Nagbigay ng phayag ang kandidata ng Pilipinas sa Miss Universe 2018 pageant tungkol sa kontrobersiyang kinasangkutan ng ilang kandidata.
Nagsimula ang isyu sa isang recent Instagram Live post na ginawa ni Miss Colombia Valeria Morales, kung saan mapapanood siyang nakikipag-usap kina Miss USA Sarah Summers na nagbibigay ng kanyang komento tungkol sa limitasyon sa wikang Ingles ng kapwa contestants nilang sina Miss Cambodia Nat Rern at Miss Vietnam H’Hen Nie.
Kasama rin nina Miss Colombia at Miss USA sa nasabing video si Miss Australia Francesca Hung.
Sa panayam ng TV5 reporter na si MJ Marfori kay Catriona kanina, December 16, humiling ito sa mga netizens na huwag agad husgahan ang kanyang mga kapwa kandidata dahil lamang sa nasabing video.
Aniya, "When I've seen the girls interact with each other, I've seen no trace of discrimination, of anything negative.
"In fact, when I see the girls interact, they've become like a whole group of friends.
"And even though those things that arise online, I mean, in real life, it's not that way at all."
Dagdag pa ni Catriona, "I want to tell people, you know, don't base your judgement over one thing.
"You see a small moment but that doesn't need to define someone's relationship or someone's friendship.
"It can be taken out of context, perhaps it was said in a certain way, but you should never define the whole standing or their relationship or the whole situation in that one glimpse."
Hindi nakausap ni Catriona ang mga kandidatang nasangkot sa nasabing isyu, ngunit base sa kanyang obserbasyon, maayos ang pakikitungo nila sa isa't isa.
Paglinaw niya, "We're in big groups and I see them together.
"I see them sitting next to each other being friends and being whatever-whatever.
"So I wouldn't even know if there was a controversy if I wasn't made aware of it. Like, there was no sign whatsoever."
Samantala, ngayong nalalapit na ang grand coronation ng Miss Universe 2018, tinanong ni MJ si Catriona kung ano ang kanyang most memorable moment sa naturang pageant.
Sagot ng 24-year-old beauty queen, "It would just have to be the support.
''People have asked me this and every time I go back to it.
"You know, even when I announced being a candidate for Binibini, the support just rushed in and it's just surrounded me ever since.
"And wow, what an amazing feeling! What an amazing honor to pursue this journey, to go and represent my country and to be so well supported while doing it!
"I know a lot of candidates can't say the same thing, and you know, it's just made this journey incredibly fulfilling for me.
"To be able to do the work that I do, to be able to reach people the way that I have, whether it'd be through my advocacy or through patriotism, through the national costume, you know.
"It's made this journey so much more than me and that for me is fulfilling."
Bukas ng umaga, December 17, ipapasa ng reigning Miss Universe na si Demi Leigh Nel-Peters ang korona sa kanyang successor sa grand coronation ng pageant na gaganapin sa IMPACT Arena sa Bangkok, Thailand.