papa J.It’s about time for Filipino designers! Months before competing I thought about what change I can do to the Bb Pilipinas organization to improve and help future Miss Philippines’. It didn’t take long before I made a promise to myself that after years of not really having a choice on our final look, it’s about time we show a Filipino made gown. Especially at Miss Universe. Tangkilikin ang sariling atin, diba po? The story behind this evening gown is long but quite interesting. Maybe one day I can tell a more detailed story. Basically this blue @albertandrada gown almost didn’t make it in time for the final night because of flight cancelations due to bad weather in Manila. But to the rescue was another Filipino designer who is based in LA, @theolivertolentino. He lent me his beautiful red gown that I wore for the preliminary competition. (Judges select top 15 to compete for final night during prelims. I wouldn’t have made it this far onto the competition if I didn’t pass that round.) But then this blue gown finally makes it 2 days before the final night. And with a little lambing I’m finally getting Madam Stella’s (national director) permission to wear Filipino designers. Years of saving my brownie points from Madam Stella and she finally agreed. But on one condition, “Just make sure you win.” After all the drama and getting doubted for my color of choice, I stood by my gut feel and advanced to the next round. Wahey!Are you guys enjoying my play by play? Haha After the top 5 Q&A where I was asked about my personal stand on US military presence in the Philippines, (Imagine if that was asked now. Whew. But thank God for all the intense Q&A training with Tito Nad @sigulanon) it was then time to call in the top 3. I just wanted to hear Steve Harvey say “Philippines!” so badly. And I remember singing this song in my head to help me calm down, “Hoping for the best but expecting the worst. Are you gonna drop the bomb or not?” And so Steve did as I advance to top 3! Who else was nervous when I was last to be called for the final round?“42 years of drought and now it finally reigns.” A year ago, I was blessed with this title. I know that most of you feel like the year has gone by so quickly but it’s actually the opposite for me. My year as Miss Universe felt longer than that. Without sounding too corny but I think it’s because so much happened. It’s filled with memories for a lifetime. The best ones are the life lessons I learned the hard way. But even when things gets tough it’s really your love that keeps me pushing forward. Maganda nakikita nyo pero kung alam nyo lang, mas maganda po ang nakikita ko. Maraming salamat po! Confidently beautiful with aaa..