Philippine pride, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, was given a touching musical tribute before she relinquished her crown as Miss Universe. Her struggles as a breadwinner, a showbiz personality and a successful pageant queen were set into music and performed by the theater group, Stages.
One of the ancillary events of the 65th Miss Universe Pageant, Queen of the Universe: A Tribute to Pia Wurtzbach was held at the Harbor Tent of the Sofitel Philippine Plaza, CCP Complex. The 86 candidates vying for the title of Miss Universe were also present in the event.
Aside from the musical, the beautiful ladies and guests were treated to good food and fun activities, such as the #SingConfidentlyBeautiful Challenge courtesy of Grand Videoke, the country’s leading videoke brand.
This challenge was essentially a group singing competition, participated by three teams, all composed of this year’s Miss Universe candidates. The rules were simple: each team must pick a song, sing it until the first chorus, and the group with the highest score wins.
The most memorable moment came midway during the final group’s performance. To everyone’s surprise, the Queen herself, Pia Wurtzbach, joined Miss Ecuador Connie Jimenez, Miss Guyana Soyini Fraser, Miss Jamaica Isabel Dalley, Miss British Virgin Islands Erica Creque, and Miss Paraguay Andrea Melgarejo, in singing Rihanna’s “We Found Love”. This led to the delight of the more than 300 people in attendance.
Inspired by the crowd, the ladies from this group received a near-perfect score of 99 and eventually emerged as winners of the challenge. Each member of the team received a Grand Videoke unit as prize.
Pia, coaxed by the excited crowd, gave a rousing rendition of the Taylor Swift hit “Shake It Off”. That delighted and elated the well-dressed crowd. After the performance, the host awarded Pia with a Grand Videoke unit of her own.
“Pia has given us so much pride and joy to our nation, and we’re just glad that we are able to honor and thank her for what she’s done,” says Johenson Tan, marketing manager of Grand Videoke. “This is also our chance to showcase to the world our culture and our passions. And when we talk about passion, I don’t think there’s anyone more passionate about singing, than us Filipinos,” he added.
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