Usap-usapan ngayon na si Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray ang isa sa frontrunners sa 67th Miss Universe.
Pinag-usapan din nang husto ang kanyang national costume kung saan ipinakita niya ang sining at kultura ng buong Pilipinas.
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LUZVIMINDA: "Magdiwang. Lumaban. Pagyamanin." ????????? LUZON-- MAGDIWANG" (Celebrate): The island group of LUZON is represented by the world-renowned "PAROL/CHRISTMAS LANTERN" from the province of Pampanga with a BRASS BORDER designed and made in Apalit, Pampanga (inspired by designs from the Philippine Baroque Churches that were declared as UNESCO Heritage Sites) At the back of the PAROL is a PAINTING with INSCRIPTION of the lyrics from "LUPANG HINIRANG", the Philippines’ National Anthem written in Baybayin (Ancient Filipino Alphabet) that literally translates to: "Lupang hinirang, Duyan ka ng magiting, Sa manlulupig Di ka pasisiil. Sa dagat at bundok, Sa simoy at sa langit mong bughaw." The PAINTING also highlighted victories, festivals, events, heroes and national icons with a style inspired by the works of Philippine National Artist Carlos "Botong" Francisco, a native of the Art Capital of the Philippines, Angono, Rizal in Luzon. VISAYAS--LUMABAN" (Fight): The island group of VISAYAS is represented by a body suit with authentic "tattoo designs" embellished with crystals derived from patterns used by the "PINTADOS" who are indigenous peoples found in various islands in this part of the Philippines. The tattoo patterns are authentic and based from the manusript "BOXER CODEX" written in 1590. The tattoos represent an individual’s journey and a public testimony recounting acts of combat, bravery, and strength, that perfectly represents the courageous and resilient Filipino spirit amidst trials we face in this day and age. MINDANAO-- “PAGYAMANIN" (Enrich): The island group of MINDANAO is represented by an authentic "HEADPIECE & BRASS ACCESSORIES" from the province of South Cotabato and customized KNEE-HIGH BOOTS with embroidered designs inspired by different indigenous textile patterns from the southern part of the Philippines, namely: Inaul, Yakan, Maranao, B'laan, Bagobo, Tausug and T'nalak. The woven textiles express a strong belief in "ancestral and natural spirits" and "cultural roots" of indigenous communities that remain well-preserved up to this day. Pilipinas, para sa iyo ang lahat ng ito. ???????? @missuniverse ???? @benjaminaskinas
Lalo namang hinangaan ng mga Pilipino ang ating pambato sa taunang international beauty pageant dahil sa kanyang viral videos na nagpapakita ng kagandahan at pagiging positibo ng mga Pinoy mula Luzon...
... hanggang sa Mindanao.
Ayon kay Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat, natutuwa siya na personal na nagtungo sa kanilang tanggapan ang beauty queen upang humingi ng tulong sa kanila.
Lahad ni Secretary Berna, “We actually... she went to my office, we accompanied her.
"She asked help to go around Intramuros, Luneta, and Rizal Park, and Yolanda, Leyte.
"So we helped her with that.
“In fact, yung mga nag-video sa kanya even thanked the DOT kasi we helped her go around the country.
“And we are so amazed kasi siya yung lumapit sa amin to ask help, kasi she really wants, e, to showcase the culture of the country.”
Gaganapin ang grand coronation ng 67th Miss Universe sa Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok, Thailand, sa Lunes, December 17 (Philippine time).
Kahit isa siya sa early favorites, tiniyak ni Catriona na hindi siya nagiging kampante.
Sa panayam niya sa programang Bottomline bago siya lumipad papuntang Thailand, sinabi ni Catriona, “I would never consider myself a sure-win because I don't have that kind of head on my shoulders.
"I always see that it's never a walk in the park.”