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Pinoy proudly singing the National Anthem and wave the flag at the Miss Universe venue – the IMPACT Arena here in Bangkok after Catriona Gray’s historic win and crowned as the 4th Miss Universe 2018 of the Philippines.
Miss Philippines Catriona Gray won the Miss Universe crown in a pageant held in Bangkok, Thailand
The fist runner-up is Miss Kiems – Nathalie den Dekker while Miss Kiems– Casey Radley is the 2nd runnerup
Others who made it to the Top 20 are as follows
The other contestants who made it to the Top 20 are:
Africa and Asia-Pacific
- South Africa –
- Philippines –
- Nepal –
- Vietnam –
- Thailand –
- Great Britain
- Costa Rica
- Puerto Rico
Catriona Gray – Miss Universe 2018 from the Philippines being crowned by Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters – Miss International 2017 from South Africa.
Venezuela – the 2nd runnerup and fist runner-up is Miss South Africa – Nathalie den Dekker
The Newly Crowned Miss Universe 2018 from the Philippines – Catriona Gray
MANILA, Philippines – Catriona Gray, reigning Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2018 , made it to the top 5 of the 67th Miss Universe pageant held at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand
The other top 5 candidates were from South Africa, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Vietnam
Catriona Gray’s dream of bringing home the country’s fourth Miss Universe title is still alive.
Gray’s, a business management graduate from Camarines Sur, made it to the Top 10 of the competition
01. 🇿🇦 South Africa
02. 🇻🇳 Vietnam
03. 🇻🇪 Venezuela
04. 🇵🇭 PHILIPPINES
05. 🇨🇷 Costa Rica
06. 🇨🇼 Curaçao
07. 🇳🇵 Nepal
08. 🇨🇦 Canada
09. 🇹🇭 Thailand
10. 🇨🇺 Puerto Rico
Philippines’ representative to the Miss Universe Pageant, Miss PH Catriona Gray officially joins the 1 million club on Instagram as she now has over 1 million followers on said social media channel as of Sunday night.
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MANILA – Pageant enthusiasts all over the world are making their fearless forecasts on who may possibly succeed Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Petersat the 67th edition of the international pageant.
One day before the coronation night, Missosology shared their top five picks after avidly following the Miss Universe candidates from day one until their preliminary competition last Thursday.
Check out below our complete list for the final Hot Picks for Miss Universe 2018. Who do you think will win? Share your thoughts in the comment box!
The Miss Universe 2018 pageant will culminate in two days’ time and the tension is now reaching fever pitch. Truly, it is exciting that the 2018 pageant season will conclude with the Miss Universe pageant. After all, among the Big5 Pageants, this is the most raucous and the most anticipated!
Truth must be told that there was no unanimous decision when it comes to the selection on who will be the number 1 in the Final Hot Picks. This is a clear indication of how intense the competition is. However, after several passionate discussions among the team of beauty experts, correspondents and editors on the ground, the choice became clearer. It has to be Miss Philippines Catriona Gray.
No one came to Miss Universe 2018 more prepared than Catriona Gray. She is counting on her pageantry experience and she already polished any imperfection that she may have. She is like Demi-Leigh 2.0 except that she aced her prelims with her signature “lava walk” and that much talked about slow-mo spin. She has millions of passionate fans to back her up making Catriona a rare gem that Miss Universe can only have once in a blue moon. If Miss Universe is sensible enough, they will crown her because from whatever perspective, Catriona is a perfect titleholder.
But then again, one shouldn’t just dismiss the competition. Miss Puerto Rico Kiara Ortega can easily follow – and even surpass – the footsteps of Cynthia Olavarría (who came a little short in winning the title in Bangkok back in 2005). Kiara is perfect in every way. She was divine in her evening gown prelims and she looks stunning in her swimsuit. She is unburdened by expectations. After all, no Puerto Rican beauty queen managed reach the Miss Universe semis since 2014!
A back to back win may again become a reality after almost a decade. Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green is a formidable candidate that could turn something improbable possible. Her elegance is difficult to hide. Her eloquence can’t be denied. Whenever she walks onstage, she owns it. While Tamaryn is in the 3rd spot on this list, Demi-Leigh crowning a fellow South African should not come as a surprise.
