Miss Universe brings cheer to injured soldiers

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LUCKY KID Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach consoles a child from Smile Train, an organization providing corrective surgery for children with cleft lips and palates. PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUA

LUCKY KID Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach consoles a child from Smile Train, an organization providing corrective surgery for children with cleft lips and palates. PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUA

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach spent Thursday visiting patients at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center also known as V. Luna General Hospital in Quezon City.

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Accompanied by Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. chairperson Stella Marquez Araneta, Wurtzbach comforted injured soldiers at the hospital’s Heroes Ward 3A. She shook hands with the patients, shared jokes and told little stories about her experiences.

AFP Medical Center head Col. Joseph Acosta and AFP vice chief Lt. Gen. Edgar Fallorina led the officials who welcomed the beauty queen.

Doctors and hospital staff presented gifts to Wurtzbach—a patch, a name plate, and a Philippine flag.

The neauty queen then met with children from Smile Train, an organization providing corrective surgery for children with cleft lips and palates.

Before her hospital visit, Wurtzbach visited ABS-CBN where she started a career in acting,

Organizers of Wurtzbach’s homecoming told The Manila Times that she will also be meeting with people with HIV throughout her brief Philippine visit.

HIV awareness is one of Wurtzbach’s two advocacies. The other is cyber bullying.
At her grand press conference on Sunday, she said that she is planning get tested as a way to take out the stigma in HIV.

“To take out the stigma, somebody has to step forward and do something so other people can follow suit. What we are planning to do is to have my HIV test in New York. It will be a public testing so I can show everybody how easy it is to do and how important it is, I hope it can help, even just a little,” Miss Universe said.

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