In an effort to unify with the global movement, a multi-sectoral coalition will be mounting Love Gala, Asia’s Premier Charity and Awards Gala event. The Love Gala will be unveiled during this media launch event, and is organized by the Love Gala Secretariat, a union of HIV and AIDS advocacy groups, government agencies, businesses, media agencies and socio-civic partners united in stopping the spread of HIV and ending the AIDS epidemic.
One of the ambassadors for the Love Gala is Miss Universe 2015 and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific –Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach. To encourage everyone to know their status, she will undergo an HIV screening as well as present her PIA Project that seeks to raise HIV awareness in the Philippines and across the region.
The Love Gala will confer The Ripple Awards 2017 to 10 individuals driving change, inspiring hope and bringing healing to populations and communities affected by the HIV epidemic. The 10 honorees will be awarded in person at the Love Gala Charity and Awards event to be held on 1 December 2017 in Taguig City (venue TBA) in cooperation with partner agencies, community-based organizations, NGO’s, LGBT prominent personalities and friends in the advocacy in observance of World AIDS Day.
The Love Gala will include a fashion show featuring top Philippine designers Francis Libiran, Cary Santiago, Nat Manilag, Cheeta Rivera and John Herrera, directed by Robbie Carmona. Guests will also be serenaded by a mini concert from celebrity performers, and bid on auctions to raise funds for various initiatives in the HIV and AIDS advocacy.
Below are more photos from The Pia Project for Love Gala 2017 as taken by Joy Arguil for normannorman.com.
Miss Universe paying her respects to the Reclining Buddha
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach is currently on a visit to the Land of Smiles for a project coinciding with International Women’s Month and the launch of Women’s Journey Thailand which aims to give more perks and privileges to female travelers visiting Thailand. She is in Bangkok along with manager Jonas Gaffud, Tim Yap plus her road manager.
Pia was also able to meet Miss Universe Thailand 2017 Mareeya Poonlertlarp during a presscon (watch video below).
courtesy of Avid Fan
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach as photographed by Fadil Berisha
Tonight on the Miss Universe Official Facebook Page
– starting at 10pm (Philippine time) – Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach will start a Facebook Live chat with fans and followers where she will talk about life here in Manila and whatever is the latest about her.
If you’re up to it, then head on over to the online chat link on the page just a couple of hours from the posting of this blog post. 🙂
Queen P crowning Miss Manila 2017 Maria Gail Tobes
Miss Manila 2016 Cristelle Tolentino
More than a few eyebrows were raised during the finals night of Miss Manila 2017 last June 24 when – instead of outgoing titleholder Cristelle Tolentino – Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach (who sat on the panel of judges
) was the one tasked to put the crown of Miss Manila 2017 Maria Gail Tobes.
Well, I asked Cristelle about the whole thing (which is as equally important as the farewell walk to any outgoing titleholder) and this was her reply:
A lot of people are actually concerned about the crowning moment…it was Viva Entertainment who decided to do it po. There’s quite a few who asked me din po about it…Maybe because Ms. Pia was Miss Universe and they are after making it trend.
Well, if Viva wanted to trend the finals (or even the pre-pageant activities leading to it), then the people behind should have sought more support from the online media. I wanted so much to give enough focus on the other candidates, but then again…
Miss Manila 2017 and her court
Based on the order of the ladies above, the Miss Manila 2017 winners are: 4th runner up – No. 21 Naelah Alshorbaji Almazik, 2nd runner up – No. 18 Diana Mackey, Miss Manila – No. 11 Maria Gail Tobes, 1st runner up – No. 23 Francesca Camargo and 3rd runner up – No. 7 Sofia Sibug.
Below is an off-cam video of the crowning moment.
Here’s another feather to add to the already achievement-filled life of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach:
A Media Launch was held for Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach as The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific, Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University. Pia was welcomed by UN AIDS Director for Asia and the Pacific Steve Kraus and University of the Philippines Applied Mathematics alumna / former UP Diliman Student Council Chair Heart Diño.
UNAIDS’s other Goodwill Ambassadors include Aishawarya Rai, Aung Sun Su Kyi, Victoria Beckham, Naomi Watts, Crown Princess Mette Marit of Norway, and Princess Stephanie of Monaco.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) leads and inspires the world to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.
UNAIDS unites the efforts of 11 UN organizations—UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank—and works closely with global and national partners towards ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Kudos to you, Queen P! 🙂
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach
By now, you will have already read the news item
regarding the alleged complaints of a Brunei-based Filipina businesswoman against Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach during the latter’s visit to Brunei with her boyfriend Marlon Stockinger.
As it is wont to my nature not to give premature judgment on the issue, I decided to post the initial reaction of Jonas Gaffud regarding the matter first:
To those who are reading or have read news about whatever happened in Brunei, stay tuned. We will give our statement soon. Don’t believe everything you read. People love to gossip and spread rumors but we are prepared to answer allegations such as this. Thanks to everyone who always believe in Pia Wurtzbach. ❤❤❤
We have evidence to show that somebody took advantage of Pia.
Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach and Miss Universe Philippines Maxine Medina
During Bb. Pilipinas 2016
Yes, they’ve got each other’s back for sure – Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach and Miss Universe Philippines Maxine Medina. And for solid reasons at that:
1) Maxine succeeded Queen P so the latter will support the success of the former at great lengths to continue the winning tradition of the Philippines in Miss Universe.
2) Pia is the reigning titleholder, while Maxine is the host delegate. They both represent the Philippines so joining hands to make the 65th Miss Universe successful is incumbent upon the two of them.
3) Pia and Maxine come from the same beauty camp and were trained by the same professionals at Aces & Queens. There will always be an instinctive support coming from each other when it matters most.
But are we looking at a potential back-to-back victory in the 65th Miss Universe? That would be a wonderful Christmas gift for the Philippines if ever. But with us being the host, I don’t see it coming just yet. There needs to be a very convincing reason why Maxine should be the next, in the same vein that Dennise Quiñones won the same title in her own backyard more than fifteen years ago today.
What are your deep thoughts on this subject matter, dear readers?