Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach wants the next Miss Universe pageant to be held in the Philippines.
Wurtzbach said if she had her way, she would love to relinquish her title in her own country, Philippine Daily Inquirer wrote.
During a meeting with members of local media at the Novotel Manila, Wurtzbach said “We’d all love to have the Miss Universe pageant here in the Philippines. I am actively campaigning for it to be held here. But I don’t know how far along we are in making it happen.”
The first Miss Universe pageant was held in the Philippines in 1974, where Margie Moran passed her crown to Spain’s first Miss Universe winner Amparo Muñoz. In 1994, the Philippines hosted Miss U pageant once again, when Sushmita Sen took home India’s first victory in the global beauty competition.
Wurtzbach flew back home on Wednesday for the 2016 Binibining Pilipinas pageant on Sunday and to crown her successor who will represent the country in the Miss Universe 2016 pageant.
“A lot of the contestants are pretty, and they’re really competitive. They’re watching us. My fellow Miss Universe contestants came up to me and said they only had a few contestants, and some of them were just hand-picked. But us Filipinos, we ‘fight to the death’ for a crown. We really take it seriously,” she said.
Meanwhile, the reigning Miss Universe also met boxing world champ Manny Pacquiao at the Novotel Manila before her scheduled press conference. Pacquiao was also back in the Philippines after his victory against Timothy Bradley Jr. last Sunday, Philippine Star reported.
“I was very happy to be present earlier. I admire him as (a) boxer,” the beauty queen said.
Pacquiao gave Wurtzbach a “Miss Universe Pink” boxing gloves as a sign of his appreciation for the pride Pia Wurtzbach brought to the country. The boxer earlier announced his retirement from boxing.