Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, the Philippines’ representative to the the 64th Miss Universe pageant, won the coveted crown on Sunday night, December 20, 2015, US time. The 26-year-old Cagayan de oro native is the third Filipina to win the prestigious Miss Universe title after Gloria Diaz in 1969 and Margie Moran in 1973.
Wurtzback bested 79 other contestants in the 3-week competition which culminated in the grand coronation night held at at The AXIS, Las Vegas, Nevada. Olivia Jordan of the USA was announced 2nd runner up while Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutiérrez, was the 1st runner up.
In an awkward turn of events, host Steve Harvey mistakenly named Gutiérrez as the year’s winner and Wurtzbach as the 1st runner up. Harvey eventually took to the stage to correct and apologize for the mix up he committed.