Pia Wurtzbach

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Pia Wurtzbach

Beauty pageant titleholder

Wurtzbach in July 2016

Born Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach

24 September 1989 (age 27)

Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany

Other names
Pia Romero

Hometown Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, Philippines

Occupation Beauty pageant titleholder



Pia Wurtzbach. later.73 m)[1] Measurements 34-23-35 Hair color Black Eye color Brown Title(s) Miss Universe Philippines 2015 Miss Universe 2015 Major Binibining Pilipinas 2013 competition(s) (1st Runner-up) Binibining Pilipinas 2014 (Top 15) Binibining Pilipinas 2015 (Winner. model and beauty queen who was crowned Miss Universe 2015 on 20 December 2015 after becoming Miss Universe Philippines 2015 at the Binibining Pilipinas 2015 pageant on 15 March 2015.2Miss Universe 2015  4Post Miss Universe  5Personal life . Wurtzbach is the third Filipina to win the title of Miss Universe.[7][8] Contents [hide]  1Early life and background  2Acting career  3Pageantry o 3. TV host.[4][5][6] is a German–Filipino actress.1Binibining Pilipinas o 3.Miss Universe Philippines 2015) Miss Universe 2015 (Winner) Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach[2] (born 24 September 1989[3]). formerly known in the Philippine entertainment and modeling industry as Pia Romero and. following Gloria Diaz who won in 1969 and Margarita Moran who won in 1973. television presenter Years active 2002–present Height 5 ft 8 in (1.

[11] She finished her secondary education at ABS-CBN Distance Learning Center in Quezon City. and All About Love (2006).2Film  7References  8External links Early life and background[edit] Wurtzbach was born in the German city of Stuttgart to a German father and Filipino mother.1Television o 6.[17][18][19] She appeared in films such as Kung Ako Na Lang Sana (2003). however. as per the naming practice in the Philippines and based upon Spanish naming customs.[14] She also speaks basic German. 6Filmography o 6. All My Life (2004). the concert variety program ASAP.[12][13] Wurtzbach speaks fluent Cebuano. she was included on the Star Circle Batch 11. She began acting at age four under the stage name Pia Romero. the romance anthology Your Song. The family would settle. in Iligan City in the Philippines and would later move to Cagayan de Oro City[9] in the country's Northern Mindanao region where she attended kindergarten at Kong Hua School and primary school at Corpus Christi.[17] She went on to become a stylist. makeup artist and beauty writer for Philippine Daily Inquirer's 2bU section. actress. Among her TV credits are the teen-oriented series K2BU.[15] Acting career[edit] Wurtzbach is a professional model.[10] Her parents separated when she was 9 years old and she became the family's main breadwinner by doing modeling and acting. the sitcom show Bora. Star Magic. Metro Manila and studied culinary arts at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies in San Juan. Her middle name "Alonzo" is her mother's maiden name. which she described as "enough to get myself a bratwurst". Metro Manila. host and TV personality. she spent several years in England. English and Tagalog.[16] Managed by ABS-CBN Corporation's talent agency.[12][20] Pageantry[edit] Binibining Pilipinas[edit] . and the drama series Sa Piling Mo.[6] After being raised in the Philippines.

any title that year. During the first question and answer round. Do you think the United States should have a military presence in your country?".[11] She was asked a question in Tagalog by a Filipino judge. We were colonized by the Americans and we have their culture in our traditions even up to this day and I think that we're very welcoming with the Americans and I don't see any problem with that at all. that I am confidently beautiful with a heart. Wurtzbach was asked by host Steve Harvey: "Earlier this year.Pia Wurtzbach during Binibining Pilipinas 2015.[11] On her third attempt for the title in 2015. Thank you. I will use my voice to influence the youth. . which she answered in Tagalog. therefore. During Binibining Pilipinas 2013. Senator Sonny Angara. Miss Universe Philippines. In the final question and answer portion. I want to show the world.[22] A controversy erupted when she failed to win any title following her question-and-answer portion. and I would raise awareness to certain causes like HIV awareness that is timely and relevant to my country which is the Philippines. the top three contestants were asked the same question by Harvey: "Why should you be the next Miss Universe?" and she replied: [24] To be a Miss Universe is both an honor and responsibility.[21] She joined the Binibining Pilipinas 2014. and went on to compete in the Miss Universe 2015 Pageant. United States. but only placed in the top 15. the universe rather. Nevada. there was a controversy in the Philippines about the United States reopening a military base in your country. [23] Miss Universe 2015[edit] Further information: Miss Universe 2015 Wurtzbach represented the Philippines in the 2015 Miss Universe contest held on 20 December 2015 in Las Vegas. Wurtzbach answered:[24] I think that the United States and the Philippines have always had a good relationship with each other.[11] Online commentators wondered if the question and answer in Tagalog cost her points from the international judges and. Wurtzbach joined the Binibining Pilipinas Pageant three times before winning the Binibining Pilipinas Universe title. If I were to be Miss Universe. she won the highest title. she was named as the 1st Runner-up.

