Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach reacts as she was announced as the new Miss Universe at the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas. Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez was incorrectly named as Miss Universe before her crown was taken away. AP PHOTO
Senators hail Pia Wurtzbach’s Miss Universe 2015 triumph
“Siya kaya uli ang host next year (Will he be the host again next year)?” Senator Sonny Angara said in another tweet, apparently referring to host Steve Harvey, who made a mistake when he first announced that Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez was the new Miss Universe, and Wurtzbach was first runner-up.
In a later statement, Angara praised Wurtzbach for showing “grace under pressure” throughout the competition.
“Our thanks and congratulations sa bagong Miss U Pia Wurtzbach na nagbigay parangal sa buong bansa lalong lalo na ngayon kung kelan marami tayong kababayan sa labas ng Maynila na nakaranas ng pinsala dahil sa bagyong Nona,” he said.
(Our thanks and congratulations to the new Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach for giving honor to the entire country especially at a time where many Filipinos outside of Manila are reeling from the devastation caused by Typhoon Nona.)
“ Kudos kay Pia dahil ‘di niya sinurrender ang kanyang pangarap sa harap ng ilang pagkabigo. Nagpursigi siya hanggang makamit ang pinangarap na tagumpay. Siya ay inspirasyon dahil sa kanyang tagumpay at ipinakitang grace under pressure throughout the competition. Mabuhay!” Angara added.
(Kudos to Pia because she did not surrender on her dream despite various setbacks. She persevered until she accomplished her dream. She is an inspiration in her victory because of the grace she has shown under pression throughout the competition.)
Harvey later apologized and corrected himself that Wurtzbach was the real winner and Miss Colombia was the first runner up.
Meanwhile, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, also took to Twitter to congratulate Wurtzbach.
“Congrats to Pia-Miss Universe 2015! Its a proud day for the Philippines & the Filipino! I admire her beauty, grace & humility,” Escudero said.
Senator Grace Poe, in a statement, said Wurtzbach’s “story of resilience and perseverance is the story of all Filipinos.”
“Our warmest congratulations to the Philippines’ own, Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach,” Poe said.
“Her story of resilience and perseverance is the story of all Filipinos. She inspires with her grace and compassion for others. The Filipino heart indeed shone through! What a wonderful Christmas gift to us. It will bring many of us some much needed Christmas cheer,” she added. IDL