Is Catriona Gray, Miss Philippines or Miss Australia?

Is Catriona Gray, Miss Philippines or Miss Australia?

  • Catriona Gray clarified that she is Miss Philippines and does feel like she’s a Filipina.
  • She added that she doesn’t blame Australia’s excitement after she won the beauty pageant. 

There has been a debate about whether Catriona Gray should be considered as Miss Australia or Miss Philippines.

READ: ‘An Australian won Miss Universe’, Aussie media outlets report about Catriona

In an interview with the American show Build Series, she set the record straight as some Australians have been claiming her as their own after she won the Miss Universe 2018 beauty pageant.

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“I am Miss Philippines,” she stated.

“I really feel like I’m a Miss Philippines. I feel like a Filipina, a Filipino woman. It’s just so happens that when I was growing up, I was very much of an Australian. And I think you can be both because I did grow up with those two sides of the world. I thought it was funny that there was this war, like, ‘No, she’s ours, she’s practically Miss Australia.’ But I am a Miss Philippines.”

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Despite the arguments, she added that she actually doesn’t mind Australia’s happiness upon her win.

“I can’t blame them for being excited, from really feeling the high spirits of the season, too. So we’ll let them have that.”

READ: “Well done!” Miss World congratulates Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray

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Miss Universe 2018 is currently in New York City, attending media interviews and appearing in several television shows in America.

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Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana open on having Catriona Gray as Army reservist

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana open on having Catriona Gray as Army reservist

  • Delfin Lorenzana expresses interest on having Miss Universe 2018 as reservist for the AFP.
  • He said that he will talk to the beauty queen about the idea and ask if she’s interested.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana expressed that he is open to the possibility of having Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray as a military reservist in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

According to Lorenzana, he’ll try to talk to Gray and ask her if she’s interested in becoming a reservist.

“I’ll talk to her kung gusto niyang mag-reservist. Dapat Army siya ah, haha!”

He added that a visit from Gray to the military camps would also be welcomed.

“It would be honor to have her visit our camps.”

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According to the AFP Reservist Act of 1991, reservists are assigned to provide the base for the expansion of the AFP in the event of war, invasion, or rebellion; to assist in relief and rescue during disaster or calamities; to assist in socioeconomic development; and to assist in the operation and maintenance of essential government or private utilities in the furtherance of the overall mission.

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Palace speaks up about legalization of marijuana in the Philippines

Palace speaks up about legalization of marijuana in the Philippines

  • Salvador Panelo said that the President will sign any bill that will make the use of medical marijuana legal.
  • It was asked after Miss Universe Catriona Gray was asked about her stand regarding the matter.

In a media briefing held Tuesday, December 18, Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo stated that President Rodrigo Duterte will sign any bill that will result to the legalization of the use of medical marijuana in the country.

He said that the president is in favor of the use of the drug and will support any legislative measure consistent with his stand.

“He’s in favor of limited use of marijuana.

“Logically then he will support and sign any bill that would be consistent with his stand.”

The topic was back in the spotlight after Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray addressed her stand regarding the issue in the Q&A portion of the pageant.

“I’m for it being used in a medical use but not so for recreational use,” she answered.

“Because I think if people were to argue ‘What about alcohol and cigarettes?’ Well everything is good but in moderation.”

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When I was 13, my mum told me "Honey, I dreamt of you winning @missuniverse in a red dress." At that time I thought nothing of it, and today my mother's dream came true. ✨ Where do I even begin? Lord God, I lift everything up to you – to glorify and honour you. 🙏 Philippines 🇵🇭 what an amazing honor it has been to carry your name across my chest and to embody you in all aspects. I may now carry the sash of Miss Universe, but I'll forever be your Miss Philippines. ❤️💙💛 To my team @carlosbuendiajr @bragaisjojo @mitagray @binibiningnicolecordoves @jololuarca @justine.aliman19 @ton_lao @vheecostyle @francischee_ @styledbypatrickhenry @visionerickson @ardelpresentacion @mackycombe @harleybarleyyy @jellyeugenio @hairbybrentsales @memayfrancisco @mimsqiu @momoisupe @tesserajewelry @maktumang @jearsond @theaiveeclinic @empiredentallounge @jed_jimenez I wouldn't have been able to do any of this with all your time, effort and love 💛 #MissUniverse @missuniverse

