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It was a victory 43 years in the making.
But more than being a pretty face, Pia wowed the world with her composure, grace, and intelligence.
When asked why she should be crowned Miss Universe 2015 during the crucial final Q&A, Pia said she wants to become an inspiration to the youth and to show the world that she is 'confidently beautiful with a heart'.
That striking phrase has been consistently trending on social media. But what does it really mean? We take a look at these lessons kids can learn from Pia.
Part of growing up is learning to accept defeat. Though it's great to foster a sense of ambition in our kids to reach for their dreams, just as essential is the need for learning how to accept disappointment.
From Pia's simple gesture, Kids can learn how to refrain from being arrogant when they grow up to be successful. Sometimes, when life favours us, it doesn't give us the liberty to be insensitive with other's feelings.
Raising good kids doesn't only mean teaching them to be confident and to love themselves. Although these are important. A vital part of their holistic development is truly caring about the world around them.
Growing up is never without struggle. Through Pia's example, kids can learn not to give up on their dreams, to not listen to the naysayers, and to go for what they want without hesitation.
Bullying is something many kids experience but it shouldn't define their self-worth. Even if Pia was called names during her formative years, she didn't allow this to be a hindrance.
Though she has faced bullying and rejection throughout her life, Pia never gave up.
Way to go, Pia! You did the Philippines proud!
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Bianchi is a registered nurse, book lover, and frustrated singer.
When she's not distracted by deadlines or Netflix, she spends most of her spare time writing short works of Fiction.
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