Filipino teenager receives surprise gift from beauty queen

A teenager in the Philippines came home to a dream come true — a prom dress that graced the Miss Universe stage just days before.

15-year-old Zyra Nicole Cifra received Miss Bulgaria-Universe's blue gown, after the teen's mother wrote to the beauty queen.

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Miss France Iris Mittenaere poses after being declared winner in the 65th Miss Universe beauty pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena, in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 30, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Miss France Iris Mittenaere poses after being declared winner in the 65th Miss Universe beauty pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena, in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 30, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Miss France Iris Mittenaere reacts after being declared winner in the Miss Universe beauty pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena, in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 30, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Miss France Iris Mittenaere waves after being declared winner in the Miss Universe beauty pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena, in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 30, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Pia Wurtzbach places the Miss Universe crown on Miss France Iris Mittenaere after the latter was declared winner in the Miss Universe beauty pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena, in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 30, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Miss France Iris Mittenaere waves after being declared winner in the Miss Universe beauty pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena, in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 30, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Contestants congratulate Miss France Iris Mittenaere after she was declared winner in the Miss Universe beauty pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena, in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 30, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Miss Universe candidates gestures for a picture during a red carpet inside a SMX convention in metro Manila, Philippines January 29, 2017. In Photo from L-R: Miss Portugal Flavia Brito, Miss Spain Noelia Freire, Miss Uruguay Magdalena Cohendet, Miss South Africa Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, Miss Nigeria Unoaku Anyadike and Miss Paraguay Andrea Melgarejo. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
Miss Universe candidate from Siera Leone Hawa Kamara competes during a national costume preliminary competition in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Iris Mittenaere (C-back to camera) of France looks back at other candidates after being crowned Miss Universe in the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on January 30, 2017. France was crowed Miss Universe on January 30 in a glitzy spectacle free of last year's dramatic mix-up but with a dash of political controversy as finalists touched on migration and other hot-button global issues. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Iris Mittenaere (C) of France reacts after being crowned Miss Universe in the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on January 30, 2017. France was crowed Miss Universe on January 30 in a glitzy spectacle free of last year's dramatic mix-up but with a dash of political controversy as finalists touched on migration and other hot-button global issues. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Iris Mittenaere (C) of France walks on stage after being crowned Miss Universe in the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on January 30, 2017. France was crowed Miss Universe on January 30 in a glitzy spectacle free of last year's dramatic mix-up but with a dash of political controversy as finalists touched on migration and other hot-button global issues. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Iris Mittenaere of France walks the stage after being crowned the winner of the 2017 Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on January 30, 2017. France was crowed Miss Universe on January 30 in a glitzy spectacle free of last year's dramatic mix-up but with a dash of political controversy as finalists touched on migration and other hot-button global issues. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestant Mariam Habach of Venezuela presents during the national costume and preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss Universe candidate from Panama Keity Drennan competes during a national costume preliminary competition in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Miss Universe candidate from Sweden Ida Ovmar competes during a national costume preliminary competition in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Miss Universe candidate from Colombia Andrea Tovar competes during a national costume preliminary competition in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Miss Universe candidate from Puerto Rico Brenda Jimenez competes during a national costume preliminary competition in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Miss Universe candidate from Dominican Republic Sal Garcia competes during a national costume preliminary competition in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Miss Universe candidate from France Iris Mittenaere competes during a national costume preliminary competition in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Miss Universe candidate from France Iris Mittenaere competes during a national costume preliminary competition in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Miss Universe candidate from Guyana Soyini Fraser competes during a national costume preliminary competition in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Miss Universe candidate from Vietnam Le Hang competes during a national costume preliminary competition in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Miss Universe candidate from Portugal Flavia Brito competes during a national costume preliminary competition in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Miss Universe candidate from Dominican Republic Sal Garcia competes during a national costume preliminary competition in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Miss Universe candidate from Germany Johanna Acs competes during a national costume preliminary competition in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Miss Universe candidates pose for photographers while onboard a yacht before going to a beach resort in Manila, Philippines January 19, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Philippine Tourism secretary Wanda Teo (5th R) pose with Miss Universe candidates at the presidential palace in Manila, Philippines January 23, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Miss Universe candidates parade in their evening gowns during a preliminary competition in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Miss Universe candidates pose for photographers while onboard a yacht before going to a beach resort in Manila, Philippines January 19, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Miss Universe candidate from Nicaragua Marina Jacoby competes during a national costume preliminary competition in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Miss Universe candidates parade in their swim suits during a preliminary competition in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Miss Universe candidates parade in their evening gowns during a preliminary competition in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Miss Universe candidate from Myanmar Htet Htet Htun wears a costume depicting "Burmese Puppetry" as she competes during a national costume preliminary competition in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Miss Universe candidates listen to an instructor as they take part in a rehearsal for the upcoming beauty pageant on January 30 in Manila, Philippines January 24, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Miss Universe candidate from China Li Zhen Ying competes during a national costume preliminary competition in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Miss Universe candidate from Venezuela Mariam Habach competes during a national costume preliminary competition in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Miss Universe candidate from U.S. Virgin Islands Carolyn Carter competes during a national costume preliminary competition in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestant Andrea Tovar of Colombia presents during the national costume and preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestant Mariam Habach of Venezuela in her long gown during the preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestant Mariam Habach of Venezuela in her long gown during the preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestant Magdalina Cohendent of Uruguay in her swimsuit during the preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestant Andrea Tovar of Colombia in her long gown during the preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestant Le Hang of Vietnam presents during the national costume and preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestant Le Hang (R) of Vietnam in her long gown along with other candidates during the preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
SMX, PASAY, METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES - 2017/01/29: Miss Canada smiles to the press at the SMX in Pasay City. Miss Universe candidates walked the red carpet at the SMX in Pasay City a day before the coronation. (Photo by J Gerard Seguia/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestant Andrea Tovar of Colombia in her siwmsuit during the preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestant Andrea Tovar of Colombia presents during the national costume and preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestant Marina Jacoby of Nicaragua in her swimsuit during the preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestant Camila Barraza of kosovo in her swimsuit during the preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestant Andrea Melgarejo of Paraguay in her swimsuit during the preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestant Jenny Kim of South Korea in her swimsuit during the preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestant Darina Kulsitova of Kazakhstan in her swimsuit during the preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestant Jayathi De Silva of Sri Lanka in her swimsuit during the preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestant Valeria Piazza of Peru in her swimsuit during the preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestant Hildur Maria of Iceland in Her swimsuit during the preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestant Flavia Brito of Portugal in her swimsuit during the preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestant Christina Waage of Norway in her swimsuit during the preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestant Unoaku Anyadike of Nigeria in her swimsuit during the preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestant Le Hang of Vietnam in her swimsuit during the preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
MOA ARENA, PASAY, METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES - 2017/01/26: Miss Canada shows off her national costume at the Arena in Pasay City. Candidates from different countries showed off their national costumes during the Miss Universe pageant preliminary competition at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. (Photo by Joseph Gerard Seguia/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
MOA ARENA, PASAY, METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES - 2017/01/26: Miss China shows off her national costume at the Arena in Pasay City. Candidates from different countries showed off their national costumes during the Miss Universe pageant preliminary competition at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. (Photo by Joseph Gerard Seguia/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
MOA ARENA, PASAY, METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES - 2017/01/26: Miss British Virgin Islands shows off her national costume at the Arena in Pasay City. Candidates from different countries showed off their national costumes during the Miss Universe pageant preliminary competition at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. (Photo by Joseph Gerard Seguia/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
MOA ARENA, PASAY, METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES - 2017/01/26: Miss Nigeria shows off her national costume at the Arena in Pasay City. Candidates from different countries showed off their national costumes during the Miss Universe pageant preliminary competition at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. (Photo by Joseph Gerard Seguia/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
MOA ARENA, PASAY, METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES - 2017/01/26: Miss Uruguay shows off her national costume at the Arena in Pasay City. Candidates from different countries showed off their national costumes during the Miss Universe pageant preliminary competition at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. (Photo by Joseph Gerard Seguia/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
