(Photo) Wikipedia File: Mioss Universe 2018 TV Photographers by Peak Hora
Catriona Gray, made history by becoming the first Filipi- na-Australian to win both Miss World Philippines in 2016 missing the crown but still landing 1st runner up only to reclaim a much-deserved bigger title as Miss Universe Philippines and recently bagging the stiffly contested 2018 Miss Universe crown.
Ms Gray truly made the entire Philippines proud when she sashayed on the global stage and showcased the genu- ine qualities defining a Filipina beauty: confidence, grace, intelligence and strength in the face of tough challenges,” Duterte said in a statement from the presidential palace.
This is the 4th global honour for the Philippines, re- echoing the Gloria Diaz (1969) and Margie Moran (1993) two in a close row win what with Pia Wurtzbach figuring prominently in 2015 after a long 42 years wait and followed closely by Catriona Gray only 3 years after.
“In her success, Miss Philippines has shown to the world that women in our country have the ability to turn dreams into reality through passion, diligence, determination and hard work.”
President Duterte’s congratulatory letter sums up what everyone feels for our latest queen.
Filo-Aussies are happily reminded that Ms. Gray first captured our hearts as the Little Miss Philippines in 1999 where she then competed in the famous “Eat Bulaga” TV show competition of the same title representing the Filo community in Australia.