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When asked about the newly-crowned Miss Universe’s answer, Panelo said that she could have been “influenced by the President’s decision on that matter” or could have been her own conclusion because “she listened to the pros and cons of the matter.”

In September 2017, the House Bill No. 6517 or the Philippine Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act was approved. It seeks to legalize the use of medical marijuana.

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Miss Universe-Peru: Mistaken as “Catriona” by a man asking for a photograph

Miss Universe-Peru: Mistaken as “Catriona” by a man asking for a photograph

  • A man thought Miss Peru was Catriona Gray.
  • Instead of being offended or annoyed, she just laughed it off and continued on posing for the camera.

People have been buzzing around the happenings before the Miss Universe 2018 coronation night that happened in Bangkok, Thailand. There has been controversies, blunders, wardrobe malfunctions, and viral videos.

Among these is the video of Miss Peru Romina Lozano, who got mistaken for being the now-Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray. The beauty queen didn’t take it to heart though. The two have been previously compared as they have similar facial features.

When she was greeting people and taking photos with them, a man asking for a picture called her “Catriona” and she just laughed it off and proceeded to pose with him.

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Miss Universe coronation night was held on December 17 in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Universe Albania 2018 experiences delay leaving Thailand after having insufficient money

Miss Universe Albania 2018 experiences delay leaving Thailand after having insufficient money

  • Miss Albania experienced an airport mishap as she had no cash to pay for the excess baggage fee on the way home from the Miss Universe 2018 competition.
  • Her fans chipped in their money to pay for her fee so that she can take all of her stuff home.

Miss Universe Albania Trejsi Sedjini was one of the trending candidates of the 67th Miss Universe.

When she was on her way back to Albania on Wednesday, December 19, she really wanted to take home the gifts that her Thai fans gave her. But there was one problem: she didn’t have enough money to pay the baggage fee.

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Her Thai supporters found out about her situation while she was at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand. They decided to help her and contribute their own money to pay the THB 5,225 excess baggage fee.

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Korakot Mussamont Chansiri, who was one of Sedjini’s supporters at the airport, shared the story of the Albanian beauty queen.

She said that while Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray was boarding a private plane, Miss Albania was opening her suitcase to see what she can leave behind.

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The beauty queen thanked her Thai fans via a post on Instagram. “Thank you my Thai fan for making me happy. Thank you for the support, the gifts and the love that you share everyday for me. You all are so real and lovely,” she wrote as a caption.

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The most heartbreaking story in Miss Universe 2018 ever told

The most heartbreaking story in Miss Universe 2018 ever told

  • The unfortunate story of Miss Sierra Leone 2018.
  • She was “disqualified” from the competition for failing to arrive in Thailand on time.

It seems like the whole world had their eyes on the newly crowned Miss Universe 2018, Catriona Gray.

But as majority are celebrating, the news of one candidate’s unfortunate story have not been talked about often.

Miss Sierra Leone, Marie Esther Bangura, was unable to join the pageant. It was not because of anything scandalous, but because she arrived late in Bangkok, Thailand.

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She has failed to meet the schedule set by the organizers, which was December 2. But it was already December 8 when Bangura arrived.

Despite arriving a few days after the other candidates, she was still allowed to attend several activities in line with the pageant. She also received the warm welcome of the Thais.

So why didn’t she arrive on time? She faced some problems with her visa and it took her two weeks to travel from her country to Nigeria where she applied for a visa to the Royal Thai Embassy.

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Adding to this, the also had to travel to Thailand by sea!

