BANGKOK, Thailand – Miss Philippines’ Catriona Gray is Miss Universe 2018.
Catriona nailed the entire final round where she obviously stood out with her signature walk, simple but radiant beauty and wit in all the question and answer part of the prestigious competition.
To make it to the Top 10, Catriona was asked: “You are a singer and musician. If you are going to write a song about your experience here in Miss Universe, what would you call it?”
‘Well you know what, Steve, as Miss Philippines, I’ve always felt the love and the support of the Filipino people. And I think I brought half of my country here tonight and so I would name the song ‘Raise Your Flag’ because I stand here not as one, but as a hundred and more millions of Filipinos,” she answered which was her ticket to the Top 10.
Catriona advanced to the semifinals where she competed with contestants from South Africa, Vietnam, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Curacao, Nepal, Canada, Thailand and Puerto Rico in the final Swimwear and Evening Gown competition.
Catriona entered the Top 5 selection where each of them were asked of a specific question written by their fellow candidates.
Catriona was asked about her views on the legalization of marijuana to which she answered:
“I am for being used in a medical use, but not so for recreational use because I think if people were to argue, what about alcohol and cigarettes? Everything is good but in moderation.”
The crowd went wild when host Steve Harvey called Catriona as the first finalist followed by South Africa and Venezuela.
The three final girls were asked with a common question: “What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in your life and how would you apply it to your time as Miss Universe?”
Catriona answered first while the two other candidates were asked to wear headphones so as not to hear the question to which Miss Philippines answered:
“I work a lot in the slums of Tondo, Manila and the life there is poor and it’s very sad. And I have always taught myself to look for the beauty in it; to look in the beauty in the faces of the children and to be grateful. And I will bring this aspect as a Miss Universe, to see situations with a silver lining. and to assess where I could give something; where I could provide something as a spokesperson. And if I can teach people to be grateful, we can have an amazing world where negativity cannot grow and prosper, and children will have smiles on their faces.”
After the thrilling moment, Steve Harvey announced Miss Philippines Catriona Gray as 67th Miss Universe during the coronation night on Monday (December 17) in Bangkok, Thailand.
Catriona has won the Philippines’ fourth Miss Universe crown after the most -talked win of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach. – Marje Pelayo