CROWNING CATRIONA GRAY as the Miss Universe Philippines 2018 should be a no-brainer. Yet, nothing is solid yet until it is announced at the finale of the grand coronation tonight to be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
I remember some two years ago, when she was not crowned Miss World 2016 won by Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle, we were among the legion of pageant fans devastated by the announcement. Catriona finished as part of the Top 5, and didn’t even placed on the Top 3, which spots were earned by Yaritza Reyes of the Dominican Republic and Natasha Mannuela of Indonesia.
We were among the people who wished for Catriona to join Binibining Pilipinas, and eventually win the Miss Universe Philippines crown, and battle it out once more, this time at the most popular pageant in the entire universe: the well-celebrated Miss Universe pageant. It is undeniable that Miss Universe day is considered a holiday for gay and gay-at-heart fans in the Philippines.
Catriona did not promise to join but it was to our surprise and delight that she signed up for the competition earlier this year. We all cheered for Catriona though some of the camps decided to choose another candidate, and bash her along the way.
The fact of the matter is, Catriona is the perfect candidate we have right now to win the next Miss Universe crown for the Philippines. While there are 39 other equally-beautiful hopefuls determined to get the Miss Universe Philippines 2018 crown, no one is at par with Catriona. They could just settle to the other available crowns and sashes. Miss International. Miss Supranational. Miss Globe. And others. It is Catriona Gray for the Miss Universe competition.
[Read about our Top 8 bets for the crown in this post.]
So as the hordes of fans and supporters horde the Araneta Coliseum tonight, may we give Catriona what she deserves. May we give the Filipino pageant fans not only the desires of their hearts but also the rightful candidate to represent them in the pageant they all love.
Do you hear them? Do you hear us?
See more stunning photos of Catriona in this post.