Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach made her mark with an emotional speech during the coronation night at the Binibining Pilipinas 2016 pageant at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday.
Wearing an immaculate white gown, Wurtzbach brought back her iconic “smize” in her farewell walk before she delivered her heartfelt speech as the Binibining Pilipinas – Universe 2015.
She began her speech by thanking God and her fellow Filipinos. “In the years that I have appeared on this very same stage, my biggest realization is that you should never give up on your dreams. We should never waver in our perseverance and never let obstacles hinder our progress. A dream is a picture of a possibility and we should have a strong heart and a prepared mind to turn that into reality.” She also thanked specific individuals and groups who have helped her throughout her Binibining Pilipinas journey.
She also gave a message to her successor which received cheers from the crowd, “To my successor, just remember to give your best. Behind that beautiful gown, your knees may be trembling like me right now. I’m still not used to it,” she said. “And being in front of millions of people is nerve-wracking, but you have to remember that you are proudly wearing that sash that says Philippines. And believe me, in you moments of doubt, you just have to remember that you have the whole country cheering you on.”