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

Posted by BUILD Series on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

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

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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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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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And our journey begins to the MISS UNIVERSE COMPETITION

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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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BrJ8YRyHL6V/

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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BrSWLDRHY6R/

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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The future Catriona Gray: Ryzza Mae Dizon to be a future beauty queen?

The future Catriona Gray: Ryzza Mae Dizon to be a future beauty queen?

  • Ruby Rodriguez encouraged Ryzza Mae Dizon to try for Miss Universe in the future.
  • Netizens supported the idea and said that she can bring home the crown years from now.

The newly-crowned Miss Universe 2018, Catriona Gray, is a former Little Miss Philippines contestant.

This became the subject of Eat Bulaga! co-host Ruby Rodriguez‘s Instagram post, connecting it to Ryzza Mae, who was crowned Little Miss Philippines 2012.

In her caption, Rodriguez said that the believes that Ryzza Mae has what it takes to follow the footsteps of Gray. This included a a side by side photo of Gray’s 1999 stint and the beauty queen’s recent photo.

“Sabi ko na nga @ryzzamaedizon_ may pag asa ka!”

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Netizens have supported the idea of the Eat Bulaga host and even cheered Ryzza Mae to become a beauty queen.

Hahha aabangan po namin si @ryzzamaedizon_ hahaha sya yung mga uuwi ng ika 10 korona ng pinas!

Tita Rubs mag antay ako 19 more years from now ng isang Bulaga walk ni Ryzza sa Ms. U 2037

Go go go @ryzzamaedison_ Miss Universe 2022

Others also said that instead of sporting the lava walk that Gray popularized, Ryzza May will have the Cha-cha walk or Eat Bulaga walk.

Pag sumali si Boss Madam, imbes na LAVA walk, malamang CHACHA walk ang gagawin niya sa rampa!

Hahahaha ipapauso ni ryzza ang chacha walk!

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

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

  • Miss World congratulated Catriona Grey with a post on their Facebook page.
  • Filipinos thanked the organization for not making Gray win the Miss World title two years ago.

Following Catriona Gray‘s win, the official Facebook page of Miss World greeted the former 4th runner-up of the 2016 pageant for her new achievement in winning the Miss Universe 2018 crown.

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It mentioned Gray’s previous title in Miss World and why she was selected for the Beauty with a Purpose Project “for a special visit during Miss World 2016”.

They also mentioned their gratitude for her vision and dedication for the pageant.

“We are delighted to see her win the Miss Universe crown! Catriona’s brilliant Smokey Mountain Beauty With A purpose project captured all our hearts and it revealed her dedicated vision to support the most vulnerable in our society. Miss Universe organisation you have a great winner !”

Well done Catriona!Congratulations from all of us at Miss World to Catriona Gray on being elected Miss Universe…

Posted by Miss World on Sunday, December 16, 2018

The post was full of positivity but others have called out the organization for an issue that the 2016 competition was manipulated.

In a post by Miss World Brazil 2016, she revealed that “there wasn’t enough food and water, there were candidates who slept with the pageant’s staff and there were no panel of judges for the Beauty with a Purpose challenge event” and even added that the jurors were “suspicious”.

What also fueled the suspicion was the fact that one of the judges, Wilnelia Merced, who is the national director of Miss Puerto Rico. She is also a former Miss World from Puerto Rico and her mother is the national franchise holder of Miss World Puerto Rico.

Check out comments of netizens at Miss World’s congratulatory post.

Thank you miss world for not crowining catriona last 2016.hahahah. She showed your world is just a tiny bit grain of salt in the universe. Hahaha

Miss Universe see her worth as a true queen which, unfortunately, Miss World failed to see.

You robbed her crown two years ago and the Universe made it back to her. Truly deserving.

I’m really hurt when she did not get the crown in 2016, but now, I’ more than thankful for the Org for not letting her win. She is meant for something bigger. Bigger platform so she can inspire more people.

 

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Vice Ganda, Anne Curtis, Maymay Entrata lead Catriona Gray’s social media support in Miss Universe 2018

Vice Ganda, Anne Curtis, Maymay Entrata lead Catriona Gray’s social media support in Miss Universe 2018

  • Stars reacted to Catriona Gray’s victory.
  • Gray is the 4th Filipina to win the Miss Universe crown.

It seems like the daily lives of Filipinos have stopped as almost everyone were tuned-in to the coronation night of Miss Universe 2018 that happened yesterday, December 17 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The ordinary citizens aren’t the only ones cheering for her, but the celebrities as well.

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Here are some stars who posted their congratulatory messages to the newly crowned Miss Universe.

Vice Ganda

Ruffa Guttierez

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Robi Domingo

Tim Yap

Bianca Gonzales

Alessandra de Rossi

Anne Curtis

Ogie Alcasid

Troy Montero

Ciara Sotto

Jaya

Dra. Vicki Belo

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Pokwang

Marvin Agustin

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Jolina Magdangal

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Angelica Panganiban

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Janine Tugonon

Maymay Entrata

Yeng Constantino

https://www.facebook.com/yengconstantinoreal/videos/2380421628699238/

Pia Wurtzbach

https://www.instagram.com/p/BreYir6Hdfp/?utm_source=ig_embed

Lea Salonga

 

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Miss Spain Angela Ponce makes history as the first-ever Transwoman to join Miss Universe

Miss Spain Angela Ponce makes history as the first-ever Transwoman to join Miss Universe

  • Miss Universe Spain 2018 is the first transwoman to become a contestant in the said prestigious beauty pageant.
  • Netizens expressed their stand on the inclusion of Angela Ponce in Miss Universe 2018. 

Miss Universe Spain 2018 Angela Ponce failed to secure a spot in the Top 20, but she did prove a lot in this year’s competition.

What’s so special about her? She’s the first ever transgender woman to join the international competition.

During the coronation night, the Miss Universe organization honored Ponce as their first transgender contestant. In a pre-recorded interview that was shown during the coronation night, she uttered the words, “I don’t need to win Miss Universe. I just need to be here.”

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@missuniverse Para mí es un #orgullo representaros, el #Universo es el límite. 🇪🇸👑✨✨ Podéis apoyarme para ser la próxima #MissUniverso2018, es el momento de que se escuche nuestra voz, alta y clara, directa. 👸🏼✨✨ What an honour has been represent you all, I’m #proud, the #Universe is the limit. 🇪🇸👑✨✨ It’s time for your support one last time in this journey for being #MissUniverse2018, it’s the moment to face it with our voice, loud and clear, right through. 👸🏼✨✨ 🔴 EN VIVO / LIVE STREAM @foxtv SUNDAY DECEMBER 16 14:00 🇺🇸 Honolulu 16:00 🇺🇸 Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas 18:00 🇺🇸 Chicago 18:00 🇲🇽 Mexico City 19:00 🇺🇸 New York, Miami 19:00 🇨🇦 Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal 19:00 🇨🇴 Bogota 19:00 🇵🇦 Panama City 19:00 🇵🇪 Lima 20:00 🇵🇷 San Juan 20:00 🇻🇪 Caracas 20:00 🇩🇴 Santo Domingo 21:00 🇦🇷 Buenos Aires 21:00 🇨🇱 Santiago 22:00 🇧🇷 Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo MONDAY DECEMBER 17 0:00 🇮🇨 Canary Islands 0:00 🇬🇧 London 1:00 🇪🇸 Madrid, Barcelona 1:00 🇫🇷 Paris 1:00 🇩🇪 Berlin 1:00 🇮🇹 Rome 2:00 🇿🇦 Cape Town 2:00 🇮🇱 Jerusalem 2:00 🇱🇧 Beirut 2:00 🇬🇷 Athens 2:00 🇪🇬 Cairo 3:00 🇷🇺 Moscow 4:00 🇦🇪 Dubai 5:30 🇮🇳 New Delhi 7:00 🇹🇭 Bangkok 7:00 🇮🇩 Jakarta 7:00 🇻🇳 Hanoi 8:00 🇵🇭 Manila 8:00 🇨🇳 Beijing, Shanghai 8:00 🇲🇾 Kuala Lumpur 9:00 🇯🇵 Tokyo 9:00 🇰🇷 Seoul 11:00 🇦🇺 Sydney 13:00 🇳🇿 Wellington #67thmissuniverse #bangkok #thailand #angelaponce #confidentlybeautiful #missuniverse #missuniverso #tailandia #missuniversespain2018 #missuniversespain #missuniversoespaña2018 #missuniversoespaña #missespaña2018 #missespaña #missspain2018 #missspain #españa #spain #pilas #sevilla #madrid #barcelona #malaga #beyourself

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This earned many reactions from Twitter users.

The tribute even earned Miss Spain a standing ovation from the crowd.

A Netizen expressed how much she admired Ponce.

Another Twitter user shared a quote from the contestant that affected him the most.

Someone also said how beauty has come a long way, as it also acknowledged  transwomen by letitng Miss Spain join.

Tristan then slammed people who continue to fight for the rights of the LGBT+ community but are still against the participation of Ponce in the international competition.

Kaye shared an interesting conversation with her cousin.

Unfortunately, not all comments are positive as a Netizen shared screenshots of transphobic comments made by Filipinos.

One of the replies explained that not all of the comments are transphobic, however, they just see the Miss Universe as a pageant for biologically born women.

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