Two weeks after her unforgettable yet controversial coronation, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach finally shared her feelings to fellow Filipinos in her first ever interview for the local media.
Wurtzbach, who is currently in New York City, was interviewed on ABS-CBN’s morning show Umagang Kay Ganda.
One of the issues touched was the burning of her effigy on New Year’s eve by Colombians. The video posted by user Noider Almanza Barraza and reposted by local parody account Senyora Santibanez has since gone viral.
“Nag-research ako ng konti, nalaman ko na part pala ng tradition nila na every New Year, sinusunog nila yung bad memories para hindi na maulit sa susunod bagong taon. Kaya para sa akin, na hindi sanay sa ganoong tradition, medyo bago siya . . . Yan ang kinaganda ng Miss Universe, may matututunan ka tungkol sa mga customs ng mga ibang bansa.
Yung iba medyo nakakagulat pero ganun talaga [I did some research and I found out that it’s actually part of their tradition, that every new year, they burn bad memories so that they won’t happen again in the new year. So if I’m not familiar with that tradition, it’s going to new. That’s also the beauty of Miss Universe, you learn about customs of other countries. Others are surprising but that’s the way they are].”
On her Colombian bashers, Wurtzbach said she chose not to get affected.
“I don’t let it affect me may because I’ve had my fair share of bashers even way, way back so I learned to choose my battles,” she said.
“Naiintindihan ko naman kung san sila nangagaling. Siyempre yung kababayan nila ganun yung nangyari. Siguro kung sa atin nangyari yun, mau-upset din tayo at magre-react din tayo ng ganun [I understand where they are coming from. Maybe if that happened to us, we’ll also get upset and we’ll react in the same manner],” she said.
She also only had praises for her runner-up, Ariadna Gutierrez who was originally crowned as Miss Universe due to host Steve Harvey’s mistake. She said, “I know Ariadna [Gutierrez] is a beautiful and talented young lady who will have a lot of opportunities.”
She said that she communicated with Gutierrez on Christmas Day, which was also her birthday.
“I texted her ‘Happy birthday, Merry Christmas and I hope you are doing okay’ and she replied the same. I really do sincerely hope that she is fine,” Wurtzbach added.
The 26-year-old beauty hopes to push her advocacies namely HIV awareness, fight against cyber-bullying and relief operations.
“[These three advocacies are what I want to] focus and of course the organizations connected with Miss Universe . . . I want to push my causes because the crown wouldn’t mean a thing if there’s no positive impact,” she said.