But the beauty queen maintained her positive mindset as she expressed that she still had a wonderful time even if she was not allowed to join the pageant proper.

“I always wanted to represent my country and that’s why I tried so hard to be here. Since I’m not competing, I still feel good because I got to meet people and learn new things.”

So what’s her silver lining? She’s allowed to join the competition in the following year.

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“Everybody is euphoric about her win.” Catriona Gray Meets Pres. Rodrigo Duterte

“Everybody is euphoric about her win.” Catriona Gray Meets Pres. Rodrigo Duterte

  • President Rodrigo Duterte met Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Grey.
  • According to Salvador Panelo, the President has thanked Grey for bringing the crown.

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Grey has “exchanged pleasantries” with President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, December 20, before she headed to New York.

Grey was in Manila for a quick visit just days after her victory in Bangkok, Thaland on Monday, December 17.

She is the 4th Filipina to win the crown and title.

The President and the beauty queen met at the Villamor Air Base around 6:20pm on Thursday as she was set to leave the country after.

According to Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, the President expressed his gratitude to Grey for winning the prestegious competition.

“They are just exchanging pleasantries. He thanked her for bringing the crown. He said everybody is euphoric about her win.”

Grey will be based in New York during her Miss Universe reign. She is scheduled to return to the Philippines early next year for a formal homecoming celebration.

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“I love you Philippines!” Angela Ponce congratulates Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray

“I love you Philippines!” Angela Ponce congratulates Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray

  • Angela Ponce expressed her adoration towards Catriona Gray and the Philippines.
  • Two months before the coronation night, Gray expressed her stand on the topic of transwomen being a part of Miss Universe.

Miss Spain 2018 expressed her gratitude towards the newly crowned Miss Universe, Catriona Gray and her supporters in the Philippines.

In a tweet dated December 19, Angela Ponce congratulated Gray and complimented her. “She is beautiful she is a very kind girl I’m very happy for you Cat,” Ponce wrote.

She also said that she loves the Philippines and the fans that always supported her.

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She is the first ever transgender woman to compete in the prestigious beauty pageant. As this generated mixed reactions from netizens, Grey has shown her full support and defended the transgenders.

“I’m open to it, because individually, I see beauty queens more than a physical aspect.

“We represent something — that has to be what we’re there for. And she has a purpose. She is that voice for the transgender community.

“If she can further educate people about what are the needs of the transgender community to get us to be more compassionate towards them… I have close friends who are transgender, so I’ve heard their experiences, and there is a lot of work to be done in how we come towards them.”

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Pinay beauty queens’ contrasting beliefs about transgender women joining beauty pageants

Pinay beauty queens’ contrasting beliefs about transgender women joining beauty pageants

  • Beauty queens expressed their opinions about the inclusion of transgender women at the Miss Universe.
  • Winwyn Marquez, Maxine Medina, and Gloria Diaz are against the idea, while Catriona Gray showed support. 

The topic of transgender women joining beauty pageants has been re-opened after Miss Spain 2018, Angela Ponce, successfully became a part of the Miss Universe 2018.

She was acknowledged as the first ever transgender contestant of the competition by honoring her with her own segment during the coronation night. After the preliminary rounds, the 27-year-old said that it was an honor and pride to be part of the pageant.

“I don’t need to win Miss Universe. I only need to be here,” she said in the video.

“I always say: having a vagina didn’t transform me into a woman. I am a woman, already before birth, because my identity is here.”

While she’s proud of her achievement, Filipino beauty queens have different viewpoints regarding the inclusion of transgender women in beauty pageants.

Beauty queens expressed their opinions. 

2017 Reina Hispanoamericana titleholder Teresita Ssen “Winwyn” Marquez said that as much as she loved the idea of Spain allowing Ponce to join, she still thinks that the Miss Universe should be given to “natural born women”. She also clarified that she has nothing against transgenders.

