Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach claims being a daughter to Miss International 1960 Mrs. Stella Marquez-Araneta, as she asks netizens to stop bullying the Miss Philippines' director on Sunday, May 15, via Instagram.
In her post, she told that Mrs. Stella Marquez Araneta is like a mother to her.
“Madam Stella Marquez Araneta is the national director in Miss Philippines and she is Colombian. She is married to a highly respected Filipino businessman,” she explains. “Also, she was the very first woman to win the Miss International title ever. She also competed in Miss Universe and placed top 15. Today, she is the Charge d' Affaires of the Consulate of Colombia to Manila in the Philippines. I've known Madam for years. We've been through a lot, happiness and tears, and she has been a witness to my determination. See, I live alone in Manila. They are family to me, she is family to me. People may have said a lot of things about her, about me, but at the end of the day, I am her daughter.”
She also thank her for trusting her even before she won as Miss Universe and promise
She said that she will never forget the day when her biological father died and need someone to turn to.
She also talked about the time when she asked Mrs. Araneta to trust her when she pleaded to wear a Filipino-made gown she wore for the Miss Universe pageant.
“And also that fateful day where I requested to talk to her privately and vowed that I would not go behind her back and asked her to just please trust me to wear a Filipino made gown in blue which was my color of choice. Even little moments where I would google translate and say "voy a ser miss Universo!" Just to see her smile. I worked years to gain her trust, even when I lost. When I lost in 2014, I was the last candidate to leave the coliseum cos I was looking for her to say goodbye, we hugged and I said "I thought I would be here longer". But I think deep inside she knew I would be back. There were many ups and downs, not just with me but also the other queens as well. But after all that, this was and is the end result. So you see, the person that trusted me to compete is from Colombia. So why the hate? In fact, we are bonded by years of partnership and a sense of family. I hope the hateful messages and cyber bullying can stop soon. Let's show respect. And I'm not writing this to gain your love, I am writing this to show my respect. ”
Stella Márquez Zawadski-Araneta is a Colombian director and beauty queen who was crowned the first Miss International in 1960. Araneta is the Charge d' Affaires of the Honorary Consulate of Colombia to the Philippines in Manila, as well as the Chairwoman of the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated.