Catriona Gray is "so excited" for the new batch of Binibining Pilipinas queens.
"I didn't follow closely along with the batch, but seeing how they performed on Sunday, I have great faith in the teams here and the passionate Filipinos that we have here that are able to support and mold our girls that I'm sure that we will do great," the reigning Miss Universe told the press on June 14 after her latest endorsement event in Rockwell, Makati.
Last June 9, 2019, six Binibining Pilipinas candidates were crowned as this year's new set of queens: Bea Patricia Magtanong is Bb. Pilipinas International 2019, Resham Ramirez Saeed is Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2019, Emma Mary Tiglao is Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2019, Samantha Lo is Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2019, Leren Mae Bautista is Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2019, and Gazini Ganados is Miss Universe Philippines 2019.
Catriona had a backstage moment with the winners, and she referred to Gazini as "the sweetest girl."
The current Miss Universe titleholder said, "She was so sweet. She was so sweet. When I met her backstage and the winners circle, she was like, 'Oh my gosh Cat, I'm so overwhelmed that this has happened!'
"She was the sweetest girl, and I wish her nothing but the best."
Understanding the kind of pressure Gazini is currently facing, Catriona wants to show her full support to her successor.
The beauty queen-endorser continued, "That's what a queen's role is for me. You're a part of the sisterhood.
"Although I am the reigning Miss Universe, if there is a piece of advice that I can give her—because there is a lot of pressure and I can understand that. If there is any small advice that I can give her, I'm more than willing."
One of the memorable highlights from the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 coronation night was Catriona's heartfelt farewell walk and farewell message.
"It was really an emotional moment for me," the 25-year-old beauty queen said, recalling that night.
"The weeks going up to it, I was like, I don't know what I want to say because I was thinking about it so much and so much has happened in this journey. How do you put it in that amount of time?
"But the message I gave really was from my heart. It was what I really wanted to share, and to see that it touched so many people was really overwhelming."