Catriona Gray, bet ng mga national director sa Miss Universe 2018 prelims

Alas-kuwatro ng umaga ang calltime bukas para sa mga miyembro ng media na assigned sa live coverage ng 67th Miss Universe na magaganap sa Impact Arena Bangkok, ang pinakamalaking exhibition at convention center sa Thailand.

Eleven thousand ang seating capacity ng Impact Arena na pinagdausan din ng 54th edition ng Miss Universe noong May 31, 2005 na pinanood namin kaya alas-seis pa lang nang umaga, nagpunta na kami sa venue dahil eksaktong 8:00 am ang umpisa ng coronation show.

Ang controversial American television host na si Billy Bush ang emcee ng Miss Universe 2005 at si Natalie Glebova ng Canada ang winner.

Si Gionna Cabrera ang official representative ng Pilipinas noong taong iyon, pero hindi siya pinalad na makapasok sa Top 15 candidates.

Bukas, sa ika-apat na pagkakataon, si Steve Harvey muli ang host ng 67th Miss Universe at si Catriona Gray na malaki ang tsansa na magkaroon ng puwesto ang official delegate ng ating bansa.

Ang American singer at actor na si Ne-Yo ang invited performer sa pinakaabangan sna international beauty pageant.

Lumipad sa Bangkok ang TV5 entertainment reporter na si MJ Marfori para i-cover ang final show ng Miss Universe.

IMAGE MJ Marfori Instagram

Nag-check in si MJ sa Novotel Impact, ang nag-iisang hotel sa area ng Impact Arena para hindi na siya ma-harrass sa maaga na calltime.

Pinili ni MJ na mag-cover sa press room ng Miss Universe pero puwedeng pumasok sa loob ng Impact Arena ang mga reporter na may hawak na tickets.

Sa brief conversation namin kay MJ ngayong gabi, ikinuwento niya na pinakamagaling si Catriona sa 95 official candidates ng Miss Universe 2018.

“Sana manalo siya kasi pati ang mga national director dito [Thailand], sa kanya pinaka-nagagalingan.

“Magaling talaga si Catriona. She’s overprepared but she’s not overconfident.

“Magaling talaga siya, hindi matatawaran.

“She has so much to say and she’s so natural.

“Siya ang pinakamagaling,” ang “unbiased “ observation ni MJ dahil may karapatan talaga si Catriona na mapanalunan ang korona at titulo.

Walang pahinga si MJ sa Bangkok dahil nakatutok siya sa rehearsals at ibang activities ng mga contestant ng Miss Universe.

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