Manila's factory of dreams

MANILA: Pia Wurtzbach may have to accept that she will always be remembered as the Miss Universe who nearly never was, after show host Steve Harvey made the biggest boo-boo in pageant history when he wrongly announced the winner as Miss Colombia last month.

But there has hardly been any dispute over whether the 26-year-old Miss Philippines deserved the title. The poise, beauty and confidence she exuded, and which won the judges over, were the fruits of three years of training in one beauty-queen boot camp after another.

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