The Philippines conquered the most prestigious beauty pageant in the universe with Catriona Gray proclaimed as Miss Universe 2018 title-holder out of 93 other contestants from countries around the world.
The Miss Universe 2018 coronation night was held on Monday, December 17, 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand.
In her winning answer about her experience working in the poor communities in Manila, Catriona Gray said it has taught her to “look in the beauty of the children” and be grateful.
“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,” Catriona said.
“This I think if I can teach people to be grateful, we can have an amazing world where negativity could not grow and foster and children will have smile on their faces,” Catriona said.
Catriona bags the fourth Philippines’ Miss Universe crown, joining three Filipina Miss Universe title-holders including Gloria Diaz (1969), Margie Moran (1973), and Pia Wurtzbach (2015).
Catriona said she dedicates her Miss Universe journey to the Philippines in her Instagram post.
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Philippines, this is it. 💫 What an amazing journey this has been – from day one back in January 2018 of announcing candidacy @bbpilipinasofficial to today. 🙏 Philippines, you have endlessly inspired me, given me strength and support. I want nothing more than to bring pride to you and give my all to give the best Christmas gift ever to my country. 🇵🇭💛 Mahal kita, Philippines. Para sayo 'to. Stand by me prayer warriors, laban tayo. 🙏 Photography @bjpascual Styling @eldzsmejia Makeup @jellyeugenio Hair @hairbybrentsales
“Philippines, This is it. What an amazing journey this has been from day one back in January 2018 of announcing Binibining Pilipinas to today. Philippines, you have endlessly inspired me and given me strength and support. I want nothing more than to bring pride to you and give my all to give the best Christmas gift ever to my country. Mahal kita, Philippines. Para sayo ‘to. Stand by me prayer warriors, laban tayo,” Catriona said.
Top photo credit: Video grab from Miss Universe 2018 Youtube channel