In an exclusive media press conference in the Philippines, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong recently unveiled Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach as the first ever Filipino wax figure.
It was followed by a public grand launch a day after where “Pia Wurtzbach” was displayed for public viewing in SM Megamall a day after the reveal.
It aimed to celebrate Filipino excellence, as the public met the iconic Pia Wurtzbach, with her wax figure at the Pia Made Iconic Travel Festival last March 29 at the SM Mega Fashion Hall.
Visitors of the Travel Festival was not only able to meet Pia Wurtzbach, they were also the first ones to see and take selfies with the first Filipino wax figure.
After much discussion on what the figure’s final pose would be, it was decided that it would capture the Miss Universe crowning moment so fans and guests can experience what it’s like to be crowned by Pia herself.
“We want all of you to experience what it’s like to strike your most confidently beautiful pose and receive the crown for yourselves!” Pia said.
Pia’s wax figure wears a replica of the iconic Swarovski-embellished royal blue ball gown by Michael Cinco, which she wore when she passed on the crown in 2016. The dress was tailor-made by the designer himself, saying, “Dressing up her wax figure and to represent our country [are] already an honor and a great experience in my career. It is an impalpable dream come true.”
The reveal has been highly anticipated by Filipinos and fans around the world, with details about the wax figure being released slowly over the course of several months. The event was made even more historic by the fact that is the first time a wax figure was flown to its home country before being brought to its permanent location.
“Our Filipino guests have always been very important to us and we’ve always believed we should have a Filipino wax figure, so we’re very pleased to have Ms. Pia Wurtzbach mark this milestone with us,” says Madame Tussauds Hong Kong General Manager Jenny You. “We can’t imagine having anyone but her to represent the Philippines in this way.”
As a beauty queen, actress, and humanitarian, it’s no surprise that Pia was selected to become the pioneer Filipino wax figure at the world-renowned attraction. “When I found out, I was so excited. I couldn’t believe it! In my head, this is something only happens to big stars,” Pia says. “Now, thinking that I’m going to be one of them, I’m very honored, I’m very grateful“.
The Travel Festival, where the wax figure was unveiled, is a result of a partnership between three major travel brands. Premium airline Cathay Pacific, a world leading travel and activities booking platform Klook, and of course, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong came together to provide frequent and first-time flyers to Hong Kong with enticing travel packages and other fun activities throughout the day.
Early birds at the travel festival was able to enjoy a limited number of exclusive packages that bundle a Cathay Pacific ticket to Hong Kong and a Madame Tussauds Hong Kong pass, redeemable via the Klook app.
“Klook really aims to make sought-after attractions accessible to every traveler. Based on the number of admirers Pia won over during her reign as Miss Universe, we can tell that Madame Tussauds in Hong Kong will be a must-visit for Pinoys now that an icon like Pia will be housed there. It’s an extremely proud moment for us,” adds Michelle Cruz, Klook Philippines‘ Market Lead.
Madame Tussauds Hong Kong is home to immersive and interactive zones that bring to life iconic personalities and cultural landmarks throughout history, including those in entertainment, sports, science, politics, and fashion. Strut down the runway at fashion week, give a speech at the Presidential podium, and practice your kung-fu moves!
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Catch the wax figure of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach at SM Megamall until tomorrow before it is brought to its permanent home in Hong Kong where it will join some of the world’s biggest icons at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Michelle Yeoh, Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Siwon Choi.