A VOICE With a Cause

Cosmopolitan (Philippines) - - The Cosmo Interview -

And what a mes­sage she started with. Pia pushed the tra­di­tional and staunchly Catholic Philip­pine en­ve­lope by cham­pi­oning a cause that, given the con­text and so­cial cli­mate of the coun­try, many wouldn’t dare touch with a ten­foot pole: HIV/AIDS aware­ness. Not con­tent with sim­ply pay­ing lip ser­vice dur­ing her Q&A and talk­ing sta­tis­tics, she even went on record to say that she would her­self get pub­licly tested. “I just Hindi na ako nagku­lang doon.”

Break­ing Bar­ri­ers

Even this early on, Pia has made it clear that she is far from the quin­tes­sen­tial im­age of the beauty queen. Though re­gal, she is real, and it is that which she wishes to de­fine her reign. “I want to change the idea that we’re not hu­man. I un­der­stand; I was the same way,” she says. “I used to think of beauty queens as un­touch­able, but now that I’m here, I wanna change that. I want to be as nat­u­ral as pos­si­ble, and be re­lat­able and ap­proach­able. I want peo­ple to see

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