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Clockwise from top left, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach and Consul General Mario Lopez de Leon, Jr. speaking with Friends Indeed USA, Inc. on calamity relief; APICHA President Therese Rodriguez gave updates on community efforts for HIV-AIDS in New York; PIDCI Executive Board invites Miss Universe to the Independence Day parade in June; Wurtzbach listens intently to Simon Bland of UNAIDS for more insights on her HIV awareness campaign.  (Photos by YetBo LoveRita and Michael Azucena)


A few weeks from her Miss Universe 2015 coronation, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach paid a courtesy call on the Philippine Consulate General New York (PCGNY) on Jan. 13, 2016.

Consul General Mario Lopez de Leon, Jr. and wife Eleanor welcomed Wurtzbach in the boardroom and engaged her in a discussion on her advocacies, namely HIV awareness, disaster relief and fight against cyberbullying.

De Leon opened the possibility of teaming up with PCGNY to help her advance her causes and in raising the profile of the Filipinos in the U.S. Northeast and the whole U.S.

The consul general also facilitated meetings with some targeted organizations relevant to her advocacies.

In line with her HIV awareness campaign, Wurtzbach, accompanied by Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart, met with UNAIDS-NY who gave her vital information on the state of HIV-AIDS globally and gave inputs on projects that she can collaborate with.

She as well sat down with the president of APICHA Community Health Center, an organization providing medical and health assistance for underserved and vulnerable people, especially Asians and Pacific Islanders, the LGBT Community and individuals living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Wurtzbach also met with the leaders of Friends Indeed USA, Inc., a Filipino community charity organization that sends medical, humanitarian and relief missions to the Philippines, especially in times of disasters, such as after Typhoon Sendong in Cagayan de Oro.

As a way to help elevate the presence of Filipinos in the mainstream American society, Wurtzbach also met with the executive board of the Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc., in the hopes of planning her participation at the Philippine Independence Day parade in June.

PIDCI offered her a float at the parade which she can use to project her advocacies and even speak before the audience.

A short press conference was held afterwards, with members of the Filipino-American media inquiring about her love life, political inclinations, plans during her reign, her general outlook in life, and personal character.

As it was the first time Wurtzbach has ever met the Filipino community after her win, she graced the meet and greet with photo opportunity at Kalayaan Hall, with about 180 community members in attendance.

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