To combat the blues, along with the looming stress of keeping her star on the map, Pia is always on the lookout for ways to make herself better, or to remain “five or ten steps” ahead of her goals. Of course, the fear of failure is still very much a thorn in her side, but Queen P knows better now than to let it consume her. Instead, she gives her mind and body something to preoccupy itself with.
“I’ve really started investing in my physical health, taking exercise more seriously [by] working with a world-class coach, and teaching myself new forms of activity. I make it a daily habit that I do most mornings,” wrote Pia in an e-mail interview. “I’ve also started taking much better care of my body and mind through sleep. Recovery is so important given how active I am during the day, and making sure I get enough deep and REM sleep has had a very positive impact. I’m also teaching myself about nutrition, eating clean whole foods, avoiding processed unhealthy food and sugars. All of these in combination keeps me fit, healthy, and happy.”
In With the New
Six years since her claim to fame, Pia manages to remain relevant for all the right reasons. When she isn’t in the spotlight for pageant-related news, she’s a regular on headlines advocating for women empowerment. Just last May, the 31-year-old posted a raw photo of herself, bikini-clad while showing off her stretch marks and cellulite. “We’re more than a number on a scale, a filter on Instagram, or the opinion of other people," read her caption. "[I] was a bit hesitant to post this pic 'cause I’ve been called so many names over the years, but you know what, this body has carried me through life, and I will honor it—cellulites, jiggles, and all."
Clearly an exemplar of women uplifting women, her status as one of Cream Silk ’s ambassadors for their #DefyToBeGreater campaign comes as no surprise. Not when she always comes out greater than ever against cynics planted both outside of her circle and in her own head. “Cream Silk has been setting up a lot of initiatives to empower women so I offer my full support where I can,” said Pia. “Aside from that, I am more intentional with every single thing that I do; whether it’s a regular social media post, a campaign, or a speaking engagement, I take it as an opportunity to use my voice to inspire others to find theirs as well."
Pia’s ongoing podcast, Between Us Queens , is a paragon of the exact ideal she’s striving to live out. A platform shared with Carla Lizardo and Bianca Guidotti , each episode delves into familiar issues encountered by the everywoman, ranging from lighthearted chats about their “go-to landi moves,” to more serious late-night agendas discussing toxic masculinity. And it doesn’t stop there either. “Aside from the podcast, we were also able to build a community behind it,” shared Pia. “Today we have over 5000 engaged members in our Facebook group where anyone can give advice and ask for advice. It’s a safe space for everything. I’m really proud of the community we’ve built here. I get so kilig when I see how engaged everyone is, how much support and empowerment the women share in our group.”
As she emerges into a new decade with more fresh, promising pursuits in tow — while barely scratching the surface of her 30s, no less — Queen P is proof that you can continue inventing and reinventing yourself at any age. From establishing Bestea , her milk tea venture with Pauleen Luna and Niña Almoro , in Alabang last year, to exploring the home decor front via her upcoming collaboration with Studio Soliven , to her partnership with cosmetics brand Téviant , it’s looking like the best years of this pageant icon’s life are just starting.
“It’s when things get too tough that we need to hold on to our dreams,” Pia told Preview . “It’s easier to say than grasp but believe me when I say that the universe always listens. The only way you truly fail is when you give up, so don’t. Take a break, take a rest, then get up and wear that crown like the queen that you are.”
Words by Jam Nitura
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