Months after passing on the crown, Miss World Philippines 2016 Catriona Gray is set to conquer Binibining Pilipinas — and hopefully, Miss Universe soon. Over on Instagram, the Filipino-Australian beauty made the announcement, saying how joining Binibining Pilipinas “was no way planned, but sometimes the stars align to make things happen,”
Are you ready for it? 💥 Today marks the reveal of an evolution of self that has been quietly happening away from the public's eye for a little while now. It was in no way planned, but sometimes the stars align to make things happen. ✨✨✨ Maraming Salamat sa inyong tiwala at sana samahan niyo ako sa aking bagong paglalakbay. 🙏 #CatrionaBBP2018 #CatGanern
Philippines! What an amazing journey it's been! 🙏🇵🇭 But it's not a sad ending – it's time to move on to a bigger journey ahead. ✨ To everyone who helped me along the way, maraming salamat sa inyo. I couldn't have been a Miss World without your love, help and support. My promise to help our countrymen still lives on – it was never conditional to having a crown on my head. I will forever carry my head high with the Filipino spirit and carry the Philippines sash over my heart. ❤️🇵🇭✨ I love you all to the stars and beyond, Your torchbearer, Catriona ❤️
Gray may not have bagged the Miss World title, landing at top 5, but we sure are looking forward to see her up on another stage where the likes of Pia Wurtzbach, Kylie Verzosa, and more beauty queens made history.
Here’s what you need to know about the 23-year-old beauty queen:
1. Gray’s Instagram feed will make you want to travel more.
This beauty queen loves to hop from one island to another (Bohol happens to be her favorite “home away from home”) and even promotes the beauty of the Philippines while she’s at it.
2. She has been in the entertainment industry for years.
If ever Gray looks familiar to you, chances are you’ve seen her in Pantene’s empowering ‘Whip It’ campaign back in 2013.
3. The beauty queen creates art for a cause
Beauty with a purpose? Check. Gray started Paraiso: The Bright Beginnings Project, which aims to fundraise for the Preschool in the Smokey Mountain, with multiple efforts like holding and performing at benefit concerts, and even auctioning off original artworks.
Hey beautiful people ✨ I'm putting some of my loved artworks for display and sale with the proceeds going towards #ParaisoBrightBeginningsProject 💫 at Sede, 46 East Capitol Drive Pasig. Do drop by and take a look! 👀 Will also be partnering up with SEDE for an upcoming charity event so keep posted for the details!! ☺️
It's a pleasure working with such beautiful souls today! Some of these local volunteers are parents of children within the program so it's wonderful to see the community supporting #YoungFocus's efforts. 🙏💙 Wishing you all a productive and heartwarming Friday!!!! #ParaisoBrightBeginningsProject #EmpowerChange