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Oh yes, I was jumping with joy when her name was announced. Catriona Gray, our own Miss Philippines won the Miss Universe crown for 2018. When she was included in the top five and they were given their own set of questions, I was sure she would bring home the crown. There were 94 countries  who participated.

I don’t normally watch local beauty pageants but since this is a Miss Universe competition, I braved two hours of being glued to the television.  Even before the Miss Universe pageant was held this morning, there were already positive feedback on Catriona Gray. She was even the best in the Swimsuit competition. She was really a standout from the start. The way she carried herself, the way she answered those questions,  the beauty, the charm, the lovely smile, grace and intelligence rolled into one. She is truly a bright beam and contrast to the dismal happenings and situations here in our country.

AP Photo – Miss Universe 2018

In her answer to the final question, Catriona said her experience working in the slums of Tondo, Manila taught her to see the beauty of children.

“I work a lot in the slums of Tondo, Manila and the life there is very poor, sad and I’ve always taught myself to look for the beauty in it, to look in the beauty of the children and be grateful. And I will bring this aspect as a Miss Universe to see situations with a silver lining and to assess where I could give something, where I could provide something as a spokesperson. And if I could teach people to be grateful, we can have an amazing world where negativity could not grow and foster and children will have smiles  on their faces”, she said.

This is the fourth crown the Philippines has won for Miss Universe. Back in December 20, 2015, Pia Wurtzbach, another Filipina beauty won for Miss Universe 2015.  Before that, Gloria Diaz won the title in 1969 followed by Margarita Moran in 1973. Magaganda talaga ang mga Filipina.

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