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Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach returns home

Newly crowned Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach poses before her portrait upon arrival early Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 in suburban Pasay City, south of Manila, Philippines. Wurtzbach was crowned Miss Universe on Dec. 20, 2015 but not before pageant host Steve Harvey incorrectly announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner at the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas. AP/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines – Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach was finally home as she returned to Manila from the United States early Saturday.

Wurtzbach arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 around 6 a.m.

This is the first time Wurtzbach has visited the Philippines more than a month after she was crowned Miss Universe 2015 in Las Vegas on December 21, which turned out to be the most controversial win in the prestigious beauty pageant.

Wurtzbach broke the country’s 42-year drought by bringing back the crown after Margie Moran won in 1973, the second Filipina to do after Gloria Diaz in 1969.

Upon arriving at the airport, the reigning Miss Universe faced the media and gave a short message to her supporters.

“Napakasaya ko po na nakauwi na ulit ako dito sa Pilipinas. Grabe para akong lalaban ulit,” Wurtzbach said.

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“Ayoko po sanang mag-reveal muna ng mga experiences ko. Ise-save ko po ito sa press conference na mangyayari bukas. Kaya sana po pumunta kayo doon,” she added.

From a press conference to a grand parade and several courtesy calls, Wurtzbach’s homecoming is full-packed with activities. She will also have a homecoming special on January 28 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.

Some areas in Manila and Makati City will be closed for the beauty queen's grand homecoming parade on Monday.

READ: LIST: Routes affected by Pia Wurtzbach’s homecoming parade

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