Following my previous post titled “Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach: Deprived of Crowning Moment,” it’s easy to say that it’s time we buried the hatchet. But for pageant extremists like me and many “confidently beautiful with a heart” others who were born after Margarita Moran was crowned Miss Universe 1973 on July 21 of that year and our first, Gloria Diaz, on July 19, 1969, we can’t just pocket FOX’s failure to present our third queen, Pia Wurtzbach, in her first walk as Miss Universe 2015.
And it’s because, for forty-two years, that moment was what we’d all been waiting for—when hosts like Jack Wagner or Sinbad or Steve Harvey would call such strong contenders as Venezuela or Colombia or Philippines and say “If, for any reason, the Miss Universe cannot fulfill her duties, the first runner-up will take over,” while the last two standing ladies come forward, hands clasped, knees knocking, heart rate elevating.
Comes the announcement of winners: “Tonight, the first runner-up is Colombia, which means that our new Miss Universe is Philippines!”
And then Miss Colombia receives her bouquet and is whisked aside. Miss Philippines either covers her mouth with two hands or one, or forgets and just lets her mouth wide open, eyeballs almost literally popping out of the socket and tears welling up in her eyes. She takes her first walk as the new Miss Universe and performs the ritual wave.
That’s what I—since I first experienced joy and excitement of watching my first favorite beauty queen Michelle Aldana reacting to the announcement of her victory made by Anthony Pangilinan during the Miss Asia-Pacific 1993 Quest—have been yearning to witness in a Filipina at Miss Universe.
But when, finally, this year, it was bound to happen, that crowning moment was semisavored both by our queen, Pia Wurtzbach, and by us, if you will. Given the irrevocable blunder by Steve Harvey, FOX should have been gracious enough to turn the tables on the real winner who had more rights to “the first walk and the traditional wave” which is an essential part of a beauty contest.
It is my hope that FOX be kind enough to give our Pia Wurtzbach a chance of taking her first walk as Miss Universe 2015 at any of its programs. I heard from the grapevine that she’s beginning to grace in American TV shows come first week of January when all of the brouhaha has died down. Otherwise, she deserves to open next year’s show with a bang before candidates appear in their production number, or be given a thirty-minute farewell walk before she relinquishes her crown to the Miss Universe 2016 winner, if not an honor to take that long but well-deserved walk from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to the Smart Araneta Coliseum during her homecoming to the Philippines.
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