MANILA, Philippines – Hours before her grand parade scheduled at 2pm, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach started day 2 of her homecoming visit with a courtesy call at the Manila City Hall, Monday, January 25
Manila mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada, who was present at the event, personally handed the key to the city to Pia.
Manila City Mayor presenting the Key to the cityPosted by Bb. Pilipinas (Official) on Sunday, January 24, 2016
The Voice Kids season 2 finalist Esang de Torres, who is from Tondo, Manila, performed a song for Pia during her courtesy call.
Live here at Manila City Hall!Posted by Bb. Pilipinas (Official) on Sunday, January 24, 2016
From the Manila city hall, Pia and the Miss Universe team went to the Senate, where she received a Citation of Excellence. Senators Franklin Drilon and Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara presented her with the honor.
In his congratulatory message to Pia, Drilon said: “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.”
Meanwhile, last minute preparations are being made for Pia’s float. Check out the short video here.
Last minute preparations! Are you ready for Pia? #ConfidentlyBeautiful #MostBeautifulDay ™@thearanetacenterPosted by Bb. Pilipinas (Official) on Sunday, January 24, 2016
Pia’s parade will start at the Sofitel and travel to parts of Manila before heading to Makati with the last leg scheduled at 5pm in Araneta Center, Cubao. – Rappler.com
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