IN PHOTOS: Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray's homecoming parade


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MANILA, Philippines – Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is back and she was welcomed by a huge crowd of Filipinos for her homecoming parade. And because one isn't enough, the beauty queen will have two grand parades.

The fourth Filipino Miss Universe arrived last February 16, followed by a media conference hosted by the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. and Miss Universe.

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray's homecoming parade
The Queen is back! Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Reynold Prudencio Peña

Catriona's parade kicked off today, February 21 as she went around the Pasay-Manila-Makati route starting from Sofitel Hotel in Pasay.

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray's homecoming parade
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray waves at the crowd | Photo Courtesy: Twitter/PNA Avito Dalan

On February 23, she will have another homecoming parade at the Araneta Center.

For her parade today, the beauty queen looked beautiful in a intricately-beaded terno. The designer Mak Tumang explained that Catriona's homecoming outfit is inspired by Philippines’ national flower- the Sampaguita.

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray's homecoming parade
Catriona’s homecoming “Sampaguita-inspired” terno | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Reynold Prudencio Peña

Following her Mayon gown, Catriona rode a “Mayon-inspired” float designed by artist Fritz Silorio, who was also responsible for Pia Wurtzbach's float in 2015.

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray's homecoming parade
Catriona’s homecoming float is inspired by Mayon and showed off the Mikimoto crown | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Reynold Prudencio Peña

Despite the heat, our very own Miss Universe waved and smiled as throng of well wishers cheered for her. A band and few dancers followed the float to give the parade a more festive vibe.

The crowd gave their smiles and cheers, while some even waved banners and wrote messages for Catriona as her motorcade passed by.

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray's homecoming parade
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is greeted by fans and supporters | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Reynold Prudencio Peña

On February 24, Catriona will celebrate at the “Raise Your Flag” event at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. She will meet her fans along with other Filipino celebrities and previous queens Gloria Diaz, Margie Moran and Pia Wurtzbach.

— Sally, The Summit Express


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