It was friendship that flourished beautifully from day one.
Those animated and fun whispers as they attended workshops in Talent Center when they were tweens wanting to be the next Claudine or Jolina surely started that treasured bond. And, as they moved on with their journey as batchmates in Star Circle Batch 11, it became something that they would keep forever.
Pauleen Luna made a touching recollection of those days with Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach:
"You were 12 and I was 13. We had nothing but BIG dreams. I remember we would choose to buy food in Mini Stop instead of Brother's Burger in ABS because we only had little money. We would patiently go to workshop every single day because we wanna be big stars! We would wait for hours at taping because our scenes were only very few. We even shared one role in a movie. I will never forget those days. Simple and days made up of dreams."
Back then, they had become the best of friends and shared all the triumphs and pitfalls of a rising showbiz career.
Years went by and their careers really went to different paths, but what truly remained was a friendship that never ceased.
Pauleen stayed on in the industry and became a bankable actress and regular noontime show host. Pia, on the other hand, had occasional appearances playing supporting roles but eventually pursued a degree in culinary arts and had focused on vying for a beauty title and joined Binibining Pilipinas, in which she bagged the Bb. Pilipinas-Universe title in 2015 after two failed attempts in 2013 and 2014.
Then, as they say, the rest is history.
For Pauleen, having a splendid and thriving showbiz career is an incredible personal triumph, and soon, her most scintillating journey is about to begin as she is set to wed Vic Sotto in solemn, private rites on a still unspecified date and undisclosed location.
And, who will be among Pauleen's bridesmaids? Of course, her best friend and now the world's foremost beauty queen, the triumphant Miss Universe, who will be back in the Philippines on Saturday, Jan. 23.
Pauleen further posted on her Instagram: "It's so nice to know that we've both come so far. We're both blessed, in our own way, and I must say, 2015 is both our year! I am very glad also that you have found a deep relationship with the Lord. CONGRATULATIONS MISS UNIVERSE! I am equally proud of you before as I am proud of you now. You have such a good and kind heart. You totally deserve this! Congratulations P! Love you!"
Pauleen also noted all of Pia's best qualities that make her truly deserve what she has achieved, ever since she met her.
"I am so happy for what you've achieved in your life. Out of all the people that I know, you have a heart that doesn't give up. You literally and figuratively give your whole being to that thing that you want the most. And that is the reason why you're successful."