Miss Philippines-World 2016 Catriona Gray crowned as Binibining Pilipinas 2018

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  • Miss Philippines-World 2016 Catriona Gray was crowned as Binibining Pilipinas 2018
  • Gray was the Philippines’ representative during the Miss World 2016 where she placed in the Top 5
  • Gray took home a total of five special awards during the pageant

Miss Philippines-World 2016 Catriona Gray was crowned as Binibining Pilipinas 2018.

On Twitter, Bb. Pilipinas announced that Gray is set to compete for the Miss Universe 2018 title.

“Our 2018 Miss Universe Philippines is #Binibini20, Catriona Gray,” it tweeted.

Gray took home a total of five special awards during the pageant: the Pitoy Moreno Best in National Costume Award, the Miss Ever Bilena, the Jag Denim Queen, the Best in Swimsuit, and the Best in Long Gown.

Miss World 2016 journey

Gray represented the Philippines in the Miss World 2016 pageant where she placed in the Top 5; won Multimedia Award, placed second in Talent, and cited as among the top 5 finalist in the Beauty with a Purpose project.

In an Instagram post after the Miss World 2016 pageant, Gray assured her supporters that she is okay despite not winning the Miss World 2016 crown as she believes that God has a better plan for her.

“The question most of you are asking is if I’m okay and I can securely say that I am. Miss World was never just a beauty contest to me. The crown represented a journey, one that grew from being an independent endeavor to one that became more than me. A journey that rallied the support of my countrymen. A journey that forced me to look into myself and discover what I was made of. A journey that found its heart in the children in one of the poorest slums in my country. Yes, the crown represented a journey… until I realized that the journey could continue and exist without it. I truly believe that God always knows what’s best and I trust in his plan and perfect timing,” she expressed.

She said she is happy that her advocacy made it to the Top 5 of Miss World’s Beauty with a Purpose.

“One of the happiest moments was when the Top 5 of Beauty with a Purpose was announced, meaning that MWO (Miss World Organization) would visit and support the advocacies and the Philippines was called,” she wrote. “I was a mess of emotion because being able to have the work that Young Focus in Manila is doing acknowledged was so gratifying,” she wrote.

Hello my loving fans, supporters and friends. ??? How is everyone? The question most of you are asking is if I'm okay and I can securely say that I am. ? Miss World was never just a beauty contest to me. The crown represented a journey, one that grew from being an independent endeavor to one that became more than me. A journey that rallied the support and love of my countrymen. A journey that forced me to look into myself and discover what I was made of. A journey that found its heart in the children in one of the poorest slums of my country. Yes, the crown represented a journey…until I realized that the journey could continue and exist without it. I truly believe that God always knows what's best and I trust in his plan and perfect timing. One of the happiest moments was when the top 5 of Beauty with a Purpose was announced, meaning that MWO would visit and support the advocacies and the PHILIPPINES was called. I was a mess of emotion because being able to have the work that Young Focus in Manila is doing acknowledged was so gratifying. On my official FB page I have uploaded my BWAP video. Please share to raise awareness along with the donation information below so that we can continue fighting…not for a title but for the betterment of the lives of our countries children. ?? So with that I want to say Maraming Salamat Po to my tireless supporters, you gave up your time and effort to vote or comment and participate in this journey. Your passion and drive has been so inspiring. Thank you to everyone who has left me comments, approached me in person since the announcement to show me their admiration and kind words and my loving family, you've lifted my spirits. Where will the journey take me next? That's yet to be discovered but I am honored to have been able to represent my country on the world stage, to capture hearts all around the world and to make you all proud. Keep your torches burning. Mine is burning stronger than ever. Your Miss World Philippines, Catriona

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