Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach met with fellow Filipina and Broadway star Lea Salonga in the Big Apple over the weekend.
The official Facebook page of Miss Universe posted a photo of the two together after Pia watched Lea's performance in the Broadway musical Allegiance.
“Finally watched Allegiance last night! Starring Ms Lea Salonga, who is also Filipina. Superb performance from the whole cast. I had tears in my eyes by the end of the show. -Pia,” the caption read.
The beauty queen revealed in an ABS-CBN TV report that she was ushered backstage to meet the famed singer right after the show. “Kakagaling ko lang sa iyak tapos diretso na sa backstage. Parang hindi ko pa na-absorb ‘yung ending kailangan nang mag move on,” she said.
While backstage, the two exchanged pleasantries, with Lea giving the 26-year-old beauty queen some advice.
“As a new New Yorker, just enjoy everything. There’s museums, there’s theater, there’s eating. There’s all kinds of events that’s only here so take advantage of everything,” she said.
Lea portrayed Kim in the initial Broadway run of Miss Saigon from 1989 to 1992.
Pia is the third Miss Universe title-holder hailing from the Philippines. She will be staying at the pageant’s headquarters in New York as she fulfills her duty as the reigning queen.