MANILA, Philippines – It’s been a quite a pageant journey for Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach – and despite a small bump in the road as the winners were being announced, Pia was finally crowned Miss Universe at the coronation night held Sunday, December 20 in Las Vegas.
In a shocking twist, host Steve Harvey initially mistakenly announced Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, as the winner. He later apologized for the error, clarifying that Pia was actually the winner, while Ariadna was first runner-up.
Pia finally took her turn onstage. Miss Universe also released an apology on Facebook, saying, “Unfortunately, a live telecast means that human error can come into play. We witnessed that tonight when the wrong winner was initially announced. Our sincerest apologies to Miss Universe Colombia, Miss Universe Philippines, their families, and fans. We congratulate miss Universe Philippines as Miss Universe 2015.”
Watch the video above (uploaded by radio host Rick Party on Facebook) to see Pia take her victory. – Rappler.com
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