Catriona Gray crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2018

MANILA, Philippines - Congratulations to our newest queen of the universe!

Congratulations, Catriona Gray! The new Miss Universe Philippines
Congratulations, Catriona Gray! The new Miss Universe Philippines | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Bb. Pilipinas

Reining Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters, top 10 of the Miss Universe 2017 pageant, finally crowned Catriona Gray as her successor in the Bb. Pilipinas 2018 coronation night on Sunday, March 18 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Gray, 24, from Albay bested other 39 candidates to win the much-coveted title.

The fashion and commercial model won management contract, full scholarship package, 18 months free membership at Gold's Gym, among others.

Aside from the top title, she also won special awards such as best in swimsuit, best in long gown, Pitoy Moreno best in national costume, Miss Ever Bilena and Jag Denim Queen.


In the Question and Answer (Q&A) portion, Gray was asked: After the devastating war, Marawi is on its way to recovery. What is your message to the young women of Marawi?

"My message to the women were to be strong as women as the head of the household and we have amazing influence not only in our family as mothers, sisters and friends but also in our community. If we could get the women to stay strong and be that image of strength for the children and people around them, then once the rebuilding was complete, the moral of the community will stay strong and high," she answered.

Before joining Bb. Pilipinas this year, Gray was the country's representative to the Miss World pageant in 2016 where she finished in the top 5. She is also a singer and has done ramp and print modelling around Asia.

— The Summit Express

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