Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is a Filipino-German actress, model and beauty pageant titleholder. She won the title of Miss Universe, after the Binibining Pilipinas 2015 national pageant representing Cagayan de Oro. Pia was born in Stuttgart, Germany and grew up in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. She has one sister who is two years younger than her. Pia finished her secondary education with the ABS-CBN Distance Learning Center and studied culinary arts at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies in Metro Manila, Philippines. She worked as a cosmetics model. At the age of 11, under the screen name Pia Romero, she worked as an actress. Pia is currently a stylist and writer for the lifestyle section of a leading newspaper in the Philippines.
Having previously competed in the Bb Pilipinas pageant, Wurtzbach took part in the competition for the third time in 2015 where she eventually won, crowned as Miss Universe Philippines 2015 by the outgoing titleholder Miss Universe Philippines 2014 Mary Jean Lastimosa.
A glaring gaffe on stage and a fatal accident outside marked the final of Miss Universe in Las Vegas. Pia Wurtzbach Alonzo, 26, Filipino, is the new Miss. But the presenter Steve Harvey crowned accidentally competitor of Colombia, Ariadna Arevalo Gutierrez. Discovered the error, the crown was taken away to Colombia and put on the head of the Philippine. Outside is a car plunged into the crowd, killing one person and injuring more than 30.