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Miss Philippines’ Catriona Gray is Miss Universe 2018

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, December 17th, 2018

 

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

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Panelo says Catriona Gray should be ‘educated’ on facts of criminal liability age bill

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, February 22nd, 2019

(L-R) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo and 2018 Ms. Universe, Catriona Gray

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo expressed his gratitude for the concern that 2018 Ms. Universe Catriona Gray has shown, when she stated that the government must focus on why children engage in crimes instead of lowering the age of criminal liability.

Panelo said that, like many Filipinos, Gray may have been misinformed about the facts of the bill that aims to lower the age of criminal liability to 12 years old.

Panelo agrees with Gray about focusing on the problem, which is what the government, he said, is actually doing by rehabilitating the minors.

“Sa batas nakalagay dun yung rehabilitation. Ang focus nga ay rehabilitation. So, you are solving precisely the problem why these people are engaged in crimes,” Panelo said.

He added, “Because the problem is, they engage in crimes. So, what will we do? We will have to rehabilitate them. Learn why they have committed such crimes. And then put them back to the society,” Spokesperson emphasized.

The Presidential Spokesperson said Gray should be educated on the facts of the said bill.

“She may have been misinformed of the facts, given that the opposition to the lowering comes from yung mga dating kritiko ng administrasyon,” Panelo said.

Panelo made the statement when asked about his reaction to Gray’s statement on Wednesday, February 20, at her homecoming press conference.

Ms. Gray has long been known for her advocacy for underprivileged Filipino children and being a supporter and volunteer of the non-profit organization “Young Focus Foundation” – Freema Salonga

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Catriona Gray wears Sampaguita-inspired outfit for homecoming parade

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Photo credit: Mak Tumang

MANILA, Philippines – Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray donned a jumpsuit terno for her grand homecoming parade in Metro Manila on Thursday.

Gray was onboard a majestic float inspired by her diamond-and-pearl-encrusted Mikimoto crown when she greeted her supporters along the parade route that passed by the cities of Pasay, Manila and Makati.

The Beauty queen wore a Sampaguita-inspired jumpsuit designed by Mak Tumang for her parade.

In a social media post, Tumang explained that Gray’s parade outfit, dubbed as “Sampaguita: A promise fulfilled,” was inspired by the Philippine national flower, Sampaguita.

“Legend has it that its etymology was derived from the Filipino words ‘sumpa kita’, which means ‘I promise you’. This ornamental flower is an inherent part of our landscape since time immemorial,” Tumang said in his Instagram post.

“Interestingly, this flower has a lot to do with the concept of ‘Coming Home’. You know you are home when its distinct sweet and aromatic fragrance tickles your olfactory sense. Moreover, the flowers are usually slung and made into leis which are used to welcome dignitaries or are being peddled in front of churches so as to become offerings,” he added.

Aside from sampaguita, Gray’s jumpsuit was also emblazoned with embroidery inspired by Anahaw.

Tumang said that “it is fitting that we welcome our Queen with Sampaguitas adorned with Anahaw – our national leaf. Catriona will wear this Philippine terno which is a ‘Callado’ (similar to Piña Barong) embroidered gown with stylized Panuelo and Mariposa sleeves.”

Despite the heat, Gray was all smiles as she waved to her supporters who went out to take a glimpse of her parade that started around 2 p.m. in Pasay City. The motorcade ended at Glorietta Shopping Center in EDSA around 6 p.m.

Several roads had been closed and a traffic rerouting scheme was implemented by the Makati City Government and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority to give way to the parade.

The closed roads were opened to the public after the motorcade. – Robie de Guzman (with reports from Mon Jocson)

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Filipino designer Mak Tumang eyed for dressing up next Miss Universe

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, January 4th, 2019

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

 

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