Miss Philippines Catriona Gray and 118 other contestants of 2016 Miss World beauty pageant faced the panel of the judges during a closed-door interview for the preliminaries in Washington, D.C. “Our very own Miss Philippines Catriona Gray with my Miss Puerto Rico during the closed door interview with Miss World panel of judges. Good luck for more events girls,” said the photo caption posted by Miss World Philippines organization on Facebook. The results of the closed-door interview will be one of the criteria for the selection of the semifinalists in the world’s longest-running beauty pageant. Earlier, Gray and other contestants also inspired at-risk youth, especially children of incarcerated parents, during their visit to the U.S. Dream Academy in Washington, D.C. recently. The U.S. Dream Academy is an innovative national after-school and mentoring program that helps young people realize their dreams. “’Today we’re spending time with the children … [Read more...] about Catriona Gray, other Miss World bets face judges
There’s nothing more important for Catriona Elisa Gray than to help empower young minds particularly the impoverished. The Filipino-Australian has been working hard to fulfill her advocacy, joining the Paraiso Bright Beginnings Project, which aims to provide accessible education for kids particularly the poor children of Tondo. “I just want to help give them better opportunity because everybody deserves it,” Catriona said in an interview. “I do believe people should have that choice, to make something of themselves.” The 22-year-old model hopes to gain more support for her advocacy and she is well on her way, being the Philippines’ bet to this year’s Miss World pageant. Dubbed the “mother of all pageants” being the very first beauty pageant ever established, Miss World has raised more than £250 million for various children’s charities since its launch in 1951. “Obviously, at the heart of the pageant is charity. I am … [Read more...] about All the way for Catriona Gray
With an advocacy closer to hear heart, a passion for the Philippines’ great outdoors, and the incomparable grace, warmth and hospitality of a Filipina, beauty queen Catriona Gray left for the United States on Thursday to represent the country at the upcoming Miss World 2016 pageant. Before the biggest journey of her life, CQ Global Quest’s Cory Quirino—Miss World’s franchisee in the Philippines—hosted a send off party for the beautiful and talented young woman, who hopes to win the famed blue crown of Miss World, won only by Megan Young for the country in 2013. “I am really excited to get into it,” gushed Gray as members of media crowded around her during her despedida at a San Juan City restaurant. A self-confessed low-maintenance girl who loves nature, the comely Bicolana said she is excited to learn about the cultures of her fellow candidates, and is also eager to share with them the wonders Philippine tourism has to offer. “We have … [Read more...] about Catriona Gray is ready to conquer the world
Singing “I Believe” at the Miss World 2016 Talent semi-finals, the Philippines’ Catriona Gray has advanced to the finals of the category where joins the candidates from Poland, Hungary, Latvia, Mongolia, Chile, Croatia, Malta, Ukraine and Canada. The winner for Best in Talent will be done via online voting on Mobstar, and she will automatically have a spot at the Top 20. Meanwhile, leading pageant-related community forum Missosology now ranks Gray as the top pick to win the crown on December 18 [December 19 in Manila]. The coronation night will be held at The Theater At MGM National Harbor in Washington, DC. Back tracking a bit, Gray did not figure as strong choice of the world-renowned organization as a pre-arrival favorite, but after the candidates’ introductory videos about themselves were uploaded, she quickly made it to the Top 5 Hot Picks. As she sang her talent audition piece, “Moon River,” pageant aficionados around the world couldn’t … [Read more...] about Catriona Gray—top pick at Miss World
Keeping her fingers crossed and, so to speak, hoping for the best even as she's shuddering to think of the worst, 2016 Miss World Philippines Catriona “Cat” Gray is now in Washington D.C., USA, competing with around 140 other hopefuls from around the world for the Miss World plum in the oldest pageant (with the most number of contestants) in the world, with the grand finals set for Dec. 18. Traveling alone with seven bulging suitcases (“Retrieving them from the carousel is a good workout,” she jokes), Cat, 22 (born Jan. 6, 1994) is a pageant first-timer who, at 5’10” (plus six-inch heels), stood out among the contestants in the local pageant. Her regal bearing, quick wit and intelligence might work in her favor and win for the country, the second Miss World crown first won by Megan Young in 2013. “I will enjoy the experience and won’t look at it as a competition,” Cat tells Conversations a few days before she left last week for, … [Read more...] about Catriona Gray: Hello, World!