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