From one Miss Universe to another: 'I knew she was going to make it'

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Margie Moran in 1973 (L) and Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach when after she was crowned Miss Universe 2015

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — After 42 long years, the Miss Universe crown is with the Philippines once again after Pia Wurtzbach's win on December 21 (Monday, PHT). The woman who brought the same glory to the Philippines over four decades ago talked about Wurtzbach's crowning moment.

Maria Margarita "Margie" Moran-Floirendo was crowned Miss Universe in 1973 — the second title for the Philippines after Gloria Diaz emerged victorious during the 1969 pageant.

In an interview with CNN Philippines' Newsroom anchor Mai Rodriquez on Monday, Moran said some of Wurtzbach's strongest points were her confidence, her walk and knowledge of which pose works for her face and body, and that she answered well.


Moran noted that the beauty pageant questions nowadays seem to be political compared to the questions they were asked then.

The question that catapulted Moran into winning the title was, "If you had a million dollars, what's the first thing you would buy and why?"

"She answered very well. The questions were political in nature, where there was no right or wrong answer. It's how you answered and if you answered well — and she did," she said about Wurtzbach's answer about her opinion about the U.S.'s military presence in the country.

She noted that beauty pageant contenders now have to be knowledgeable about current events and have an opinion on the issues.

Announcement blunder

When asked about her take on host Steve Harvey's blunder of announcing Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez as the winner instead of Miss Philippines, Moran had this to say about Wurtzbach,"I knew she was going to make it."

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"I noticed when Miss Colombia was mistakenly announced, the response was underwhelming. It was a terrible mistake," she added.

Moran also said that Pia was robbed of the glory to walk after she was crowned.

"Even the Filipinos who were rooting for her were also robbed of that feeling of rejoice."

From one Miss Universe to another

Moran is excited for Wurtzbach's homecoming since it has been a long time since the Philippines brought home the crown.

"The Philippines will rejoice at her winning. It's been a long time since my time and I am sure people will rejoice," she said.

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For her final question and answer, Wurtzbach said that she will use her voice as the Miss Universe to influence the youth, specifically about the alarming increase of HIV in the country.

Moran could only hope that the Miss Universe 2015 title holder will remain true to her advocacy and be as involved in raising awareness for the virus.