Australian newspaper claims Catriona Gray is Miss Universe ‘Queensland’ not Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – Some Australian media outlets have taken pride in Catriona Gray's Miss Universe win and had raised a debate online.

Not only did Catriona won the coveted Miss Universe crown, she also won the hearts of many, including the Australians. An Australian publication, “The Courier Mail” had the Fil-Aussie beauty queen in the front page. Much to the dismay of some Filipinos, the headline had crossed out the word 'Philippines’ and named Catriona as, “Miss Universe Queensland.”

Australian newspaper claims Catriona Gray is Miss Universe ‘Queensland’ not Philippines
A heated discussion has started. What are your thoughts?

On another Australian website’s radio station “Hit!”had a milder approach. They also stated how Australian Catriona really is. An article about the newly crowned Miss Universe had a title, “An Australian Girl Just Won Miss Universe But She Wasn’t Miss Australia.”

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In the article they talked about Catriona stating, “Catriona was born in Cairns, Queensland to a Scottish-born father and a Filipino mother. After attending school in Queensland, she moved to Manila to work as a model.”

“So while she is most definitely Filipino, she's also Australian!" the Australian website stated.

The radio website also mentioned Miss Australia, Francesca Hung, who made it into the semi-finals of the pageant. They stated, “We're so proud of our Aussie girls!”

On Facebook, “PGAG” page posted screenshots of the articles and stated, “Some Australians want a piece of the Ms. Universe win, too? What do you think? To be fair, Catriona Gray grew up in Australia.”

With over 18,000 shares on Facebook, a heated discussion started. Some netizens have slammed Australia for trying to take credit for the Philippines’ win. Some specifically took offense over the crossing out of the word “Philippines” and replacing it Queensland.

Netizen Marion Diaz wrote, “She’s half Australian and grew up here so yes they can share the victory as well but to cross out the name of the country that clearly supported her, with the FILIPINO team that trained her, and the FILIPINO fans that prayed, cheered and rooted for her since her Miss World days and her unfortunate loss, I think it’s rude to cross it out and claim sole victory.”

Other were more understanding stating that there's nothing with sharing the honor since Catriona was indeed born and raised in Australia. Netizen Lora Phill De Leon wrote, “That's okay. We always do that too like Bruno Mars, Nicole Scherzinger etc.. Let them celebrate with us. Malaking ambag nila sa paglaki ni Catriona di maging ganyan itsura at accent nyan kung wala sila mga ipokrita.”
Meanwhile, Catriona has been proud and clear of her love for the Philippines. On her social media accounts, she wrote, “Philippines, what an amazing honor it has been to carry your name across my chest and to embody you in all aspects. I may now carry the sash of Miss Universe, but I'll forever be your Miss Philippines.”

Just a night before the Miss Universe coronation night, Catriona wrote, “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.”

— Sally, The Summit Express

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