In a report by Rachelle Cruz of Balitang America on TFC last March 1, Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach had a brief visit in Toronto, Canada and during her stay she was able to give a talk about the topic of bullying to the students of the International Language Academy of Canada. She shared that she also has experienced bullying as a teenager and also when she was in the Philippine showbiz industry.
"I experienced bullying in different forms. I experienced it in school. I felt like I was the odd one out growing up in the province because I was half-Filipino and half-German, so I wasn't a full blooded Filipina and of course I was the tallest in my class and I felt kind of awkward. I went through an awkward phase and even when I was an actress, there was a lot of scrutiny there as well," the beauty queen said.
“What we need here and the rest of the world is a change of values…to accept our differences. That is a fact of life. And the more we become accepting, the more we become tolerant. And the more we care, she added.
After her talk, city councilman Tom Rakocevic said, "She was the person who started working at the age of 11, and she was the breadwinner as she said, and someone who worked so hard to get her success, so she's a great inspiration.”
Eva Reyes, who is a fan of Pia also commented, “Telling her story about all her hardships, all of the trials she has gone through in order to be where she is, it's very inspiring."
During Pia’s interview, she told Balitang America how she matured because of her new responsibilities as Miss Universe.
"I definitely matured over the last two months and I can't believe it's only been two months - just because so many things have happened already," she said.
Photo screenshot from the TFC Balitang America video.