Miss Universe-Philippines Pia Wurtzbach and President Benigno Aquino III. FILE/Composite image
MANILA - Whether it's football superstar Phil Younghusband or President Benigno Aquino III, newly crowned Miss Universe-Philippines has the same message for all her supposed suitors.
"Maghintay muna kayo dahil matagal ko ring hinintay 'to, eh. Mas importante 'to sa akin!" said Wurtzbach, who won the title last Sunday after three consecutive tries.
Speaking with ABS-CBN News' Mario Dumaual, the Culinary Arts graduate clarified her ties with Younghusband, who was among the first celebrities to congratulate her on her win.
"We're friends. Hindi 'to showbiz, I'm not nagpapaka-showbiz na sagot, pero magkaibigan lang po talaga kami," said Wurtzbach, who is also a Star Magic artist.
Asked for her reaction that President Aquino is supposedly "interested" in her, a smiling Wurtzbach only said, "Same answer," referring to making her suitors wait.
A week before the Binibining Pilipinas coronation night, rumors surfaced that Wurtzbach and Aquino were spotted having dinner together at a Quezon City restaurant.
Wurtzbach did not confirm whether the President has expressed interest in her.
While the beauty queen said Aquino's reported interest in her is "flattering," she emphasized that she is focused on her upcoming Miss Universe bid.
"Kakapanalo ko pa lang, it's only been two days," she said. "This is my first day as Miss Universe-Philippines and right now there's nothing I can think of but the training and preparation that I have to do. I'm looking forward to it."
Aside from his day-to-day engagements as the country's top official, Aquino has made headlines time and again for his love life, which often unfold to be short-lived romances with local celebrities.
His past girlfriends include TV host Grace Lee and former Valenzuela City councilor Shalani Soleded. Aquino was also reported have dated stylist Liz Uy and another beauty queen, Bianca Manalo, at different times.