Philippine bet Pia Wurtzbach was welcomed with loud cheers at the preliminary competition of the 64th Miss Universe pageant on Wednesday (Thursday morning, Philippine time).
Donned in a silver sequined dress, Wurtzbach was all smiles as she introduced herself to the crowd at the Axis in Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
The crowd continued to cheer the 26-year-old beauty queen as she came out confidently onstage clad in black-and-white two-piece bikini during the swimwear portion.
Wurtzbach showed no hints of the wardrobe “emergency” she had the night before the preliminary competition as she walked onstage wearing a red gown by Oliver Tolentino during the evening gown portion. Reports surfaced that the original gown that the off-the-rack gown purchased by the Miss Universe organizers did not fit and they had no alternative outfit for the competition.
This year, 80 contestants will compete for the Miss Universe title and the pageant will air this Sunday, December 20, 2015 ( Monday, December 21, Manila Time).