Miss Universe 2018: Miss Philippines Catriona Gray, back home for a short visit

  • Page Views 1445
  • Catriona Gray from the Philippines claimed the Miss Universe crown for 2018 on Monday, beating contestants from 94 countries in the 67th edition of the beauty pageant that was held in Bangkok on Sunday.

    The 24-year-old Filipina-Australian has become the fourth Filipina to bring home the coveted title.

    Miss Universe 2018 Winner, Catriona Gray entered her first pageant at the age of 5 and moved to the United
    States to study where she pursued music at the Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts.
    Becoming the fourth Filipino woman to win the crown, the 24-year old received her crown from last year’s winner Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa. The ‘Top 5’ who proceeded to the Q&A section of the event included Catriona Gray (Miss Philippines), Kiara Ortega (Miss Puerto Rico), Tamaryn Green (Miss South Africa), Sthefany Gutierrez (Miss Venezuela) and H’Hen Nie (Miss Vietnam).

    The winner was chosen by an all-female panel of judges which included Colombian-American CEO Liliana Gil Valletta, Janaye Ingram, fashion designer Monique Lhuillier, former Miss Universe winners Michelle McLean and Bui Simon, Iman Oubou, and Richelle Singson-Michael.

    The pageant was hosted by Steve Harvey for the third straight year and model Ashley Graham at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. The global event also featured Grammy-winning RnB artist Ne-Yo performance. This year’s pageant was praised for its inclusivity and diversity. Spain’s Angela Ponce made history as the pageant’s first openly transgender contestant, and Rosa Montezuma represented Panama as its first indigenous Miss Universe contestant.

    ARRIVES IN THE PHILIPPINES

    Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray gave out a Christmas message to her fellow Filipinos upon her return to the country on Wednesday.

    Speaking with reporters after arriving via private jet at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Gray said she hopes more Filipinos will “get into the spirit of giving this Christmas.”

    Open up your heart to your neighbors, to a cause, to a charity near you,” said Gray, who was reunited with some of the beneficiaries of her Tondo-based charity house, Young Focus Philippines, upon her arrival.
    “Because Christmas should be enjoyed by all no matter where you are, no matter where you’re from, what you have. It really is a time for family and forgiving,” she added.

    Gray’s return to Manila will only be a short visit for private engagements.

    Her official homecoming, which traditionally includes a motorcade and TV appearances, has yet to be arranged.
    When asked where she will celebrate Christmas, the Philippines’ fourth Miss Universe winner replied: “Di ko alam pa. As long as I’m with my family, masaya ako.”

    Gray is expected to be based in New York to fulfill her duties as Miss Universe just like her predecessors, which include her compatriot, Pia Wurtzbach. (ABS-CBN, CNN ph)

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 23 February 2021
      2 days ago No comment

      Air Supply says Iñigo and Moophs’ ‘All Out of Love’ remake has ‘great production, great sound’

      International rock duo Air Supply, composed of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock, hailed Iñigo Pascual and Moophs’ remake of their classic hit “All Out of Love” for its “great production and sound.” Iñigo sang parts of the song during Tarsier Records’ “All Out of Love” virtual media conference and ...

    • 20 February 2021
      4 days ago No comment

      U.K., California variants combine for first case of hybrid COVID-19

      Media organizations reported Wednesday (February 17) that the homegrown COVID-19 variant sweeping California has combined with the highly-contagious UK variant. The result is yet another mutation, a hybrid virus. This has started to spark fears that the new resulting virus will be more contagious. A sample from California showed ...

    • 12 February 2021
      2 weeks ago No comment

      Gold and Diamonds Rotary Charity Night

      Feb 13th 4 – 7pm Just in time for Valentines Day Refreshment & Food will be served (or Tequila) up to 70% off for Special VIP & Invited Guests One Year Financing – No Interest 25% of profit goes to RCVM Treasury for future projects. Arctic Fame Diamonds 942 ...

    • 12 February 2021
      2 weeks ago No comment

      Erin O’Toole announces Shadow Cabinet updates

      OTTAWA, ON – The Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, today announced updates to the Conservative Shadow Cabinet. “Canadians are worried about their economic future,” O’Toole said. “Canadians have seen what happened when the Liberal government was in charge of getting vaccines, can we ...

    • 12 February 2021
      2 weeks ago No comment

      New public transit investments to build strong communities, fight climate change, and create new jobs across Canada

      Investing in public transit infrastructure shortens commute times for families, creates good middle-class jobs, grows our economy, and cuts air pollution. Since 2015, the Government of Canada has invested more than $13 billion in 1,300 public transit projects for communities across Canada. This is the largest public transit investment ...

    %d bloggers like this: