Why She’s The Best Miss Universe Ever
by gaby ignacio • photographed by bj pascual
The whole world, it seems, knows everything There is To know about Pia alonzo wurtzbach.
One would gather that it comes with being, officially, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World.
From the basic bits of information like her birthday (September 24th, which makes her a Libra), her hometown (born in Stuttgart, Germany, but grew up in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines), and her career highlights (she began acting at age 11 under the name Pia Romero), to the less accessible tidbits like the name of her beloved pet chihuahua (Prada) and her favorite video game ( Finalfantasyviii— she liked the love story), the life of the 26-year-old beauty queen appears to be an open book.
Serenely sitting in her suite at the Hotel Novotel as makeup artist and friend Gery Peñaso begins the process of enhancing her naturally radiant good looks into glamazon gorgeousness, the soft-spoken Pia is the very definition of the word ‘enigmatic.’
“‘Initially, she was lagging and didn’t really know what she was going to say...after a cup of coffee...,’” she quips, offering the lead to her own story with that signature sense of humor that charms you from the minute you meet her. She takes a sip of the said coffee—black is apparently how she takes it—and though she answers every question insightfully, it’s easy to see that she’s fighting some serious exhaustion. Understandably so: It’s the final day of her triumphant homecoming and, for the past week, she’d been doing the requisite media rounds, public appearances, and courtesy calls.
“Miss Universe was something that I’ve always wanted to be, ever since I was a little girl,” she shares. “I think it’s the same for most little girls. We watch them on TV and it’s like those women can do no wrong.” She reveals the very moment she decided she wanted the crown for herself. “It was the year with