MANILA - After her historic win in Las Vegas in December, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is finally back in the country.
Wurtzbach arrived at around 6 a.m. on Saturday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
The first Miss Universe since 1973, Wurtzbach took home the elusive crown following a controversial coronation night where host Steve Harvey mistakenly declared Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner.
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Wurtzbach was greeted by well-wishers at the VIP lounge in NAIA.
"Thank you very much for coming here. I know it's quite early, but I appreciate your taking your time to come here," Wurtzbach told her supporters who were gathered at the NAIA VIP Lounge.
"I don't want to reveal too much because I'm saving all my stories and my experiences for the press conference that will be happening tomorrow," the Filipina beauty queen added.
Wurtzbach said she was not able to sleep last night due to excitement. She added that she turns emotional whenever she thinks of her homecoming in the Philippines.
"I was not able to sleep last night because I was too excited. And every time I think about my trip coming back here, I tear up a little bit because I feel it's been too long," Wurtzbach said.
The reigning Miss Universe said she is looking forward to sharing her stories with the Filipino people who had been very supportive of her.
"I have so many things to share and I cannot wait to share it with all of you," Wurtzbach told her supporters.
In an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News, Wurtzbach told correspondent Dyan Castillejo that she is looking forward to the grand parade on Monday and the panned tribute show.
"Obviously, gusto kong maging successful ‘yung parade. Sana maraming pumunta, maraming lumabas, maraming manood," Wurtzbach said.
"I’m also excited for the tribute show... I do not know what to expect, they have not been revealing much," she added.
Wurtzbach will have a packed weeklong stay in the country. Her itinerary includes a press conference, a courtesy call in Malacañang, a tribute show and a grand homecoming parade.
"It's gonna be a holiday every day that she's here. I'm sure even people from the provinces will be coming," Binibining Pilipinas chairperson Stella Araneta said in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News' Mario Dumaual earlier.
Wurtzbach’s homecoming parade will take place on Monday and will feature a specially-designed float for the grand celebration.
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has warned motorists and commuters of heavy traffic in Manila and Makati where the parade will pass.
The grand parade will start at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza and will pass through major thoroughfares in Metro Manila, including Roxas Boulevard, Taft Avenue, Quirino Avenue, Gil Puyat Avenue and Ayala Avenue.
Araneta shared that aside from a grand parade, their organization is also preparing her courtesy call at Malacañang and a special tribute show to be held at the Araneta Coliseum on January 28.
"It has been approved by Miss Universe. She will come out of Araneta Coliseum and people can see her," she shared.