Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach came to the defense of the organization behind the pageant after several fans accused it of being a “cooking” show.
In the latest episode of her online show Queentuhan where she talked about everything post-coronation alongside Carla Lizardo and Bianca Guidotti, the 31-year-old Filipina-German beauty queen shared her thoughts about the recently-concluded event.
One of the topics that came up was about those who still couldn’t move on from the results of the competition.
While she admitted that she feels sad for Philippine candidate Rabiya Mateo, Pia said she believes there are still a lot of opportunities for the Ilongga native.
“There are women who don’t make it than the ones who win. Do you think that all those other girls didn’t deserve it or they’re not amazing? Alam mo, stepping stone ang Miss Universe. Hindi naman ‘ya,n ‘Ayan na tapos Miss Universe’ ka na lang forever, ‘yan na ‘yung peak ng life mo,’” she said.
She continued: “Parang ano ‘yan eh. It opens opportunities and for Rabiya naman, I am sure that she’s going to have a big career here in the Philippines. She’s so well-loved, she’s so down-to-earth, she’s relatable and she’s funny. So gusto siya ng mga tao.”
“I know that sikat na si Rabiya pero there’s so much waiting for her here. So, ako, I feel better when I think that,” she stated.
Reiterating how she feels for Rabiya, she said: “May konting kirot pa rin for Rabiya, but I’m happy about how the pageant turned out. I’m excited for Andrea [Meza], and I mean that.”
Pia also encouraged pageant fans to be good sports when it comes to the fate of the country’s representatives to the competition.
“I don’t like na hinihimay natin ng sobra ‘yung competition kasi hindi natin matanggap ‘yung winner or ‘yung fate ng candidate natin na sana maging sport tayo,” she said.
The Kapamilya star also defended the organization from accusations that there were irregularities in the competition.
“I read some comments na binili daw o kaya dahil marami daw Latina sa judges. ‘Wag natin i-doubt ‘yung organization. Kasi, wala nang manonood ng Miss Universe kung luto ‘to,” she added.
She added: “’Yun talaga ‘yung napili ng judges, it’s her destiny, let’s be sport. Let’s shake hands and mean it. Congratulations, accept defeat, and move on.”
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The Philippines’ bet at the Miss Universe competition — Rabiya Mateo — made it as a Top 21 finalist. Meanwhile, Andrea Meza of Mexico was crowned Miss Universe 2020.