Binibini No. 20 Catriona Gray is the new Miss Universe-Philippines titleholder.
Hailing from Albay, Bicol, 24-year-old Catriona was crowned Miss Universe-Philippines 2018 at the Binibining Pilipinas 2018 coronation night held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Sunday night, March 18.
Besting 39 candidates, she will compete for the Miss Universe 2018 pageant following Rachel Peters’s stint last November 2017.
Catriona also bagged five other special awards including Best in Long Gown, Best in Swimsuit, Pitoy Moreno Best in National Costume, Jag Denim Queen, and Miss Ever Bilena.
A consistent crowd favorite, Catriona once brought pride to the country as Miss World-Philippines 2016 and was among the top five finalists in the Miss World 2016 pageant.
OTHER WINNING BINIBINIS. The rest of the winning beauty queens from Binibining Pilipinas 2018 are the following:
Bb. Pilipinas-International: Ma. Ahtisa Manalo
Bb. Pilipinas-Supranational: Jehza Huelar
Bb. Pilipinas-Intercontinental: Karen Gallman
Bb. Pilipinas-Grand International: Eva Patalinjug
Bb. Pilipinas-Globe: Michele Gumabao
All six Filipina beauties will be representing the Philippines this year in the next round of international pageants.
Meanwhile, Vickie Rushton finished first runner-up and Samantha Bernardo landed second runner-up.
SPECIAL AWARDS. Below is the complete list of special awards for the evening:
Best in Swimsuit: Catriona Gray
Best in Long Gown: Catriona Gray
Pitoy Moreno Best in National Costume: Catriona Gray
Miss Photogenic: Eva Patalinjug
Face of Binibini: Eva Patalinjug
Miss Talent: Marie Sherry Ann Tormes
Miss Friendship: Marie Sherry Ann Tormes
Jag Denim Queen: Catriona Gray
Miss Ever Bilena: Catriona Gray
Manila Bulletin Readers' Choice: Samantha Bernardo
Binibining Cream Silk: Michele Gumabao
Miss Philippine Airlines: Muriel Orais
The panel of judges for this year's pageant are Edgar Saavedra, Mike Brown, Gerald Anderson, Alyssa Valdez, Martin Lopez, Thirdy Ravena, Colombia ambassador Victor Echeverri, Precious Lara Quigaman, Ces Oreña-Drilon, U.S. ambassador Sung Yong Kim, Conchitina Sevilla-Bernardo, Besty Westendorp-Brias, Raymond Villanueva, and Stella Marquez-Araneta.