Pasay and Quezon City.[35][36][37][38] On 25 March 2016.[42][43][44] On 12 April 2016 she came back to the Philippines for the Binibining Pilipinas 2016 pageant [45] and on 17 April crowned her successor Maxine Medina as Miss Universe Philippines 2016 during the coronation night. she was reunited with Miss Universe Canada 2015. host Steve Harvey mistakenly announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez as the winner.Wurtzbach before throwing out a first pitch for the New York Mets in April 2016 At the end of the show. after Gutiérrez's crowning. she traveled to Bali. Indonesia to shoot a commercial for C 1000.[25] Wurtzbach is the third Miss Universe from the Philippines after Gloria Diaz in 1969.[46] During .[32][33] While in San Francisco. charity works and film a new commercial for Philippine Airlines. She also met and gave some advice to the contestants of Miss Universe Canada 2016. and Margarita Moran in 1973.[34] On 28 February 2016.[26][27][28] On 21 January 2016. During her stay in Canada. she was also reunited with Janine Tugonon. Harvey returned to the stage and stated that he had misread the results and that Wurtzbach was really Miss Universe 2015.[39][40][41] She also met and gave advice to the candidates of Binibining Pilipinas 2016 during their press presentation. Paola Nunez Valdez.[29] Two days later.[30][31] On 1 February 2016. Senate of the Philippines and Malacañang Palace. on 23 January 2016. However. Makati. Wurtzbach returned to the Philippines for an unannounced visit to take care of some personal things including renewing her Philippine passport. she arrived in San Francisco to fulfill her duties as Inside Edition's special correspondent for Super Bowl 50. she arrived in the Philippines for a week-long homecoming celebration with visits to the cities of Manila. Paulina Vega (Miss Universe 2014) then removed the crown from Gutiérrez's head and placed it on Wurtzbach's head. Canada to deliver a speech against bullying at the Speakers Forum for the International Students of the Language Academy of Canada wherein she shared some of her childhood experiences as a victim of bullying. a vitamin brand available in Indonesia. she travelled to Toronto. Miss Universe 2012 1st Runner-up from the Philippines. She also had courtesy calls to the Congress of the Philippines.

Vanessa Tevi while Miss USA 2015. placed 2nd runner-up. Miss Ecuador 2016 during her visit. [63] the Cayman Islands. Carlos Falquez Batallas to the city and was named as an honorary volunteer of the Guayas Red Cross wherein she was invited to participate in the global appeal of raise resources to build 6. who at Miss Universe.[66] the United Arab Emirates.[56] She was also given a chance to meet Connie Jiménez. 2017.[53] A month later on 27 May 2016.[57] In June 2016. Miss Peru 2016.[71] On 5 May.[48] On 21 April 2016. held on 29 January 2017 in Manila.the pageant she was reunited with Miss Myanmar 2015. Ecuador to help the victims of the recent earthquake that killed the lives of at least 600 people. Philippines.[51] Wurtzbach along with Miss Peru 2015.[47] Wurtzbach's farewell speech and walk at Binibining Pilipinas 2016 as Miss Universe Philippines 2015. Wurtzbach represented the Philippines and the Miss Universe Organization in a high- level meeting of the United Nations that aimed at ending AIDS.000 homes for the earthquake victims.[69] Post Miss Universe[edit] On January 29. Wurtzbach arrived in Peru to attend Miss Peru 2016 pageant where she served as a judge.[72] Personal life[edit] . The project will serve as her acting comeback after six years and her first film in more than a decade. Wurtzbach revealed that she has signed a contract with WME/IMG's IMG Universe division where she will continue to work with the Miss Universe Organization as an HIV/AIDS awareness advocate after her reign.[64]Thailand.[70] It was also revealed that she will appear on the fifth cycle of Asia's Next Top Model as a guest judge on several episodes. the Philippines.[62] Ecuador. Laura Spoya crowned Valeria Piazza. she is reportedly set to costar with Vice Ganda and Daniel Padilla in a film under production of Star Cinema.[60] Canada. Wurtzbach threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the New York Mets. May Barani Thaw and Miss Malaysia 2015.[61] Peru.[68] Wurtzbach relinquished her Miss Universe crown and passed it on to Iris Mittenaere of France at the 65th Miss Universe pageant. Wurtzbach visited Indonesia.[49][50] She also had a press conference a day before the pageant and was greeted by the Lima City Mayor.[52] Wurtzbach meets up with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in July 2016 On 27 April 2016. trended at social media with enormous hits. several cities across the United States and her native country.[58][59] In her capacity as Miss Universe. Olivia Jordan served as a judge.[67] Singapore.[54][55] She was welcomed by the mayor of Machala.[65] Panama. Luis Castaneda and received an honor of being "The Distinguished Guest of Lima". Wurtzbach travelled to Machala.

Wurtzbach's advocacy for same-sex marriage became particularly visible in the wake of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting. [79] On 3 May 2017.[75][76] and recognition of LGBT rights in the Philippines. Wurtzbach confirmed to have been in a relationship with Filipino-Swiss race car driver Marlon Stöckinger. .[76] She stated on Twitter that she neither has plans to marry nor to have children anytime soon after her reign.[74] Wurtzbach supports gender equality.[74] Wurtzbach has openly supported views that are at variance with Catholic Church teaching.Though a practising Catholic[73] and Marian devotee. particularly the distribution of birth control via full implementation of the Philippines' Reproductive Health Law. Wurtzbach was named a UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific. releasing an Instagram post declaring her support for the LGBT community.[78] On 16 January 2017. The two had reportedly started dating by October 2016.[77] On 13 December 2016. Wurtzbach met with Manila Archbishop Luis Tagle for Caritas Internationalis at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros and received a personal rosary from Pope Francis.