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Why Pia Wurtzbach isn’t attending Miss Universe 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia

Pia Wurtzbach, 30, will not be able to attend the Miss Universe 2019 coronation night in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. During the event, the Filipino-German beauty queen will be in Japan.

On November 23, 2019, Wurtzbach took to Instagram to share photos of herself taken during a special event at the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. She participated in the event as a UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific.

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As a UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific, I joined a special event at the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre (TRC-ARC) devoted to the role of communities in tackling HIV stigma and discrimination against transgender people. In his opening remarks, Prof. Dr. Praphan Phanuphak, Director, TRC-ARC, welcomed Mr. Sathit Pitutecha, Deputy Minister of Public Health, Dr. Shona Wynd, UNAIDS Senior Policy Adviser. We deeply appreciate HRH Princess Soamsawali Krom Muen Suddhanarinatha, the UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for HIV Prevention for Asia and the Pacific, for her continuous commitment and significant contribution to the HIV response in Thailand and in the region. Hoping we could all help and support more activities like this — swipe left! 💙

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In the comment section, a follower asked Wurtzbach if she already has tickets to the Miss Universe 2019 coronation night. She revealed that she would not be able to attend because she had a prior commitment.

According to Wurtzbach, her travel show “Pia’s Postcards,” which airs on Metro Channel, was invited by the tourism board of Japan to feature a festival in Fukuoka. She explained, “Our working visas were released already before MUO announced the date and venue.”

Wurtzbach added that the Miss Universe Organization invited her to be the backstage host with CHI. She said she really wanted to do it but it would also be impolite of her to cancel her trip to Japan, especially that it was a government invitation.

The Miss Universe 2019 coronation night will take place at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta on December 8, 2019. A total of 92 candidates will compete for the crown.

Reigning Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, 25, is the fourth Miss Universe from the Philippines. Crowned in 2015, Wurtzbach is the country’s third Miss Universe following Gloria Diaz and Margarita Moran, who won in 1969 and in 1973, respectively.

Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring Miss Universe 2015:

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