I know it took me a long time to post this. I needed some time to get settled in cos everything was happening so fast. Now everything is sinking in and I'm almost done replying and thanking everyone as much as I can. Okay. Here goes. First of all.. Thank you, Lord! The countless times I begged you in tears to please grant me my one big wish! I prayed in every church I went into, in whichever part of the world I was. Wished on every wishing well I passed by and on every falling star I caught in the sky. When everything seemed unreachable or impossible, You found a way. I trained well & despite all the challenges, everything fell into place and I finally got the crown the whole country has been waiting for for 42 years. It is true. Focus on the ordinary and God will take care of the extraordinary. Second, thank you to the amazing team behind me. Aces and Queens. I am grateful for all the training I did with you. You were my family away from family. I found my confidence when you found my potential. To my family in London, Mama, Papa, Sarah, Charlie & baby Lara. Thank you for being so supportive in all my decisions. You guys are really the one I turn to when things get rough. And I'm so grateful that even when you're far away, I never feel alone. And last but definitely not the least, to YOU. Thank you for cheering and rooting for me. Whether you were a die hard supporter at the Axis Theater in Las Vegas or just a silent supporter watching me from TV, thank you. Especially to those who voted for me during the Global Fan Vote. You were all instrumental to my victory. Mga kababayan, when I was walking on stage in that blue gown, wearing the Philippine sash in front of billions of viewers on TV and online, I've never been more proud to be a Filipina. I'll never forget it. It was a proud yet humbling experience. And now as I continue on with my journey as Miss Universe, I hope I inspired you all. Not just my fellow countrymen but all of you. Keep your faith, fight for what you believe in and hold on to your dreams! They do come true! I know I still have much to learn and a huge responsibility ahead of me.. So thank you 2015 and bring it on, 2016!??????????????HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We aren't here to get all sentimental about that day, though.
On September 24, the Filipino-German actress-turned-beauty queen marked her 27th year of existence (belated happy birthday, Pia!). Instead of reminiscing about that eventful sequence, why not just flood her with the warmest greetings and sweetest wishes as she adds another year to her life?
What could this seemingly perfect woman want for her birthday? She's got the brains, unparalleled beauty, and a body to die for—what more could she possibly ask for?
Just like you, we don't know the answer. So let's just celebrate her birthday with this compilation of her hottest moments!
Can't figure out how she looks so hot even while all covered up.
The undisputed queen of bikini selfies.
OMG that face...
This story originally appeared on FHM.com.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.