I’ve listened to different versions and different arrangements of this meaningful song titled “Home” by different artists, but, just like Pia Wurtzbach, from a bevy of seventy-nine other beauties onstage at the Miss Universe 2015 pageant, this one by Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez stands out. It is, indeed, a testament to the fact that Filipinos are world-class in many ways: beauty, talent, and what have you.

I’d like to share this because as I keep listening to the song and try to decipher its lyrics, I can’t help thinking to myself—
and believing that you’ll agree—that it’s just befitting our beautiful queen’s homecoming to where her heart confidently belongs, the Philippines. Pia may have been born in Germany, spending all of her preadolescent years there, and she may be having the time of her life residing in New York, USA, during her reign, but she considers the Philippines as where her heart is. In one of her post-victory interviews in New York, when she was asked what made her win, Pia said, “My Filipino blood!”

Shouldn’t we all be mighty proud that we belong to the same home, the powerhouse of beauty—and talent, if you will, where “there’s love overflowing” and beauty overwhelming? For the year 2015 alone, we won six international crowns. Tell me which other country can beat that?

Ten days after Pia Wurtzbach ended our four-decade drought for the world’s most coveted crown by winning it at the 64th Miss Universe pageant, Leren Mae Bautista bested fifty-six other beauties by winning the title of Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2015 in Malaysia. On Dec. 5, Angelia Gabrena Ong put the Philippines on the map once again in Austria by succeeding fellow Filipina Jamie Herrell with her victory as Miss Earth 2015. Once week prior, on Nov. 27, Cindy Pacia Madduma wowed the world in Malaysia by winning the crown of Miss Scuba International 2015. On Nov. 6 in Thailand, Trixie Maristela was crowned as the most beautiful transgender in the world by winning the Miss International Queen 2015 title. And the first one to do it all is Ann Lorraine Colis: she bagged the Miss Globe 2015 crown on October 8 in Canada.

Click the link to listen to the song and watch the video.

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