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Miss Colombia: Everything happens for a reason

Chuck Smith - Philstar.com

MANILA, Philippines — The visibly dazed Ariadna Gutierrez of Colombia says she is "still happy" for what she accomplished in the 64th Miss Universe on Sunday (Monday morning, Philippine time) even after a hosting gaffe.

Gutierrez was erroneously announced as the winner of the 2015 Miss Universe by show host Steve Harvey instead of Philippines's Pia Wurtzbach.

But in a quick video posted on Miss Universe's social media accounts, the Colombian said: "Everything happens for a reason."

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She added, "I’m happy for all [what] I did."

"Thank you for all. Thank you for voting for me," Gutierrez said.

Pia herself reacted to the gaffe and called it a "non-traditional crowning moment."

Shortly after Sunday night's confusion, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos tweeted a message on his official account to Ariadna Gutierrez. "For us, you will continue being Miss Universe! We are very proud!"

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Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda, meanwhile, did not address the controversial win but said, "In bagging this victory, Ms. Wurtzbach not only serves as a tremendous source of pride for our people, but also holds up the banner of our women and of our country-as a true representative of what the Filipina can achieve."

It's the third time a contestant from the Philippines has won the title, while it could have been the second win in a row for Colombia. — with the Associated Press

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