Pia Wurtzbach is part of the final 5 of the 64th Miss Universe pageant on Monday,December 21, 2015 ( Philippine time) at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
The show was hosted by Emmy Award-winning TV personality and comedian Steve Harvey and actress Roselyn Sanchez.
Among the panel of judges were Emmitt Smith, Niecy Nash, Olivia Culpo, and Perez Hilton.
When she was ask,"Earlier this year, there was a controversy in the Philippines about the United States reopening of military base in your country. Do you think the United States should have a military presence in your country?"
The 26-year-old Pinay beauty queen answered: "I think that the United States and the Philippines have always had a good relationship with each other. We were colonized by the Americans and we have their culture and our traditions even up to this day and I think that we're very welcoming with the Americans. And I don't see any problem with that at all."
"PIA ALONZO WURTZBACK" THE NEW MS UNIVERSE 2015 @PiaWurtzbach #MissUniverse2015 pic.twitter.com/46ParRLlyC— LOLA NIDORA (@ANGLOLANIDORA) December 21, 2015
As part of the top 3 she was asked again, "why she should win #MissUniverse2015?"
"To be the Miss Universe is both an honor and responsibility. I will use my voice to influence the youth and raise awareness on causes like HIV. I want to show the world -- rather the universe -- that I am confidently beautiful with a heart", she answered confidently.
Last year, Mary Jean Lastimosa failed to enter the top five, finishing in the pageant's top 10 .
Among other Filipinas who won the Miss Universe titles are Margarita Moran (1973) and Gloria Diaz (1969).
Congratulations Pia, you deserve the crown. We are very proud of you!!