Returning candidate Pia Wurtzbach (right) claps as Mary Jean Lastimosa (middle) is named Miss Universe-Philippines at the 2014 Binibining Pilipinas coronation night held Sunday. Wurtzbach, who finished first runner-up last year, had been vocal of her hopes to clinch the top prize on her second try. Photo by Fernando Sepe Jr. for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA – Pia Wurtzbach is drawing inspiration from MJ Lastimosa in giving Binibining Pilipinas another try for the third year in a row.
Lastimosa, who is set to represent the country in the upcoming Miss Unvierse pageant, had to join Binibining Pilipinas three times before she won the crown.
Wurtzbach, on the other hand, first joined the national pageant in 2013 where she finished as runner-up. She joined again in 2014 but she failed to land in the top 5.
Speaking to ABS-CBN News, Wurtzbach said she wants to give it another try this 2015 because she wants to be able to do the things she loves while she is still young.
“Nakapagpahinga ako at nakapag-isip isip ako. Nakapag-decide ako na gusto ko lumaban ulit. Dapat lang naman talaga [na] never give up hangga’t kaya pa and nandiyan pa yung opportunity. Kasi ayaw ko magsisi. Ayaw ko isipin pagtanda ko na, 'paano kaya kung sumali ako ulit?' Gusto ko ma-try ko na ngayon,” she said.
Wurtzbach also shared that Lastimosa was one of the people who encouraged her to not give up on her dreams.
“Right after the pageant night, kinongratulate ko siya tapos nag-reply siya sa akin. Sabi niya, ‘Pia, don’t give up on your dreams. Hold on to it.’ It’s very sweet. I wish her luck now, sa Miss Universe and hopefully, kahit paano dito sa Binibining Pilipinas makuha ko naman ang korona,” she said.
Asked how she prepared for Binibining Pilipinas this time, Wurtzbach said: “Pinag-aralan ko talaga. Pangatlong sali ko na ito. Marami na rin akong natutunan, alam ko na kung ano yung bagay sa akin and yung hindi. Medyo kuha ko na yung formula ngayon.”
Wurtzbach is one of the 34 candidates of the 2015 Binibining Pilipinas pageant, which will be held in March.