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Pia sees US TV gig a chance to be recognized as Filipino

Newly crowned Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach at the financial district of Makati city east of Manila, Philippines for a victory parade Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV

MANILA, Philippines — Pia Wurtzbach sees her upcoming US TV hosting job as a compliment.

It was announced earlier today that the reigning Miss Universe will be a Super Bowl 50 special correspondent for the US news magazine TV show "Inside Edition."

READ: Pia Wurtzbach gets Super Bowl 50 hosting gig for US TV show

"I'm very excited," she told reporters after her courtesy call with President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday.  "I see it as a compliment because they wouldn't trust me with a microphone if they didn't think that I could do well or speak."

She added, "I think that's a pretty good sign."

The 26-year-old beauty queen said she sees the gig as a opportunity to be recognized not just as Miss Universe but also as a Pinay.

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"It's a great way of me connecting to more people, meeting new people and being recognized not just as Miss Universe, not just as Pia but also as a Filipina," Pia said.

Pia is the country for a series of activities, which began with a news conference on Sunday and will end with a special homecoming show at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on Thursday.   

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