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Update Your Miss Universe

Trivia Knowledge With These

Quick Facts About Catriona

Gray

by Sherry Tadeja, December 20, 2018 6:36pm

Art by Jessa Malapit

Pop Culture

Update Your Miss Universe Trivia Knowledge With These Quick Facts About Catriona Gray

by Sherry Tadeja, December 20, 2018 6:36pm
Art by Jessa Malapit
 

Now that the crown is back once more in the country (since 2015!) it’s high time to get to know the fiery queen in the iconic lava-inspired gown, Catriona Gray. Here are some quick facts:

Catriona is the fourth Pinay to win Miss Universe

Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray (24) is the fourth Filipina to win Miss Universe. Her predecessors Filipina Miss Universe winners were Gloria Diaz (1969), Margie Moran (1973), and Pia Wurtzbach (2015).

 
 
 
 
 
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She's a beauty pageant titleholder as a child

Catriona is not new to the beauty pageant scene. She was actually Little Miss Philippines-Australia in 1999 in Eat Bulaga’s popular beauty pageant segment Little Miss Philippines.

 
 
 
 
 
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A multi-talented queen

Catriona is one heck of a singer, in fact, she was the lead singer of their jazz band back in school, participated in Miss Saigon and even attained a certificate in Music Theory from the Berklee College of Music (Boston). She’s also received a certificate in Outdoor Recreation and a black belt-holder in Chai Kwang-Do.

She advocates children's rights

The beauty queen is actually a part of an NGO called “Young Focus” who seeks to help children and the youth in the Smokey Mountain. Catriona started benefit concerts, social media movements and even connected with different organizations to partner with. Even her answer at the Miss Universe which highlights the children in Tondo, Manila is a reflection of her “beauty with a purpose” advocacy.

 
 
 
 
 
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Catriona's final look is inspired by the Mayon Volcano

Better known as the “lava gown” Catriona’s final look at the top 5 is a red-orange high slit gown that shows off her long legs. The piece was designed by Mak Tumang who took inspiration from the Mayon Volcano’s lava.

 
 
 
 
 
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Catriona followed her mother's dream

In an Instagram post, Catriona narrated how her mother dreamt of her win wearing the very same red dress. “Honey, I dreamt of you winning Miss Universe in a red dress,” later on this inspired her choosing the red hue for her final look.

 
 
 
 
 
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Catriona's look is an eye-candy contrast to Pia Wurtzbach's

Netizens were quick to react how Catriona’s “lava” gown is an eye-candy contrast to her Filipina Miss Universe predecessor Pia Wurtzbach who was known for her royal blue gown--supposedly making up the two primary colors of the Philippine flag.

 
 
 
 
 
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The Miss Universe prizes are truly for a queen

Catriona’s win is not just the title nor the fame but real prizes fit for a queen await her. She is expected to earn a year’s worth of salary from the Miss Universe, luxury accommodation in New York, and a year’s worth of shoes, bags, and wardrobe all taken care of.

 
 
 
 
 
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Congratulations, Catriona!

 

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