MANILA – Pia Wurtzbach was recently asked to share her thoughts about the kind of candidate that the new entity behind the Miss Universe franchise in the Philippines should send to the international stage.
The Miss Universe 2015 titleholder believes that the next representative of the country should go beyond her sweet image and command attention.
“I think the next Miss Universe Philippines should be spicy,” she said on the sidelines of an event by the homegrown fast-food giant Jollibee, which launched her as an endorser for its classic and spicy tuna pie. “We’re done with the sweet era and we’ve done that already.”
“I feel like a Miss Universe, when she walks into a room, she catches your attention right away… Sweet is something that’s given because as an advocate, as a Miss Universe, you should be relatable to people, you should be authentic. And that makes you sweet,” she went on. “But I think you should also have that ‘it’ factor, that confidence. And that’s where I think spicy dapat.”
Wurtzbach certainly walks her talk as she continues to make waves as a celebrity and advocate five years after her Miss Universe reign.
Paying it forward, the beauty queen and actress said she has offered to help this year’s batch of candidates in Miss Universe Philippines (MUP). She also expressed her support for Binibining Pilipinas, the former holder of the Miss Universe franchise in the country.
“If they ever need me to come in and do a pep talk with the girls, or just give a session, I’m up for that as long as kaya ng schedule,” she said.
As for her advice to candidates of any pageant in the Philippines, Wurtzbach stressed the importance of staying true to their roots.
“I have a very Filipino accent, and back in the States, they actually like it. They find it endearing. Kasi ako, minsan nako-conscious ako because people here back home feel like I need to tone it down a bit and sound more American. But over there, they don’t really care so much about your accent, or you having to have perfect English or grammar. It’s more about the personality and your humor, your wit, how you present yourself,” she explained.
“And I think this also applies to other beauty queens na galing sa Philippines… Don’t focus too much on changing your accent or trying to have perfect English, because that’s not what they’re looking for. They’re looking for somebody who can express themselves – whether perfect or not in English,” she ended.
MUP national director Shamcey Supsup earlier gave a similar tip to their candidates as she encouraged them to speak in their own language or dialect during the national competition.
“My advice to the girls is just to be proud of where they came from. Sabi ko nga, if you have a dialect or you speak Bisaya, don’t be afraid to speak in Bisaya because we have to be proud of where we came from,” she said.
“Para, you know, the youth or the little girls looking up to us will also be proud of where they came from.”