Is Catriona Gray attending Miss Universe PH 2022 coronation night?

by Nikko Tuazon
Apr 10, 2022
Catriona Gray
In an interview last Tuesday, April 5, 2022, Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray confirms receiving an invitation to the Miss Universe Philippines 2022 grand coronation night scheduled on April 30, 2022, at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
PHOTO/S: @catrionagray on Instagram

Apat na Miss Universe titleholders ang dadalo sa grand coronation night ng Miss Universe Philippines 2022 pageant na gaganapin sa SM Mall of Asia Arena sa April 30, 2022.

Kabilang dito sina Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere, at Miss Universe 2019 Demi Leigh Nel-Peters na magsisilbing host ng nasabing event.

Kumpirmado na ring ang pagdating ng reigning Miss Universe na si Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu na mapapabilang naman sa judging panel sa grand coronation night kung saan ipapasa ni Beatrice Luigi Gomez ang kanyang titulo bilang Miss Universe Philippines.

Sa pagsasama-sama ng mga nasabing beauty queens, inaasahan ng mga Pinoy pageant fans na dadalo rin si Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray.

Nitong Martes, April 5, 2022, kinumpirma ni Catriona sa panayam ng press, kabilang ang PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), na nakuha nito ang imbitasyon mula sa Miss Universe Philippines Organization.

"I am not sure, I do believe I just received an invitation yesterday with my management," sabi ni Catriona matapos ang virtual press launch nito para sa Myra E #BeautyNgEmmunity.

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Hindi man sigurado sa kanyang pagdalo sa Miss Universe Philippines 2022 grand coronation night, looking forward pa rin si Catriona na makasama ang kanyang fellow Miss Universe titleholders sa nasabing event.

Patuloy nito, "Hopefully, I would love to be there if it doesn’t coincide with any other schedule because yeah, I think it would be great that Miss Universe is coming here, Haraanz.

"And I would love to meet her in person. Of course, Iris and Demi who I’ve met previously as well, will be here so that would be great if we could all be together."

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MORE CHALLENGING?

Tila mas challenging ang bagong format ng Miss Universe Philippines pageant dahil sa mga online video challenges na kailangang gawin ng mga aspiring candidates bago mapabilang sa mga kandidatang sasabak sa preliminary round ng nasabing pageant.

Sumabak ang Top 50 candidates ng Miss Universe Philippines 2022 sa walong online photo and video challenges: Headshot; Introduction; Swimsuit; Fashion and Runway; Casting Video; and Interview.

Napili ang Top 30 candidates mula sa pinagsamang public votes at judges' scores sa nasabing challenges. Dalawang kandidata naman ang napabilang sa final list of candidates matapos nilang manalo bilang Kumunity's choice and Kumu's choice.

Opisyal na ipinakilala ang Top 32 candidates sa press nitong nakaraang Sabado, April 9, 2022.

Sa puntong ito, inalaala ni Catriona ang mga aspiring candidates na wala masyadong budget para sa online photo and video challenges.

Aniya, "I think the thing that, I guess, concerns me a little bit is now that it’s all online...

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"And there are all these challenges that the contestants are required to participate in, of course, you have those contestants that have the resources that have teams of photographers they can easily approach...

"Or have the money to spend on creating beautiful content for these challenges.

"But, I guess, my thought is, what about those from maybe the province or those that aren’t necessarily financially well-off that can really splurge that type of money at this time to really produce beautiful content?

"Does that affect their chances of doing well in the competition?"

Paglilinaw naman ni Catriona, hindi nito alam ang buong proseso sa likod ng mga online challenges.

Ngunit napansin ng 28-year-old beauty queen na maaring magkaroon agad ng advantage ang mga may kayang kandidata na makagawa ng dekalidad na photo at video content para sa mga challenges.

"I don’t really understand the way the mechanisms of how will these challenges actually build-up to the result on the final night.

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"But I’m always concerned about that because I really believe in people being on equal footing and having equal opportunity to really be at their best.

"And I could be wrong in that [maybe] the actual orgs give out monetary values to these girls to be able to produce their content.

"I don’t have the knowledge of that but that’s always my thought with these online challenges.

"I would love it if each and every one of them got the opportunity to work with beautiful camera teams and have, you know, beautiful dresses and everything.

"But I know that’s not the reality for everyone. But I could be wrong, they could be given a supplement for that so yeah, that’s just my concern."

Dagdag pa nito, "I think it’s great to encourage the participation of the public but then again, it comes with the mindfulness of like what we’re putting out there in terms of comments and feedback for these young girls.

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"Hopefully, we’re just lifting them up and encouraging them instead of, you know, detracting for them or bashing them or criticizing them."

ADVICE TO CONTESTANTS

Nagbigay naman ng advice si Catriona sa mga contestants na nagnanais na maging susunod na Miss Universe Philippines titleholder.

Hinihikayat ni Catriona ang mga ito na mag-focus lang sa kanilang personal journey sa Miss Universe Philippines pageant at huwag silang magpapaapekto sa mga negatibong komento.

Paliwanag ni Catriona, "Because I really think, nowadays, with the pageant mainly residing within social media, there is such a huge participation in the general public when it comes to commentating or making comments...

"Or participating within the pageant which is now existing majorly online.

"With that, though, comes a lot of voices telling you what your journey should look like or what your image should look like or your walk or your branding, etcetera, etcetera.

Patuloy nito, "At the end of the day, I’m such a huge believer that you do represent your country but you also represent who you are because you’re the one up on that stage, you’re speaking from your knowledge, your experiences.

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"You might as well make the journey your own, so that’s what I would encourage them.

"And I know that lots of people compare me, my journey, what it looks like. I mean, that would be unique to me, and I would love to see our candidates embrace what is unique to them, their journey to be unique to them."

Kung siya naman ay mabibigyan ng pagkakataong maging judge, mas bibigyang pansin daw ni Catriona ang socio-civic involvement o advocacy ng mga aspiring queens.

"If I were given the chance to evaluate or even judge a candidate, I would love to see… building up to the competition or even prior to the competition, seeing their involvement in the community.

"Because I honestly believe that that’s what beauty titlists should be.

"They should be role models or people who are using their influence within the community for something.

"That could be through, you know, raising their voice for something that they believe in or working with an NGO or a group that they feel needs more awareness or whatever it could be.

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"But I love seeing women who really use their platforms for others. And I feel like that’s what us, Miss Universe, do as our job.

"So that’s what I would love to see in the candidates even before the competition, to see how they utilize that platform.

"Because it would give me sort of a positive impression on how they would go on and use the platform of the title of Miss Universe."

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In an interview last Tuesday, April 5, 2022, Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray confirms receiving an invitation to the Miss Universe Philippines 2022 grand coronation night scheduled on April 30, 2022, at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
PHOTO/S: @catrionagray on Instagram
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