A Dubai-based luxury magazine called Xpedition named Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach as Woman of the Year. But the latest addition to the her ever-growing list of recognitions received mixed reactions from fans.
Pia, who posted a photo from the event after receiving the award, thanked the award-giving body behind the recognition.
“I’m so grateful to receive one of them. Thank you for recognizing my efforts,” she wrote in the caption.
According to Pia, she feels hurt whenever someone would tell her that she didn’t do anything to deserve the award given to her.
“I noticed a few bashers questioning why I was given this award, also saying that I don’t deserve it,” she stated.
She added: “I usually don’t like answering them but I have to admit, nahuhurt ako pag sinasabing ‘wala ka namang ginawa.’”
Meanwhile, fellow beauty queen Katarina Rodriguez came to Pia’s defense, writing: “You also supported @savethechildrenph in their Save with Stories and campaign, volunteering your time and platform. And you also helped raise funds for their typhoon relief programs.”
A total of 15 awards were given including one handed out to Kapamilya talent-turned- Now United member Bailey May who got recognized as Young Achiever of the Year.
Last September 2019, Xpedition also honored Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray with the same award.