Press Release
January 25, 2016

Congratulatory Message of SP Drilon to 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach

On behalf of the Senate of the Philippines, I offer my heartiest congratulations to Ms. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach and we are pleased and honored to present her with the Senate Resolution commending her for bringing honor to our country.

For a country that is very proud of the intelligence, talent and beauty of its women, this is indeed a great reason to celebrate.

Like our boxing champ Manny Pacquiao, Pia unites our nation at a time when various issues divide us. Except that she comes in a prettier package.

Pia, we all know that your journey towards the Miss Universe crown was not easy. Beneath all the smiles and the glitz and glamor, there was hard work --- pure hard work.

Your fierce faith in God, determination and the strong support of the people who love you and who believe in you, brought you to where you are now.

Pia's composure while Steve Harvey was trying to correct his mistake was admirable. Pia is a breath of fresh air. In that nerve-wracking moment, you have shown the world, not just the beauty, but also the grace and elegance of the Filipino woman.

I understand that Pia has made the fight against HIV her main advocacy. I can assure you that the Senate is one with you in this campaign. We will work on legislation that will boost this campaign. We also have a champion. Our very own Pia, Senator Pia Cayetano.

Pia's life story has inspired millions of Filipinos. I hope she will continue use her voice to influence the Filipino youth in nation-building. Today, we need heroes to unite us and the Senate finds in Pia that hero that we need to unite us.

Once again, thank you very much for bringing pride and honor to our country.

Congratulations. God bless you always.

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