MOA ARENA, PASAY, METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES - 2017/01/26: Miss Singapore shows off her national costume at the Arena in Pasay City. Candidates from different countries showed off their national costumes during the Miss Universe pageant preliminary competition at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. (Photo by Joseph Gerard Seguia/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
MOA ARENA, PASAY, METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES - 2017/01/26: Miss Philippines shows off her national costume at the Arena in Pasay City. Candidates from different countries showed off their national costumes during the Miss Universe pageant preliminary competition at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. (Photo by Joseph Gerard Seguia/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
MOA ARENA, PASAY, METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES - 2017/01/26: Miss Switzerland shows off her national costume at the Arena in Pasay City. Candidates from different countries showed off their national costumes during the Miss Universe pageant preliminary competition at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. (Photo by Joseph Gerard Seguia/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
MOA ARENA, PASAY, METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES - 2017/01/26: Miss Sweden shows off her national costume at the Arena in Pasay City. Candidates from different countries showed off their national costumes during the Miss Universe pageant preliminary competition at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. (Photo by Joseph Gerard Seguia/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
MOA ARENA, PASAY, METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES - 2017/01/26: Miss Austria shows off her national costume at the Arena in Pasay City. Candidates from different countries showed off their national costumes during the Miss Universe pageant preliminary competition at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. (Photo by Joseph Gerard Seguia/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
MOA ARENA, PASAY, METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES - 2017/01/26: Miss Bahamas shows off her national costume at the Arena in Pasay City. Candidates from different countries showed off their national costumes during the Miss Universe pageant preliminary competition at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. (Photo by Joseph Gerard Seguia/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestant Sal Garcia of Dominican Republic during the national costume presentation in the preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. The Miss Universe beauty pageant coronation will take place on January 30. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
MOA ARENA, PASAY, METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES - 2017/01/26: Miss USA shows off her national costume at the Arena in Pasay City. Candidates from different countries showed off their national costumes during the Miss Universe pageant preliminary competition at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. (Photo by Joseph Gerard Seguia/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestants in their swimsuits during the preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. The Miss Universe beauty pageant coronation will take place on January 30. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestant Stefania Bernal of Argentina during the national costume presentation in the preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. The Miss Universe beauty pageant coronation will take place on January 30. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestant Rebecca Rath of Beliz presents during the national costume presentation in the preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. The Miss Universe beauty pageant coronation will take place on January 30. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestant Dajana Dzinic of Austria during the national costume presentation in the preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. The Miss Universe beauty pageant coronation will take place on January 30. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestants in their swimsuits during the preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. The Miss Universe beauty pageant coronation will take place on January 30. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestant Luisa Baptista of Angola during the national costume presentation in the preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. The Miss Universe beauty pageant coronation will take place on January 30. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Miss Universe contestants in their swimsuits during the preliminary competition of the Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. The Miss Universe beauty pageant coronation will take place on January 30. / AFP / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Violina Ancheva, Miss Bulgaria 2016, said in a Facebook post on Monday shortly after the pageant was over that she was looking to donate her dress to someone in need in the Philippines.

Cifra's mother, Issay Gallano, sent Ancheva a private message on Facebook to appeal for the dress. In her message, she noted that she was a single mother and was scraping some savings together to afford a prom dress for Cifra.

Gallano forwarded Mashable her exchange with Ancheva, where she said:

"Hi Ms Violina, me and my daughter would like to ask if you can donate your gown to her.

"She will be having her prom next month but I'm really short on budget since I'm only a single mom."

Gallano, who works as a report analyst, had also told CNN Philippines that she was even considering pawning a necklace so she could afford a prom dress for her daughter.

She told Mashable she didn't expect a reply to come so quickly. "I think that I just got lucky because when I sent that message (Violina was) currently looking at her messages."

And so Cifra came home after school to Ancheva's blue Sherri Hill gown.

Gallano also posted pictures of her meeting earlier with Ancheva, and of her daughter trying on the gown.

"She's so happy, grateful and excited for her upcoming prom," Gallano said, but added that Cifra is "feeling low right now" because of negative comments online after news broke of her receiving the gown.

Many praised Ancheva's gesture, and her popularity in the Philippines appears to have spiked after the incident. A fan account on Twitter which describes itself as "run by a Filipina" was also created just days ago.

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