Pia Wurtzbach, the Philippines’ third Miss Universe, arrived home early Saturday, Jan. 23, more than a month after bagging the prestigious beauty title.
A Philippine Airlines plane bearing Wurtzbach touched down at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at about 6 a.m., radio reports said.
Wurtzbach, the country’s third Miss Universe, emerged at the NAIA Terminal 2 shortly after the plane landed, and received a warm welcome from well-wishers.
Many of the well-wishers gathered at the NAIA Terminal 2 early Saturday to get a glimpse of the beauty queen.
During a press conference after her arrival, Wurtzbach said she could not sleep Friday night as she was “so excited” to return home.
She reiterated she is very happy to be home.
The beauty queen left the NAIA aboard a limousine and smiled at well-wishers who waited for her.
Tonight, Jan. 23, Wurtzbach is expected to attend an intimate dinner prepared by fellow beauty queens.
It will be a hectic homecoming week for the country’s third Miss Universe.
The Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI) and the Miss Universe Organization announced the official activities to welcome the triumphant return of Wurtzbach.
On January 25, Monday, Wurtzbach will go to the Senate to receive the Citation of Excellence for her victorious stint at the Miss Universe Pageant.
Then the public will get the chance to see her at the Grand Homecoming Parade which covers the cities of Makati, Manila, and Quezon City.
On January 26, Wurtzbach will pay a courtesy call on President Aquinoin Malacanang.
Wurtzbach will also visit the city government offices of Manila, Makati, and Quezon City. On the same day, she will also appear at the House of Representatives to receive the Congressional Medal of Distinction.
January 27 is Charity Day for Miss Universe. She will visit the wounded soldiers and have an encounter with the youth with HIV.
The homecoming activities will culminate with a Grand Homecoming Special at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City on January 28.