While most people were out of town or out of the country during Holy Week, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach arrived in Manila—unannounced and sans fanfare, which made many wonder: What is she doing here exactly? Keep calm, because there’s totally nothing wrong with our favorite Miss Universe (albeit she has just recovered from a severe case of the flu); she’s here for a workation, to shoot a new commercial for a major endorsement campaign and to spend time with her closest friends and her mom, who flew in from the UK.
How does Miss Universe spend her precious downtime? We’ve got the exclusive deets from one of her BFFs, Arvie Dizon, whom she spent her first couple of days back in Manila with.
“Miss Universe is human, too, and Pia is very simple—she just wants to be with her friends and loved ones,” he shares. And that she was able to do, making the most out of her quick stay in Manila by enjoying a staycation with Arvie, Harley (Tan), and Nina (Almoro).
Pia goofing around with Arvie.
While she still came with two Miss Universe guards and had a cutoff for visiting hours (only until 10PM as per the Miss Universe organization), Pia had so much fun with her BFFs.
Pia with Harley.
“She can really be who she is when she’s with us—we just ate, caught up on what’s happening in each other’s lives, played some fun wholesome games. I also brought her magazines because she loves reading,” Arvie adds.
Beauties alike, Pia and Nina
Queen P also brought along an Instax with her, and took countless snaps to remember her vacation by. “She has this board in New York which she fills with pictures,” he adds.
Pia really missed the Philippines so this mini-break is a welcome one for her, especially since she’s had a jampacked schedule ever since bagging the Miss Universe crown. “We’ve also been talking about her plans post her reign, what will happen next—we’ve been advising her, she even has a financial advisor. Her life has changed so much but she can always count on us to be there,” Arvie shares. “We tell her to be careful whom she trusts and to always, always pray.”
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Photographs from Instagram.com/arviedizon, Instagram.com/ninaalmoro, and Instagram.com/harleybarleyyy