We are all overcome with emotion and excitement as another Filipina becomes a strong contender for Miss Universe.
Catriona Gray, who was seen to have slayed both the swimsuit and evening gown competitions in the preliminaries, seems intensely firm, fixed, and unswerving in wearing that coveted crown.
And her intentions are noble—making use of such pageantry to push her causes to light, namely education for the underprivileged, particularly those Tondo kids close to her heart, and HIV/AIDS awareness.
This is what made her actually join beauty pageants, and her journey to being our country’s bet in the 2018 Miss Universe is truly awesome as it shows how much she was destined and made to be a beauty queen.
Miss World Philippines 2016
After finishing high school in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, came back to her Mommy Normita Magnayon’s homeland to try her luck in modeling, with her daddy Ian Gray’s full support.
While she did enjoy success in her newfound career, she wanted to do more. And as she volunteered for Young Focus, an NGO advocating education for impoverished children, she saw the terrible plight of street kids in Tondo.
That was when pageantry crossed her mind as a way to amplify her advocacy and really do something for them. In 2016, she joined the Miss World Philippines pageant.
Catriona took the pageant by storm.
With her modelling background and her stunning beauty and remarkable intelligence, she hurdled all the in-pageant competitions with flying colors and won the crown, making her represent the country in the Miss World 2016 pageant in Maryland, USA.
Miss World 2016
Catriona went on to compete in the Miss World 2016 pageant and proved to everyone she has what it takes to take the crown.
Again her poise, gorgeousness and smarts made her pass through the preliminaries and reach the top 5. While she was not able to wear the crown, which went to Miss Puerto Rico Stephanie del Valle, Catriona was seen as a favorite and represented the Philippines well.
Binibining Pilipinas 2018
Over a year after landing in the top 5 of Miss World, Catriona contemplated what she would do next. And considering that pageantry is still a good platform for her cause, Catriona decided to enter the Binibining Pilipinas pageant.
In the 2018 coronation night, she again dominated the contest by topping major and special categories. And this led to her being named Binibining Pilipinas-Universe, our deserving bet to possibly wear the most prestigious beauty pageant crown in the world.
Miss Universe 2018
As she started her campaign in the Miss Universe pageant Bangkok, Thailand, Catriona already wowed everyone with her unique, astounding, and awe-inspiring style—from the National Costume contest to the recent preliminaries. She has since been the most favored and talked about candidate and is a hands-down favorite to win the crown.
Watch and support Catriona as she vies for the 2018 Miss Universe crown this Monday, December 17 on ABS-CBN!