Will Miss Universe Beauty Pageant this year be hosted by Philippines?
By Kiko Escuadro
“Since I won Miss Universe, na realize ko na ang pagiging Miss Universe ay trabaho siya, hindi siya parang maganda lang sa TV na nagkaroon ng korona, tapos hindj mo na alam kung anong nangyari dun sa babae, I go to the office all the time, we do paper works, I got interviews. I’ve been asked sensitive questions on some topics and at the same time I’m educating myself with what’s going on around me. At nag-aral ako, pinag-aaralan ko yung mga advocacies ko. So hindi lang siya basta pagandahan lang at nag red carpet lang. It’s a 24/7 job but I am not tired.”
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is in the country again in time for the coming coronation night of Binibining Pilipinas 2016. She will be passing her crown to the new Binibining Pilipinas-Universe this coming Sunday.
Earlier,rumors have been circulating that a big announcement will be made by the organization of Miss Universe. But as of press time, everyone is clueless. When Pia was asked about this, her only words were, “Wala akong alam, it’s only Thursday (the presscon) at di natin alam kung anong mangyayari sa Sunday baka nga naman meron talaga, pero as of now I don’t know anything yet and I’m very honest with that.”
Since she’s staying in the country for couple of days, she was asked how would she spend her days while here. “i have few a shoots for some endorsements and also with some media interviews, and that would take a whole day and that would make me busy. Gusto namin sulitin ang lahat, like having time with the contestants, and gusto na din namin mag charity work kahit papano.”
Is she planning to go to Cagayan De Oro for her home coming? “Napag-usapan na namin this trip na ito, but looking with our itinerary, di talaga siya kaya ngayong trip na ito. The MU organization doesn’t want to go ng isang punta doon tapos babalik agad. Sayang kasi at kailangan well-coordinated lahat. So most likely it will be on my next visit which will be anytime next month,” she said. “Miss Universe Organization knows that i want to go to Cagayan De Oro, and it will happen. It’s just a matter of time.”
Pia also confirmed that Miss Universe-USA (Olivia Jordan) will be visiting Manila and rumors have said that she will be one of the judges for this year’s Binibining Pilipinas. “I don’t know yet when, because I haven’t spoken with her yet, but definitely she is coming here in time for the pageant night, and this will be her first time in the Philippines.”
Meanwhile, with all the series of events and duties as Miss Universe, she was asked if she still find time to rest. “Pag nandito ako sa Pilipinas ayaw kong mag day-off kasi lahat gusto kong gawin. Pag nasa New york ako halos wala din akong day-off actually. Pang fourth month ko na ito, siguro isang beses palang ako nagkaroon ng pahinga,” she shared.
Recently, Pia is actively campaigning in social media that the Philippines should be the next host country for the Miss Universe. When she was asked about it she said, “Yes I want the pageant to be held here. i don’t know if it’s going to happen and what particular month. I want to pass my crown to the next Miss Universe here in the Philippines.
“But that really depends on the government if they are supportive with the idea and the sponsors, the TV networks and the private sectors, and the people who are going to be involved. We have few key people to spearhead this because we have the idea, we wanna do it but kailangan may unity. Hindi ganun kadali iyon na ‘sige dito na natin gawin, pero paano?’ that’s why I’m actively campaigning na Miss Universe and Ms. Paola Shugart , she’s saying this many times, it’s always been her dream to host a pageant here para ma promote na rin natin ang tourism. Ang dami na natin pwede magawa at the same time i think it will benefit us in so many ways.”
Pia was also asked about the country’s presidential debate. If given a chance to judge and ask them questions what would it be, and why? “Kung sila yung mga candidates at ako yung judge, I would ask them what do you want from us, how do you perceive us as voters. Alam nyo yon parang tricky question
Na parang binaglitad mo. Parang lagi nalang tayo nagtatanong sa kanilang plataforma. Ano ba ang balak ninyo para sa bayan, ano yung babaguhin at gagawin ninyo? Buti nalang di ako mag judge,” she laughed.