Catriona Gray is Miss Universe 2018!

by Bernie V. Franco
Dec 17, 2018
<p>PH bet Catriona Gray is hailed as the winner in the recently concluded Miss Universe 2018. </p>
PHOTO/S: @sashfactorinfo on Instagram

Miss Philippines Catriona Gray is Miss Universe 2018.

Catriona, 24, is the fourth Filipina to bag the Miss Universe Crown, following Pia Wurtzbach in 2015, Margie Moran in 1973, and Gloria Diaz in 1969.

Catriona was a crowd favorite in the 67th edition of the most prestigious beauty pageant worldwide held in Bangkok, Thailand, this Monday, December 17.

She consistently surfaced on social media. which picked up on her posts and memes, and registered well in mainstream media interviews here and abroad, for the duration of the pageant.

First Runner Up is Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green and Second Runner Up is Miss Venezuela Sthefany Gutierrez.

The pageant began with 94 candidates.

For the Top 3 finalists, the common question asked was: What was the most important lesson you've learned in your life and how would you apply it to your time as Miss Universe?

Catriona's response might have given her the final edge:

"I worked a lot in the slums of Tondo, Manila, and the life there is very... it's poor and it's very sad. And I've always taught myself to look for the beauty in it, to look in the beauty in the faces of the children, and to be grateful. And I would bring this aspect as a Miss Universe to see situations with a silver lining and to assess where I could give something, where I could provide something as a spokesperson, and this, I think, if I could teach also people to be grateful, we could have an amazing world where negativity could not grow and foster, and children would have a smile on their faces."

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