Press Release
January 18, 2016

Senate commends 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach

The Senate today adopted a resolution congratulating and commending Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach for winning the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant on December 20, 2015 at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Resolution 1697, introduced by Senator Manuel "Lito" Lapid, was adopted in consideration of Resolution 1698 authored by Senate President Franklin Drilon.

Wurtzbach is the third Filipina to wear the Miss Universe crown aside from Gloria Diaz and Margarita Moran who won in 1969 and 1973 respectively. Wurtzbach bested 79 other contestants from around the world.

Hailing from Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, the 26-year old Miss Universe 2015 title holder "exhibited not only classic Filipina beauty but also intelligence," the resolution stated.

Wurtzbach, who failed to win the title of Miss Universe-Philippines in 2013 and 2014, joined the pageant for the third time in 2015 and earned the privilege of representing the Philippines in the 64th Miss Universe Pageant.

"The Filipina beauty queen's positive attitude and strong determination to fulfil her dream of winning the 2015 Miss Universe title are indeed positive example and great inspiration to her countrymen, particularly the youth, that no dream is impossible as long as he or she puts his or her heart and mind in it," Drilon said.

Wurtzbach "gave Filipinos unparalleled pride and showed the world the unwavering spirit of Filipino beauty, grace and excellence," Lapid said. "The honor earned by our Filipino beauty queen deserves to be commended for the pride and recognition that it brought the country." (Apple Buenaventura)

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