CATRIONA ELISA GRAY or ‘Cat’ as her fans call her, emerged the brightest star tonight as she was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2018, definitely the most-coveted crown in the line up of six crowns and titles, and chances to represent the Philippines in the international arena.
Despite some doubts from the other camps, Catriona, who chose to leave Aces and Queens is now independent, was the obvious choice. Looking at her performance the whole night, she’s the lady we’ve been looking for to represent us next in the Miss Universe pageant, the most favorite pageant among Filipino pageant fans. With this victory, Catriona became the first Filipina to win two major local crowns. She first won Miss World Philippines in 2016, and represented the country in the Miss World 2016 pageant wherein she finished in the Top 5.
Not only a crowd favorite, Catriona proved to be the sexiest tonight, bagging the Best in Swimsuit award. While the best bod may bring her instant focus, it was her performance during the evening gown competition that made her the queen we’ve been waiting to arrive. Regal and queenly, Catriona bagged the Best in Evening Gown award too in addition to three more special awards, including the Pitoy Moreno Best in National Costume Award, Miss Ever Bilena, and Jag Denim Queen.
Being part of the 15 semi-finalists, and outshining the other 14 candidates during the question and answer portion was expected but we never knew it would be that easy and sassy and full of hearts. Her answer-message to the children of the war-torn Marawi elevated her to the highest status a beauty queen could be in.
Catriona Gray is not not merely intellectual and pretty. Her heart is full of love, compassion, and everything beautiful worthy of a crown.
But while we celebrate with her fans for the win, we’d also like to congratulate the other winners. Among them is our lovely Palaweño beauty Samantha Mae Bernardo who placed second runner-up.
Binibining Pilipinas 2018 List of Winners:
Binibining Pilipinas 2018: #20 Catriona Gray
Binibining Pilipinas International 2018 – #17 Maria Ahtisa Manalo
Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2018 – #31 Jehza Mae Huelar
Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2018 – #32 Eva Psychee Patalinjug
Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental 2018 – #38 Karen Gallman
Binibining Pilipinas Globe 2018 – #19 Michele Gumabao
First Runner-Up – Vickie Marie Rushton
Second Runner-Up – Samantha Mae Bernardo
Five out of our top eight bets to win made it to the Top 8. Two of the most favorite girls to win, Maria Andrea ‘Aya’ Abesamis and Muriel Orais did not advance to the winner’s circle probably because of the poor performance during the question and answer portion. Patrizia Mariah Garcia however did not make it to the Top 15 semi-finalist.
Pitoy Moreno Best in National Costume: Catriona Gray
Miss Ever Belina: Catriona Gray
Jag Denime Queen: Catriona Gray
Manila Bulletin Reader’s Choice Award: Samantha Mae Bernardo
Binibini Friendship: Marie Sherry Ann Tormes
Binibini Best in Talent: Marie Sherry Ann Tormes
Binibini Photogenic: Eva Psychee Patalinjug
Binibini Philippine Airlines: Mariel Orais
Best in Swimsuit: Catriona Gray
Best in Long Gown: Catriona Gray
Miss Creamsilk: Michele Gumabao
The judges that selected the winners include: Edgar Saavedra (Megawide Corp.), Mike Brown (Novotel Manila General Manager), Gerald Anderson (Actor), Alyssa Valdez (Athlete), Martin Lopez (ABS-CBN Entertainment), Thirdy Ravena (Athlete), Victor Echiverri (Colombian Ambassador to the Philippines), Precious Lara Quigaman (Miss International 2005), Ces Drilon (Broadcaster), and Sung Yong Kim (US Ambassador to the Philippines).
See you at the Miss Universe pageant, folks! Oh yeah, see you in all major pageants to cheer for our Filipina queens! Goodnight!