Meet Your Miss Universe 2018: Miss Philippines – Catriona Gray

In the final, Catriona Gray wore a shiny red dress, and she said the reason for wearing the red dress, according to Catriona Gray: When I was 13, my mum told me "Honey, I dreamt of you winning miss universe in a red dress." At that time I thought nothing of it, and today my mother's dream came true.

The 24-year-old Catriona Gray is known to spontaneously burst into song, which is most likely due to her love of the arts and her Master Certificate in Music Theory. Catriona is an HIV/AIDS advocate at Love Yourself PH, and volunteers as a Teacher's Assistant to the students of Young Focus NGO.

The outstanding performance of Catriona Gray makes the entire Philippines proud.  The office of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was quick to congratulate the winner. Gray is the 4th Filipina to be named Miss Universe.
"Ms. Gray truly made the entire Philippines proud when she sashayed on the global stage and showcased the genuine qualities defining a Filipina beauty: confidence, grace, intelligence and strength in the face of tough challenges", he said in a statement from the presidential palace. "In her success, Miss Philippines has shown to the world that women in our country have the ability to turn dreams into reality through passion, diligence, determination and hard work."

In the Miss Universe 2018 Competitionr, Cationa Gray's initial gown was inspired by 'Ibong Adarna': a prominent Filipino folklore that is a mythologicalnous bird. Story goes, the Ibong Adarna's enchanting voice can enable complete healing to anyone who hears it. Some artists liken it to the mythological Phoenix where it recurrently regenerates itself by arising amidst a spectacle of flames and candescence. This makes it a fitting symbol of resilience, rising and rebirth. Her earrings were designed by herself and executed by Tessera Jewelry as another ode to the Philippines with the Philippine sun and golden national gem south sea pearls.

Catriona Gray wore the ancient Visayan tattoos documented by the 16th-century Boxer Codex. She captured the thousands of years history and heritage of the Filipino people.

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