Newly crowned Miss Universe, Pia Wurtzbach, wrote a lengthy note on Facebook on Thursday, December 24, thanking her friends, family and fans for their support after her big win. But the most moving part of her message was dedicated to Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, who was the centre of the snafu. Pia wrote,
“To everyone who voted for me, especially to my fellow countrymen, thank you. Maraming salamat po sa inning lahat,” Miss Universe Pia wrote. “To Ariadna, you are an amazing woman and we are now bonded together forever by a unique experience. In the last 3 weeks we were together, I saw how strong and beautiful you are inside and out. You represented your country with honor and I know how proud everyone must be of you. Fate has a plan for you, and I’m excited to see what’s ahead.
“And to all the fans who are still fighting about this…Please let’s all stop now,” Pia wrote. “The Miss Universe Organization is about uniting empowered women from all over the world. Arguing and sending hateful messages to each other defeats the whole purpose. You believe in the message of Miss Universe and so do I. Again, thank you for the love.”