Miss Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach, wowed the judges and the world with her answer during the Q & A portion for Miss Universe 2015. The question thrown to her was political but she aced it. As reports emerged that she dated the Philippine president before the contest, it seemed fate worked in a wonderful way for her. President Benigno Aquino III had always been a strong ally for the United States.
During top 5, Miss Philippines was asked this question: “Earlier this year, there was a controversy in Philippines about the United States reopening a base in your country. Do you think the United States should have a military presence in your country?”
Her answer was: “I think that the United States and the Philippines have always had a hodd relationship with each other. We were colonized by the Americans and we have their culture and 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.”
It seemed that Miss Philippines has a working knowledge of the U.S.-Philippines relations. She dated the Philippine president right before she joined Miss Universe 2015. They actually spent time together when the controversy of reopening U.S. military bases in the Philippines happened.
Kris Aquino, the president’s sister, said that the family liked Miss Philippines. She said Wurtzbach could deny she was seeing the president, especially since they dated when her brother was criticized for being pro-U.S. But Wurtzbach did otherwise. “Noy (nickname for the president) was being hit left and right. But she spoke for him,” Aquino told ABS CBN.
Asked if Miss Philippines liked the president in a romantic way, Aquino said she entertained him but she was very much focused about the upcoming Miss Universe 2015. She said that nothing was clear whether there was something going on between Wurtzbach and her brother. She, however, revealed that the Philippine president sent her flowers before she left for the competition.
Indeed, Miss Philippines was lauded when she won the crown. In an official statement from the Office of the President, she was described as having the characteristic, beauty, intelligence and elegance for which Filipinas are known for. “In bagging this victory, Ms. Wurtzbach not only serves as a tremendous source of pride for our people, but also holds up the banner of our women and of our country—as a true representative of what the Filipina can achieve. Indeed, this triumph is the result not only of her beauty but also of her passion for positive change, as one who is confidently beautiful with the heart,” the statement reads.