But as cordial as we were in making Pia almost burst into tears when she reached her parade's last stop, the media seemed to be as eager to grill her. They peppered the newly crowned Queen with questions about almost anything from the outset. Some of which, we think aren't quite appropriate at such a joyous occassion.
From ill-timed political queries to personal tidbits, here are some topics that could've killed that homecoming vibe. The press concerned should've saved these questions for another day or a different interview:
If the Miss Universe crown should be taxed
Pia has asserted that the diamond and sapphire headpiece, reportedly worth $300,000 (or more than P14 million), can't be taxed "...because it's not mine."
"I pay my taxes when I was with ABS-CBN… as an actress; when I was with Binibini, so I'll continue on doing that as long as I’m earning money here, like everybody else," she was quoted by Philstar.com.
Guess you could now back off a little, Kim...
If she's interested on entering politics
Senator Drilon has claimed that Pia is leaning towards public office.
"You know, given her politically conscious responses to the questions, I am not surprised. You know the question was very political—the presence of the American bases, the presence of American troops, the matter of the HIV, her views on a number of critical issues," Drilon told reporters after the Miss Universe 2016 winner paid a courtesy call to the Senate.
Although his advice to her was "first try her hand in some appointed position where she can push her advocacy, rather than join the politics in an election."
Twitter champ Teddy Locsin Jr. perfectly summed up our take on the matter:
How significant was her dad for her win
Pia shared in a one-on-one interview with Unang Hirit, "I remember when I first signed my contract as Miss Universe-Philippines here, it was my dad's birthday that day. I'd like to think that it was his gift for me, na baka nagso-sorry din siya for being away from us or kind of neglecting us."
Good thing she didn't break down over such a personal topic. Don't do her like that next time!
If she stands by her stance on US military presence
Much talk stemmed from Pia's curious answer during the pageant's question-and-answer portion regarding the US military's presence in the country. Despite mixed reactions, her take on the issue hasn't changed.
"From what I understand, military presence is different from military bases. Military presence to me sounds like aid, military help, security. So for me, it didn't sound wrong. So that's why I'm sticking with my answer," Pia explained, adding that she is open to discuss about the subject matter.
She believes that the Philippines and the US "have always had a good relationship with each other. We were colonized by the Americans and we have their culture and our traditions even up to this day and I think that we're very welcoming with the Americans. And I don't see any problem with that at all."
While these questions can spark interesting, even intellectual conversations, we just felt that there's a better time, place, and occasion to ask them. Certainly not during Pia's grand homecoming. We don't want anything to ruin the mood. She deserves to bask in all the positive energy, yes?
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