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“Kasi there is Miss International Queen, tama ba? It’s a prestigious pageant also… let’s just give it (Miss Universe) for natural born-women and for transgenders to have their own prestigious pageant. Pero kung a-allow naman ng Miss Universe pageant, then we should accept it also.”

Miss Universe-Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina was also not keen on having transgender women in the Miss Universe competition.

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“Well, kung gusto niya talaga sumali, may mga pageants naman na for them. So, let’s give them an idea na meron naman talagang pageant for them. Para man equal din sa girls di ‘ba.”

The 1969 Miss Universe Gloria Diaz hoped that there will be a separate pageant for transgenders instead.

In one report by Bombo Radyo, Diaz mentioned that there’s nothing wrong with Ponce’s participation in the pageant, but she hopes for a better venue for transgenders.

As other netizens also shared the same sentiments as Marquez, Medina, and Diaz, the newly-crowned Miss Universe, Catriona Gray, defended Ponce’s right to join the pageant.

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When I was 13, my mum told me "Honey, I dreamt of you winning @missuniverse in a red dress." At that time I thought nothing of it, and today my mother's dream came true. ✨ Where do I even begin? Lord God, I lift everything up to you – to glorify and honour you. 🙏 Philippines 🇵🇭 what an amazing honor it has been to carry your name across my chest and to embody you in all aspects. I may now carry the sash of Miss Universe, but I'll forever be your Miss Philippines. ❤️💙💛 To my team @carlosbuendiajr @bragaisjojo @mitagray @binibiningnicolecordoves @jololuarca @justine.aliman19 @ton_lao @vheecostyle @francischee_ @styledbypatrickhenry @visionerickson @ardelpresentacion @mackycombe @harleybarleyyy @jellyeugenio @hairbybrentsales @memayfrancisco @mimsqiu @momoisupe @tesserajewelry @maktumang @jearsond @theaiveeclinic @empiredentallounge @jed_jimenez I wouldn't have been able to do any of this with all your time, effort and love 💛 #MissUniverse @missuniverse

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A month prior to the coronation night, Gray has expressed her support to the inclusion of transgender candidates to the line-up of contestants.

“I’m open to it, because individually, I see beauty queens more than a physical aspect,” she answered in one episode of The Bottomline.

“We represent something — that has to be what we’re there for. And she has a purpose. She is that voice for the transgender community.

“If she can further educate people about what are the needs of the transgender community to get us to be more compassionate towards them… I have close friends who are transgender, so I’ve heard their experiences, and there is a lot of work to be done in how we come towards them.”

 

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After criticizing Catriona Gray, Mariel de Leon compliments the now Miss Universe

After criticizing Catriona Gray, Mariel de Leon compliments the now Miss Universe

  • Mariel de Leon cheers on Catriona Gray during the Miss Universe 2018 competition.
  • de Leon has received negative comments after criticizing Gray during the Binibining Pilipinas 2018.

Miss International Philippines 2017 Mariel de Leon has previously received flack for her comments about Catriona Gray, who was then still a hopeful at the Binibining Pilipinas 2018.

Gray has represented the country in the 2016 Miss World competition, and finished as third runner-up.

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The candidates then were subjected to an interview by selected panel, which de Leon was a part of. In one of the questions, she said that her strength is that she’s an empath.

“I feel everything very strongly and I find that when I sing through music it helps me connect to people.”

While de Leon liked Grey’s confidence and speaking ability, she found the answer “just a tiny bit scripted.” The criticism went viral on social media and de Leon got negative comments from netizens.

Just before the coronation of the Miss Universe 2018, de Leon tweeted her support for Gray saying that “she will by Miss Universe 2018!”

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It can be remembered that despite her background de Leon that she doesn’t want to be called a beauty queen as she already “closed that chapter” in her life.

“I’d appreciate it if you guys could stop tagging me in pageant posts (especially if it doesn’t involve me). I don’t like being called a beauty queen.”


She has also congratulated the newly-crowned Miss Universe after the coronation night.

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