Miss Philippines Catriona Gray was just crowned as Miss Universe 2018. The country’s contender had been one of the front-runners to win the coveted title, and she didn’t disappoint.
Even before the coronation night, Catriona had already garnered a lot of fans from all around the world for her beauty and charm. Now that she is officially Miss Universe 2018, many are eager to know more about her. Here are the six things to know about Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray.
1. Catriona’s dad is Scottish, and her mom is Filipino.
The 24-year-old television host, singer, model, stage actress, and beauty pageant titleholder may have a Scottish dad and a Filipino mom, but she was born in Australia, just in case you were wondering about her accent.
Catriona shared during the pageant that she is very close to her parents, especially her dad who taught her that “the longest journey starts with a single step.”
2. She received a degree in Music Theory at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
When Miss Universe 2018 host Steve Harvey asked Catriona what to call a song that she will write about her experience at the pageant, she replied:
“As Miss Philippines, I’ve always felt the love and support of the Filipino people, and I think I brought half of my country here tonight,” she responded. “I would name the song ‘Raise Your Flag’ because I stand here not as one but as 104 million Filipinos!”
3. The newly-crowned Miss Universe has a signature runway move.
Catriona first wowed the audience and netizens when she did a live “slow-mo twirl” during the swimsuit portion at the preliminary.
She also did her signature twirl during the coronation night.
4. Catriona is passionate about ending poverty in the Philippines.
Catriona is certainly not just all talk. Her very own project “Paraiso: The Bright Beginnings Project” raises money to help the hungry, especially the children.
5. She loves traveling around the world.
Catriona has a blog, Cat’elle, where she documented her travels.
She also noted multiple times during interviews that she had been to Thailand (Miss Universe 2018 host country) before, saying that she loved their culture and food, making her an instant favorite of Thai people.
6. Catriona is the fourth Miss Philippines that won the Miss Universe title.
Although the Philippines had been stepping up its game when it comes to beauty pageants, Catriona Gray is only the fourth one that nabbed the Miss Universe title.
The first-ever Filipina Miss Universe was Gloria Diaz (1969), followed by Margarita Moran (1973), then Pia Wurtzbach (2015), and finally Catriona Gray (2018).
Watch Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray’s crowning moment here:
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Some friendships are just too precious for this world. A homeless man was recently admitted to the hospital for a pre-existing illness. Interestingly, he wasn't alone. Soon, the hospital staff discovered that four stray dogs had followed the man to the medical center and were anxious about their friend.
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