Ms. Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray in swimsuit attire
The Miss Universe 2018 candidates had their last strut on stage before the much-awaited coronation night.
Each candidate flaunted her own style to capture the judges’ and audience’s heart at the Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani while wearing their swimsuit and evening gown.
Several of them successfully stood out among the other contestants including Ms. Universe Thailand, South Africa, Canada, Russia, Japan, India and, of course, the Philippines.
Everyone was awestruck when Catriona Gray perfectly executed a slow-mo turn during the swimsuit competition.
It was followed by a loud applause and cheers when she walked on stage with full confidence while wearing an Ibong Adarna-inspired evening gown.
Several of the audience members — Filipinos and foreigners alike— admired Catriona’s performance in the preliminary competition.
“She nailed it — the lava walk, it’s explosion. Everyone was a big ‘wow’. One hundred percent Catriona for the win,” said Jem, Catriona’s fan from the USA.
“Every time she comes out in the stage, talagang may pasabog. It’s overwhelming — her looks, her aura, her gown, her body composure. It’s perfectly executed,” said Mhagsy, a fan of Gray.
“She’s so perfect and professional,” said Thitaree Kasorn, Ms. Universe Thailand 2018 1st Runner-up.
Even the designer of Miss Sweden, Aviad Arik Herman expressed interest in designing a gown for Catriona.
“Absolutely! I have a very, very special idea for Ms. Philippines which I would love to bring to life. I would love to do Ms. Philippines next year maybe. Hopefully, maybe with your help for this channel,” said Miss Universe 2018 Sweden’s designer Aviad Arik Herman.
Meanwhile, Catriona’s boyfriend, Clint Bondad was very proud and supportive of Catriona during the preliminary competition.
“Si Catriona, ang ganda niya at ang galling niya din. Nakita niyo talaga na na-prepare ang katawan niya. Super fit, saktong-sakto,” said Bondad.
Our fellowmen in the Philippines also cheered for Catriona during her performance and she immediately become trending in social media.
Witness who will reign as Miss Universe 2018 in the coronation night on December 17 at 7:00 a.m. in Thailand in Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani. — Kath Dumaraos | UNTV News & Rescue
Filipino designer Mak Tumang eyed for dressing up next Miss Universe
Filipino designer Mak Tumang
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
Is she Filipina or Australian? Let Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray answer
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
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is back home for the holidays
Miss Philippines Catriona Gray reacts during the final round of the Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok, Thailand, December 17, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
MANILA, Philippines — Two days after winning the title, newly crowned Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is now back in the Philippines.
Catriona arrived at around 3:30 p.m. via a private plane owned by former Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson.
She was supposed hold a press conference at the Platinum Skies Aviation but was reset to a later date.
Unlike before when the winning Miss Universe would immediately travel to the Miss Universe headquarters in New York after the coronation, Catriona was given time to spend the holidays with her loved ones.
Meanwhile, Malacañang said Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is set to pay a courtesy call to President Rodrigo Duterte, however, there is no specific date set as of press time.
“Hindi ko lang alam ang specific date but Secretary of Tourism Berna said definitely a courtesy call,” Panelo said.
The palace has already sent its congratulatory message to Ms. Gray for her victory at the Miss Universe pageant.
Catriona is set to live in New York for the duration of her reign. – Marje Pelayo