JAKARTA, INDONESIA — Nagbigay ng advice si Pia Wurtzbach sa bagong batch of candidates ng Binibining Pilipinas na nais sumunod sa kanyang yapak bilang Miss Universe.
Nitong March 18, inanunsiyo ng Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. ang 40 official candidates na maglalaban-laban para sa anim na korona, kabilang ang Miss Universe Philippines.
Sa June 9 nakatakdang ganapin ang grand coronation night ng national beauty pageant sa Araneta Coliseum sa Quezon City.
Sa bagong batch ng Binibining Pilipinas candidates, marami ang gaya ni Pia ang patuloy na sumasabak sa kumpetisyon upang makuha ang korona.
Kabilang na rito sina Bb. Pilipinas 2018 first runner-up Vickie Rushton, Emma Tiglao, Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2015 Leren Mae Bautista, at marami pang iba.
Napanalunan ni Pia ang ikatlong Miss Universe crown ng Pilipinas noong 2015, matapos ang 42 taon.
Bago tanghaling Miss Universe, tatlong beses sumali si Pia sa Binibining Pilipinas bago siya nanalong Miss Universe Philippines noong 2015.
"For the repeaters, don't get discouraged that you're joining again," pahayag ni Pia sa panayam ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sa press conference ng #Lazada7Birthday Super Party sa Indonesia nitong Martes, March 26.
Patuloy nito, "I always feel, like, if it's really your dream, then you should go for it."
Para naman sa mga baguhang nakapasok bilang kandidata ng Binibining Pilipinas 2019, pinayuhan ni Pia ang mga kandidatang i-enjoy at matuto sa makukuha nilang experience.
Aniya, "To anybody who's new, you know, when you join a pageant like Binibining Pilipinas or Miss Universe, win or lose, it changes you.
"You just become a whole different person after.
"And all the trainings, all the lessons you learned from the pageant, you carry that with you throughout your life.
"Like me, I'm not a Miss universe anymore, but I learned so much when I was Miss Universe.
"Even before that, during my training as Binibini and all that, like, it made me who I am right now. It's been great.
"I urge women out there who feel like they want to join a beauty pageant, go for it because it will really help you.
"Win or lose, you're going to become a whole new woman."
Para kay Pia, hindi kailangang mixed-race ang isang kandidata bago ito tanghaling panalo sa Binibining Pilipinas basta't isasapuso at isip nito ang kanyang pagiging Pilipina.
Aniya, "You know, somebody who's, like, half-Filipina like me or half-German or somebody's full-Filipino...
"Anyone can be Miss Philippines as long as you have the right requirements, of course, legally, to become a Miss Philippines.
"And you have the heart to become Miss Philippines, to wear the sash that says Philippines, to represent the Philippines.
"I don't think, for example, you being half-Filipina would be a problem.
"As long as you feel inside you, in your heart, that you are Miss Philippines then you can be Miss Philippines."
Bukod kay Pia, mixed din ang ethnicity ng kasalukuyang Miss Universe na si Catriona Gray.
Samantala, patuloy pa rin si Pia sa trabaho nito bilang isang beauty queen kahit wala na sa kanya ang Miss Universe crown.
Dalawang taon matapos niyang ipasa ang korona, masugid pa rin niyang isinusulong ang kanyang advocacies kabilang na ang HIV/AIDS awareness programs sa tulong ng Love Yourself, Inc.
Aniya, "I think the work still continues. And this is something that I've said even after I passed on the crown...
"And something that Esther [Swan], my manager at Miss Universe, also keeps telling me that, 'You know, the work doesn't end after you pass on the crown.'
"It still continues on and that's what I'm still trying to do.
"I feel like just because I passed on the crown already doesn't mean I have to forget about Miss Universe or the things that I've done as Miss Universe or my advocacies."
Sa ngayon, isa sa pinagkakaabalahan ni Pia ay ang kanyang hosting career.
Isa si Pia sa mga host ng reality talent search na World of Dance Philippines kasama si Luis Manzano.
Ikinatutuwa ni Pia na naiimbitahan siya bilang host ng mga out-of-the-country events gaya ng sa Lazada 7th Birthday Super Party.
Aniya, "I always like it when I get invited to events like this.
"Because it realy helps with me as a host, like, with my hosting skills.
"I feel, like, the experience... the work that I've done in the Philippines and the shows that I've been doing in the Philippines has helped me become, you know, like, gain more experience as to hosting.
"I'm glad that I got invited here. That means, I'm doing a good job."