With the coronation of her successor just around the corner, reigning Miss Universe Catriona Gray on Monday released a retrospective of her journey towards becoming the fourth Filipina titlist of the international pageant.
On her social media accounts, Gray shared with followers “Maghanda,” a video compiling her training and preparation for the 2018 competition.
Gray can be heard narrating the experience, recalling fondly her visits to different parts of the Philippines for cultural immersion, and her activities related to her advocacy for children’s education.
The beauty queen also looked back on the inspiration behind her national costume, as well as her preliminary and coronation gowns.
“This pursuit was never about carrying my own name on a sash across my chest. It was about carrying my beloved Philippines every step of the way. I carried my nation as they carried me,” Gray said.
Referring to her coronation on December 17 in Bangkok, Gray said: “One Filipina’s dream came true. But the crown isn’t the greatest honor of my life.
It was in bringing pride to my country of the Philippines that remains to be my greatest honor and my crowning glory.”
Gray will crown her successor on December 8 in Atlanta.
The Philippines’ 2019 representative, Gazini Ganados, is hoping to claim a back-to-back win for the country, and its fifth crown overall, after Gray’s reign.
Should Ganados achieve the feat, the Philippines will become only the second country to have back-to-back winning representatives in Miss Universe, after the Venezuela’s 2008 and 2009 reigns.
Catriona is set to crown her successor at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on December 8. The Philippines' bet this year, Gazini Ganados, hopes to become the country's 5th Miss Universe titleholder.