While Pia's reign as Miss Universe may be coming to an end, her elegance, wit and warm personality has forever elevated the Pinoy standard of beauty and grace.
Here are some moments when Pia proved that her beauty comes from within:
When she helped a non-profit org in New York last Thanksgiving:
Voila! ???? @GodsLoveNYC will cook and deliver thousands of holiday meals on Thanksgiving to their clients in the NYC area who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves. They will also cook and deliver Thanksgiving meals to the children and senior caregivers of their clients, as well as guest meals so that no client has to spend the holiday alone. You can sponsor a holiday meal and #CelebrateWithaPlate for just $10 each! Please go to glwd.org/celebratewithaplate to sponsor one or more holiday meals and help someone have a very happy Thanksgiving. ??
When she stood up against cyber bullying:
Madam Stella Marquez Araneta is the national director in Miss Philippines and she is Colombian. She is married to a highly respected Filipino businessman. Also, she was the very first woman to win the Miss International title ever. She also competed in Miss Universe and placed top 15. Today, she is the Charge d' Affaires of the Consulate of Colombia to Manila in the Philippines. I've known Madam for years. We've been through a lot, happiness and tears, and she has been a witness to my determination. See, I live alone in Manila. They are family to me, she is family to me. People may have said a lot of things about her, about me, but at the end of the day, I am her daughter. Madam, thank you for trusting me. I promised to not ever lie to you or let you down. I will never forget the day I found out that my biological father passed away and I was in the office of Binibini already ready to leave for an event. She immediately went to me to comfort me. She insisted that I go skip work and go home and rest but I said "No, Madam. I don't want to be alone in my apartment. Nobody there at the event has to know. I can still go." And also that fateful day where I requested to talk to her privately and vowed that I would not go behind her back and asked her to just please trust me to wear a Filipino made gown in blue which was my color of choice. Even little moments where I would google translate and say "voy a ser miss Universo!" Just to see her smile. I worked years to gain her trust, even when I lost. When I lost in 2014 I was the last candidate to leave the coliseum cos I was looking for her to say goodbye, we hugged and I said "I thought I would be here longer". But I think deep inside she knew I would be back. There were many ups and downs, not just with me but also the other queens as well. But after all that, this was and is the end result. So you see, the person that trusted me to compete is from Colombia. So why the hate? In fact, we are bonded by years of partnership and a sense of family. I hope the hateful messages and cyber bullying can stop soon. Let's show respect. And I'm not writing this to gain your love, I am writing this to show my respect. ??????????????????
When she shared her victory with the Filipino people:
"And I say we because this is not my crown, this is our crown."
When she started an HIV Awareness campaign on #WorldAidsDay:
TODAY is #WorldAidsDay. ?? I am calling on each of you to join me in creating worldwide awareness to the sudden increase in HIV infection around the globe. Post your photo and use #WorldAidsDay and @MissUniverse. I'll be liking photos throughout the day so be sure to tag @MissUniverse! ????????????@UNAIDSGlobal @GMHC | Hands Up for #HIVPrevention
When she offered her support to Miss Universe Philippines 2016, Maxine Medina:
Although she's feeling nervous for the pageant, Maxine says that Queen P gave her reassuring words to help her keep calm:
"Relax ka lang, kasi kasama mo naman ako throughout."
When she championed authenticity: