Pia shares biggest lesson learned from late father
In an interview with ANC's Ginger Conejero, the 26-year-old Wurtzbach shared: "Although I was a little girl, he [Klaus Uwe] spoiled me with barbies and treated me like a princess but when it's time to get serious, he's really serious. ...That's a quality that I carry up to now."
Wurtzbach also admitted that he would love to have had a chance to share her win with her father.
She added, however, that her Miss Universe 2015 stint felt like a gift from her dad because the day that she signed her papers for the international pageant coincided with her father’s birthday.
"When I signed my contract for Miss Universe, the last page, I asked that lawyer from Binibining Pilipinas, 'What day is it today?' And he said, 'August 24,' which happened to be my dad's birthday. And I teared up because I was thinking that maybe this was his gift for me," she explained.
Wurtzbach continued: "Or maybe his apology that he wasn't around. I took it as something positive. I would like to think that he's still around."
On her Instagram account, Wurtzbach, a while back, shared a throwback photo of her as a kid with her father. The caption read: "My father is the reason why I'm strong, why I'm in constant seek for knowledge and why I never give up and settle for less."
"He was very strict and taught me discipline. He was also very loving and he taught me loyalty and compassion. Thank you, Papa. I pray that you're safe in God's arms now. Love always, mausi."
Asked about the lessons she got from her Filipina mother Cheryl Alonzo Tyndall, Wurtzbach quipped: "She's the exact opposite. My dad is so serious, my mom is like a comedian. I get my funny side from her."
MANILA - Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach on Wednesday shared the biggest lesson she learned from her late German father, Klaus Uwe Wurtzbach.