Shaking it Off
As beloved as she is, Pia, just like every person in the spotlight, isn’t immune to the onslaught of haters. From rude callers during radio guestings to hateful Instagram comments, people have come out of the woodwork with all the mean-spiritedness that can only be assumed is an attempt to bank on another person’s fame. But, Pia being Pia, she deals with them in a way that Cosmopolitan april 2016 further cements the opinion of how well -deserved her win was. “I actually find it entertaining for myself to deal with them, because I like a good challenge,” she says with a conspiratorial grin. Every time it’s happened, she has never put anyone down, never made any potentially inflammatory statements; she’s stayed nothing less than classy. “When I’m faced with a situation where I have to think fast, I like that. I don’t know why, but I like getting myself out of situations like that. It keeps it interesting,” she adds.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise, though. From the very moment her reign began, she’s been the recipient of enough negative commentary to make even the most seasoned public figure shed a tear. But it’s her spirit and ability to transcend pettiness that make even that infamous pageant moment seem like ancient history.
The road to success is never easy, but Pia is no stranger to difficult situations. After all, this is the girl whose modelling and acting career began at a tender age to help supplement the family income, and who went through the rigorous Binibining Pilipinas pageant process three times before she finally made it to the big leagues. “I think that if it weren’t for the times that I didn’t make it right away, this win wouldn’t be as fulfilling. It wouldn’t be as rewarding if it didn’t take so long and if I didn’t work so hard,” she says. “If it