After Lea Salonga penned a lengthy open letter congratulating her on her victory, Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach returned the favor by watching Lea’s performance in the Broadway musical Allegiance, then singing, so to speak, her praises on Instagram:
A photo posted by Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (@missuniverse) on Jan 10, 2016 at 2:40pm PST
“Finally watched Allegiance last night! Starring Ms Lea Salonga,” Pia wrote. “@msleasalonga is also Filipina. Superb performance from the whole cast. I had tears in my eyes by the end of the show.”
Last Dec. 31, Lea published an open letter in The Philippine Daily Inquirer telling Pia “You have, with your victory, put a smile on the faces of every single Filipino all over the world and made them feel proud to just be Filipino.”
“If there’s a perfect example of perseverance, training and grit, that would be you,” she continued. “And that is why that blue-and-silver crown sits atop your head.”
She concluded the letter by giving Pia some advice on how to spend her time in New York, such as “seeing as much theater” as she can (and recommending Allegiance, natch); checking out the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Guggenheim; then eating, walking, and of course, having fun.