Liza Soberano, 18, can be Miss Universe, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, 26, believes so. The former is the lead star of the upcoming Filipino TV series "Dolce Amore" opposite Enrique Gil, 23.
On Jan. 27, Wednesday, Wurtzbach invited her fans across the globe to ask her questions on social media. One of the questions she answered was about which Filipino celebrity she thought was qualified to become Miss Universe.
Apparently, Wurtzbach is not the only one who thinks Soberano's beauty is world-class. In 2015, the "Dolce Amore" star was included in the list of 100 women with the most beautiful faces by TC Candler.
Ranking sixth, Soberano defeated "Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising" star Chloe Grace Moretz, who ranked seventh, "Game of Thrones" Season 6 star Emilia Clarke, who ranked 10th, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" star Lupita Nyong'o, who ranked 11th, and "Assassin's Creed" actress Marion Cotillard, who ranked18th, among others.
Aside from Soberano, the only Filipino woman in the list was Kathryn Bernardo, 19, I who ranked 80th. The list was released before Wurtzbach won Miss Universe 2015.
If Wurtzbach's words became prophetic, Soberano would follow the steps of Filipino beauty queens who won Miss Universe in 1969, 1973 and 2015.
The first Filipino to win Miss Universe was Gloria Diaz followed by Margarita Moran, who is also one of the only four Miss Universe winners to also win Miss Photogenic. The other three are
Margareta Arvidsson from Sweden Janelle Commissiong from Trinidad and Tobago and Denise Quiñones of Puerto Rico.
On Jan. 28, Thursday, Moran joined Wurtzbach on stage as the latter took her walk as Miss Universe 2015, which she was deprived of shortly after her win Las Vegas, as part of her homecoming activities in the Philippines. Diaz was not present during the ceremony.
Also part of Wurtzbach's homecoming activities in the Philippines was her visit at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center in Quezon City, where she met with people living with HIV and health advocates.
"I was able to talk to some wounded soldiers and also with people who are afflicted with HIV/AIDS," Inquirer quoted Wurtzbach as saying. "Hopefully next time, I'll spend more time with them, but I was able to do a lot."
Soberano has yet to respond to Wurtzbach's opinion about her being qualified to be the next Miss Universe. Watch the trailer of her upcoming series "Dolce Amore" with Gil here: