My Best Photos of Pia Wurtzbach at Bb. Pilipinas 2015


Our new Miss Universe Philippines 2015 (Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2015) is a Fil-German beauty born in Stuttgart but with roots in Cagayan de Oro. She began her career as a model in the Philippines at age 11. As a young teener, her gorgeous face has graced the covers of magazines like Candy and Meg. At age 12, ABS-CBN launched her as an up-and-coming star. Her stage name? Pia Romero.
In 2013, Pia Romero repackaged herself as Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, left her successful showbiz life and entered the world of pageants. That year she placed 1st Runner up in Bb. Pilipinas. Not satisfied, she tried again in 2014 but did not enter the winner’s circle – a shocking disappointment to pageant fans including this blogger. When we thought that was the last we would see of Pia in pageants, she signed up once again this year. And the risk paid off – Pia Wurtzbach won the biggest beauty title in the land:  Miss Philippines Universe!
Pia Wurtzbach during the swimsuit competition of Bb. Pilipinas 2015

Binibini #10 Pia Wurtzbach during the swimsuit competition of Bb. Pilipinas 2015

Did you know that Pia Wurtzbach is a trained chef? Apparently, some genetically blessed people can study culinary arts and maintain their abs. This girl trained in the art of cooking in 2009 at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies. Apart from whipping up food masterpieces, Pia has many talents – she is a make-up artist, a contributor for Inquirer lifestyle, can act, model, sing and dance!

Pia Wurtzbach, swimsuit competition, Bb. Pilipinas 2015

Pia Wurtzbach, swimsuit competition, Bb. Pilipinas 2015

Even last year (2014) I had Pia Wurtzbach pegged for a crown. So it was deeply disappointing when she didn’t even place as a runner-up. In this news story, Pia admits breaking down and making ‘hagulgol’ backstage afterwards. She had worked so hard for her dream and felt so hurt that all her effort was in vain.

But she is really one strong woman, an example that I look up to. Soon after her loss in 2014 she posted on her Instagram: “I am forever grateful.”

Apart from loving her for her strength of character, I adore her gorgeous body. Just check out the collage above!

Pia Wurtzbach, long gown competition, Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2015

Pia Wurtzbach, long gown competition, Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2015

For me, Pia Wurtzbach excels in the long gown competition. Even if she didn’t bag the award for Best in Evening Gown or the Best in National Costume in this year’s pageant, in my list, she got the highest scores.

Her angelic face and powerful pasarela in long gown are, for me, her main edge, as she represents the Philippines in Miss Universe 2015. Why? Because the long gown competition in MU has been our waterloo for the past few years. But if we are sending Pia then we have a bigger chance of scoring higher in that area.

Of course, lets continue to clamor for a Filipino designer to dress this girl come MU 2015. While I am happy that Filipino designers were given honor in this year’s Bb. Pilipinas fashion show, I won’t be completely happy until I know that Pia will indeed be wearing homegrown designs both in the National Costume and Evening Gown competitions.

 Pia Wurtzbach is called forward as Miss Creamsilk in Bb. Pilipinas 2015

Pia Wurtzbach is called forward as Miss Creamsilk in Bb. Pilipinas 2015

It truly was a huge risk for Pia Wurtzbach to join again this year, her third shot at a Binibini crown. When I saw her at the Press Presentation for batch 2015, I noticed her ‘new attitude’ on stage. She was cool, calm and collected – unlike last year when she was fierce and extremely competive. I think it was good strategy to dial the heat down but keep the energy level up.

What made her take this chance of competing a third time? She could have lost! In this interview with The Philippine Star she explains that she didn’t want to have any regrets. Now thats one lesson we can all learn from this beauty queen. To make sure we life without regrets…

Pia Wurtzbach recieves Miss Creamsilk award in Bb. Pilipinas 2015

Pia Wurtzbach recieves Miss Creamsilk award in Bb. Pilipinas 2015

I honestly was worried about Pia’s chances of winning this year when she did not get either the Long Gown or the Best in Swimsuit award. Both are strong indicators of victory.

