The new Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray took to Instagram her expression of gratefulness to her supporters who believed that she can represent the country again in a prestigious beauty pageant.
The caption of Catriona’s Instagram post goes:
After months of preparation and guidance and prayers, I kept waiting for a wave of nerves to hit me but it never came. Maybe it was God’s gift to me that night, or maybe I just knew I had done everything to be ready, now it was just time for me to enjoy and have fun.
Just to think that Im going to be able to say Catriona Gray,,,PHILIPPINES gives me the chills all over again. 😭✨💙🇵🇭🙏 How do I begin to thank all of the beautiful souls who have been so generous and kind with their time, effort and resources? Truly, I would not have been able to realise this dream without you all.
To Madam SMA and BPCI executive committee thank you for this once in a lifetime oppertunity. To Sir Gines, Ms Liliana, Ate Jems, Kuya Jun and the rest of the black boys of BBP, thank you for an amazing experience over these last few weeks and for looking after me and all of my sisters! 👯❤️
To my angels who have dedicated their passion to training me but wish to be anonymous, you have transformed my stage performance. Thank you to the moon and back for all of your time, effort and especially friendship. ❤️
To kuya @ton_lao, @harleybarleyy and @bragaisjojo for taking me under your wing. To be surrounded by amazing people like you through the craziness that has been this competition has been both reassuring and uplifting.
To mamang @hairbybrentsales, @jellyeugenio @memayfrancisco, @momoisupe and @mimsqiu for making me glow throughout the competition. ✨✨✨
To @jearsond and @maktumang what an amazing experience it is to collaborate with such talented artists!!! Thank you for your amazing talent and making me feel like a queen. 👑
To my family, my love @clintbondad and my friends for always being there to support me and give me strength. Special shout out to my sister @sandralemonon who kept me sane throughout.
Lastly to my #Catrionians what an amazing journey we’ve been on. Through the highs and lows you’ve never left my side. For your love, dedication and ceaseless support…I’m am forever grateful that you’ve chosen me as your queen.
This is all for you. Let’s do this. 👑✨🇵🇭💙♥️💛 Love your Miss Universe Philippines, 2018. (Ayyyy, 😭😭😭😭😭 )
Aside from winning the most prestigious Miss Universe Philippines 2018 title, Catriona also won a handful of major special awards like Best in Swimsuit, Best in Evening Gown and Best in National Costume:
Catriona represented the Philippines in Miss World 2016 where she placed in the Top 5. Pageant experts believed she’s the most deserving to win the crown that year based from her overall performance and her non-winning even runner-up honors raised a question to the credibility of the London-based beauty pageant.
Watch Catriona’s full performance in Bb. Pilipinas 2018: