Is she Filipina or Australian? Let Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray answer
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Thursday, December 20th, 2018
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray | Photo courtesy of Walter De Vera
MANILA, Philippines – An Australian paper released on Tuesday (December 18) as part of their banner story congratulating crowned Miss Universe Catriona Gray not as Miss Philippines as she represented but of Queensland, crossing out the word ‘Philippines’ and claiming her as their own representative and their “crowning glory”.
The Courier Mail wrote that Catriona is an Australian even when she is the official representative of the Philippines and ran on several occasions, including Miss World, as a Filipina.
Catriona was born in Australia of a Scottish-Australian father and a Filipina mother. She attended school in Queensland until she was 18. Then she moved to the Philippines to pursue her modeling career.
She definitely speaks and sounds Filipino. She speaks fluent English but without any sound of the Australian accent.
Another Australian paper, the Daily Tribune bannered this headline: “Our” Miss universe with pictures of Catriona clearly showing her wearing the Philippine sash.
‘Hit’, a radio station in Australia, was less assuming, with the lead: “An Aussie girl has taken out the title of Miss Universe for 2018, but it wasn’t our chosen Miss Australia!”
Australia’s official candidate Miss Australia Francesca Hung was born of a Chinese-Australian father and an Irish-Australian mother. Miss Australia only made it to the Top 20 of the elimination round.
Catriona lost on a previous run for Miss World having no similar claim from the Aussies.
And just this year, she won in the Binibining Pilipinas 2018 making her the official bet of the Philippines to run in the Miss Universe pageant.
While these headlines from Australia sparked controversy among netizens – from Australians, Filipinos and other nationalities – crowned Miss universe Catriona Gray, who arrived on Wednesday (December 19) for a brief visit in the Philippines, settled disputes on who she is and where she calls home.
“Thank you so much for being here, for making my first trip home such a memorable one. It hasn’t sunk in yet that we won Miss Universe, para sa’yo, Pilipinas (It’s for you, Philippines). I’m so happy to be home. So happy to be back in the Philippines and to see all of you and to also to see my Young Focus family,” Catriona said during a brief stop upon arrival on Wednesday.
During a pre-pageant interview with UNTV News and Rescue Team in Thailand, Catriona spoke of who she really is and she’s very sure of it.
“I am proud to be a Filipino…Well, definitely. I am the only Filipina (in the pageant),” the bubbly, newly crowned Miss Universe 2018 said.
Well, the Queen has spoken! – UNTV News and Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Friday, February 22nd, 2019
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo expressed his gratitude for the concern that 2018 Ms. Universe Catriona Gray has shown, when she stated that the government must focus on why children engage in crimes instead of lowering the age of criminal liability.
Panelo said that, like many Filipinos, Gray may have been misinformed about the facts of the bill that aims to lower the age of criminal liability to 12 years old.
Panelo agrees with Gray about focusing on the problem, which is what the government, he said, is actually doing by rehabilitating the minors.
“Sa batas nakalagay dun yung rehabilitation. Ang focus nga ay rehabilitation. So, you are solving precisely the problem why these people are engaged in crimes,” Panelo said.
He added, “Because the problem is, they engage in crimes. So, what will we do? We will have to rehabilitate them. Learn why they have committed such crimes. And then put them back to the society,” Spokesperson emphasized.
The Presidential Spokesperson said Gray should be educated on the facts of the said bill.
“She may have been misinformed of the facts, given that the opposition to the lowering comes from yung mga dating kritiko ng administrasyon,” Panelo said.
Panelo made the statement when asked about his reaction to Gray’s statement on Wednesday, February 20, at her homecoming press conference.
Ms. Gray has long been known for her advocacy for underprivileged Filipino children and being a supporter and volunteer of the non-profit organization “Young Focus Foundation” – Freema Salonga
by Maris Federez | Posted on Friday, February 22nd, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray donned a jumpsuit terno for her grand homecoming parade in Metro Manila on Thursday.
Gray was onboard a majestic float inspired by her diamond-and-pearl-encrusted Mikimoto crown when she greeted her supporters along the parade route that passed by the cities of Pasay, Manila and Makati.
The Beauty queen wore a Sampaguita-inspired jumpsuit designed by Mak Tumang for her parade.
In a social media post, Tumang explained that Gray’s parade outfit, dubbed as “Sampaguita: A promise fulfilled,” was inspired by the Philippine national flower, Sampaguita.
“Legend has it that its etymology was derived from the Filipino words ‘sumpa kita’, which means ‘I promise you’. This ornamental flower is an inherent part of our landscape since time immemorial,” Tumang said in his Instagram post.
“Interestingly, this flower has a lot to do with the concept of ‘Coming Home’. You know you are home when its distinct sweet and aromatic fragrance tickles your olfactory sense. Moreover, the flowers are usually slung and made into leis which are used to welcome dignitaries or are being peddled in front of churches so as to become offerings,” he added.
Aside from sampaguita, Gray’s jumpsuit was also emblazoned with embroidery inspired by Anahaw.
Tumang said that “it is fitting that we welcome our Queen with Sampaguitas adorned with Anahaw – our national leaf. Catriona will wear this Philippine terno which is a ‘Callado’ (similar to Piña Barong) embroidered gown with stylized Panuelo and Mariposa sleeves.”
Despite the heat, Gray was all smiles as she waved to her supporters who went out to take a glimpse of her parade that started around 2 p.m. in Pasay City. The motorcade ended at Glorietta Shopping Center in EDSA around 6 p.m.
Several roads had been closed and a traffic rerouting scheme was implemented by the Makati City Government and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority to give way to the parade.
The closed roads were opened to the public after the motorcade. – Robie de Guzman (with reports from Mon Jocson)
MANILA, Philippines — Apart from her beauty, Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray stood out in her gowns in the pageant.
The Filipino-Aussie beauty’s best assets and features were showcased in Filipino designer Mak Tumang pieces.
Last week, three of the stunning outfits of the country’s fourth Miss Universe were featured at a mall exhibit in Pampanga.
This includes the red hot Mayon gown she wore during her crowning moment as Miss Universe 2018; Adarna gown at the preliminaries and Sinag gown during her victory in Binibining Pilipinas.
And for the beauty of the masterpieces, the Kapampangan designer is starting to gain attention in the international scene.
He has been receiving messages and calls from other countries over design works.
“When I was in Arena in Bangkok may mga ibang countries na nagparamdam and there are other candidates and other organization from different countries are messaging me in Instagram in social media,” he said.
Filipinos, meanwhile, are proud of the designer’s success.
“Sobrang ganda kasi makikita mo na siya picture ang ganda, pero ‘pag nakita mong personal sobrang ganda lalo na nakasuot na rin ako ng gown ni Mak Tumang,” said AJ Garcia.
“Proud na proud po kami kasi Kapampanga po siya and Kapampangan po ako,” said Hearty Angele Dabu.
Though Mak was not expecting this kind of attention, he is thankful for the blessing he received.
“Parang halos lahat kilala na ‘ko, pero yung gravity ngayon ko pa lang nararamdaman talaga,” said Mark Tumang.
Tumang is planning to create a gallery for Catriona’s gowns including his other masterpieces. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News and Rescue
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