MANILA, Philipines – What a turn of events!
Eighty candidates walked the runway for The Miss Universe 2015 pageant on Monday, December 21 (Sunday, Las Vegas time). The Philippines' bet, Pia Wurtzbach, took home the crown. Malacañang and the rest of the country celebrated the victory – but not after a number of surprising events during the coronation that drove the world into a tweeting frenzy.
According to Curator, the event garnered almost 4 million tweets in just 4 hours.
It didn't only trend number one in the Philippines, but also worldwide.
There was a mix-up when host Steve Harvey mistakenly announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner. A few minutes later, he apologized and corrected himself to say it was actually Wurtzbach who won. Social media users reacted to Harvey's mistake, saying that he "had one job" and failed at it.
C'mon Steve... #MissUniverse2015 pic.twitter.com/NeVr2MTaNA — Maxwell on Z100 (@MaxwellsHouse) December 21, 2015
It was an awkward moment for Miss Colombia, who was already wearing the crown and had already made a few triumphant waves to the crowd. Some netizens gave a shout out to her.
Hugs to #MissUniverse2015 1st runner-up Colombia's Ariadna Gutierrez! What a turn of events: http://s.rplr.co/KpwUD8b Posted by Rappler on Sunday, December 20, 2015
As usual, Filipinos were quick to turn this unfortunate event into something we can all laugh about.
Few moments after they announced the winner... #MissUniverse2015 pic.twitter.com/whxpjddskQ — Thou Reyes (@thou_ism) December 21, 2015 When you pass an exam you thought you wouldn't #MissUniverse2015 pic.twitter.com/cQ9jXqE5BT — Student Problems (@FactsOfSchool) December 21, 2015 When you find out your crush has a crush on you (photos from @bigxsugar) #MissUniverse2015 pic.twitter.com/cVf3aZBAP4 — Shaira Erika Noelle (@senfornolles) December 21, 2015 when you just broke up with bae and your friends be like: #MissUniverse2015 pic.twitter.com/7sX0GfPb7r — Vice Ganda Quotes (@vicegandalines) December 21, 2015 When you realize you just won #MissUniverse2015 while your opponent is wearing the crown pic.twitter.com/WLzWTAUQ61 — These Damn Words ♡ (@TheseDamnWords) December 21, 2015 When you thought you lost but you actually won. #MissUniverse2015 pic.twitter.com/p7gbDnwS38 — Patama Posts™ (@PatamaPost) December 21, 2015
Earlier this year, Filipinos cried foul when People's Champ Manny Pacquiao lost to Floyd Mayweather. Wurtzbach promised to defend the country's honor in Miss Universe, and she delivered.
Kalma lang guys. Ako bahala. Babawi tayo sa Miss Universe!! — Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (@PiaWurtzbach) May 3, 2015
Wurtzbach is a wonderful example of hard work and resilience after qualifying for the Miss Universe pageant following her 3rd attempt to win the Binibining Pilipinas crown.