Speaking of her gown, there was a bit of intrigue that Pia Wurtzbach’s evening gown was sabotaged – it was found dirtied up. But Pia has denied this bit of rumor saying that all the girls in this batch are friends and that it never happened. Read more about it in this Rappler article.

Pia Wurtzbach during the Q&A

Pia Wurtzbach during the Q&A

 “I think that we should be careful with what we post online especially our thoughts and our opinions that we don’t hurt anybody. Especially selfies, we have to be careful with what we post especially with our bodies and our faces so always think before you click.”

That was Pia Wurtzbach’s winning answer to Congresswoman Leni Robredo’s question on internet censorship. And I agree with Pia that it starts with self-censorship. Gosh, we are learning so much from this girl!

5) Pia Wurtzbach's different faces of joy at winning Miss Philippines Universe in Bb. Pilipinas 2015

Pia Wurtzbach’s different faces of joy at winning Miss Philippines Universe in Bb. Pilipinas 2015

Well, it turns out that not winning the Best in Swimsuit or the Long Gown did not matter. In the end Pia Wurtzbach was announced THE new Miss Philippines Universe 2015 (Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2015)!!!

Don’t you just love her facial expressions? My favorite one is the top left pic with her covering her mouth and her eyes almost popping out. And look at how poised she still is with one hand on her hip and the other on her mouth again. She is SO adorable!

Pia Wurtzbach gets a hug from outgoing Miss Philippines Universe 2014 MJ Lastimosa

Pia Wurtzbach gets a hug from outgoing Miss Philippines Universe 2014 MJ Lastimosa

This photo above is one of my favorite ones in this blog post. It is symbolic of friendship beyond borders. MJ Lastimosa and Pia Wurtzbach belong to rival pageant training camps. The rivalry of the camps is so fierce that I have heard stories of it affecting the friendships of the contestants themselves. But as I watched these two girls embrace, I felt warmth and friendship. Now they belong to one camp – Bb. Pilipinas!

Pia Wurtzbach gets the Miss Philippines Universe 2015 sash first...

Pia Wurtzbach gets the Miss Philippines Universe 2015 sash first…

As she dons her sash with the help of MJ Lastimosa, our lovely Pia ends her journey as a struggling contestant and now begins a new one as Miss Philippines Universe 2015. She will face a whole new set of struggles including training for Miss Universe which is a demanding process of continuous self-improvement. If you want to keep track of her day-to-day activities as Miss Universe Philippines 2015, follow her Twitter here…

.... and then it's time for the crown. Pia Wurtzbach gets emotional as she wears her Miss Philippines Universe 2015 crown for the first time!

…. and then it’s time for the crown. Pia Wurtzbach gets emotional as she wears her Miss Philippines Universe 2015 crown for the first time!

Pia Wurtzbach’s crown is heavier than most because it is a crown that took three years of sacrifice to win. But those three years also include a truckload of joy thanks to many new and wonderful friends and priceless once-in-a-lifetime experiences. I don’t doubt that Pia is savoring each moment now that she is living her dream.

Congratulations Pia! I have followed you all this time, through the ups and downs and can’t be happier to see you as queen. I wish you the best as you train for the greatest fight of your life. With you wearing the Philippine sash, I’m confident that our chance at winning Miss Universe is greater than ever. May God bless you with favor and may He shine His face upon you.

The newly crowned Miss Philippines Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach with her court - Kimverlyn Suiza (2nd RU), Ann Colis (Tourism), Christi McGarry (Intercontinental), Janicel Lubina (International), Rogelie Catacutan (Supranational) and Hannah Ruth SIson (1st RU)

The newly crowned Miss Philippines Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach with her court – Kimverlyn Suiza (2nd RU), Ann Colis (Tourism), Christi McGarry (Intercontinental), Janicel Lubina (International), Rogelie Catacutan (Supranational) and Hannah Ruth Sison (1st RU)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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