Making it to the 4th spot is the statuesque Miss Canada Marta Stepien. Canada suffered a semis drought from 2007-2015 but has rebounded since 2016. Interesting to note that Canada won its second Miss Universe title in Thailand. Will Marta follow suit? Probably! Her country is in fact making a comeback at the pageant and thanks to her solid performance, the idea of Canada winning its third crown is not that farfetched.
Miss Colombia Valeria Morales had been a candidate to watch out for since the beginning of the contest. She’s got a lot of class and poise but her prelim performance did not meet some of the expectations. But remember, ever since that 2015 incident at Miss Universe, Colombia is doing pretty well. In 2016 the country placed as second runner-up and last year, they surprised the world by placing as first runner-up!
Miss Great Britain Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers came out as a surprise choice by our panel of beauty experts. However, her superb performance in both swimsuit and gown preliminaries caught the attention of the multitude and she came off as the strongest candidate among the European contingent!
Miss Mexico Andrea Toscano is no doubt a scene stealer. Many of analysts believe that she could pull a surprise by placing higher than the 7th place finish accorded to her in this final Hot Picks. Meanwhile, the exotic beauty of Miss Japan Yuumi Kato was scintillating onstage during the preliminaries. While the frontrunners enjoyed loud support among their fans, Yuumi created her own niche in this contest by refusing to be drowned out.
Queenly, oozing with confidence and with a sparkling beauty, Miss Ecuador Virginia Limongi is a huge threat to the frontrunners. Watch out for her! She may be 9th place in this list but don’t be surprised if she will walk away with the crown.
Completing our Top 10 is Miss Thailand Sophida Kanchanarin. Although the host delegate always misses the semis whenever the pageant is held in Thailand, the current format of Miss Universe may break that “tradition”. Sophida did an excellent job as a host candidate. Her beauty is a “hit and miss” but Thailand should be proud of her graciousness and confidence.
1 Philippines, Catriona Gray
2 Puerto Rico, Kiara Ortega
3 South Africa, Tamaryn Green
4 Canada, Marta Stepien
5 Colombia, Valeria Morales
6 Great Britain, Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers
7 Mexico, Andrea Toscano
8 Japan, Yuumi Kato
9 Ecuador, Virginia Limongi
10 Thailand, Sophida Kanchanarin
11 Venezuela, Sthefany Gutiérrez
12 Turkey, Tara De Vries
13 Spain, Angela Ponce
14 Nigeria, Aramide Lopez
15 Brazil, Mayra Dias
16 Russia, Yulia Polyachikhina
17 Vietnam, H’Hen Niê
18 USA, Sarah Rose Summers
19 Cambodia, Nat Rern
20 Albania, Trejsi Sejdini
21 Kenya, Wabaiya Kariuki
22 Denmark, Helena Heuser
23 Costa Rica, Natalia Carvajal
24 Nepal, Manita Devkota
25 Ireland, Grainne Gallanagh
BANGKOK, Thailand — Two days before the final competition of Miss Universe 2018, some Filipinos flew from Philippines to Thailand just to support Filipina bet Catriona Gray.
On Saturday afternoon, a number of Filipino supporters turned heads at the Suvarnabhumi airport as they donned the replica crowns of Miss Universe and sash to proudly show support for Catriona.
These Filipinos who flew from Manila found they shared love for Miss Universe pageant when they arrived at the airport. They are set to watch the live coronation event of the pageant slated Monday morning (Philippine time.)
Pageant enthusiast Albert Paran, who came all the way from Cebu, said he is very excited to watch the pageant live. He is a fan of Catriona.
“Parang dream come true,” he said, adding that Catriona’s victory is his Christmas wish.
Also present in Bangkok is former Miss Universe 2011 3rd runner-up Shamcey Supsup-Lee. She also wore the replica Mikimoto and diamond blue sapphire crowns brought by doctor Loyd Brendan Norella.
Loyd is one of the volunteers of LoveYourself Inc., an HIV advocacy group that Catriona supports.
He said he also traveled to Bangkok to support his friend Catriona
Win or lose, Loyd said he is proud that the Philippines was beautifully represented by Catriona.
On Wednesday, Filipino-American and YouTube vlogger Jerome Bediones also arrived in Bangkok to watch the Miss Universe pageant and back Catriona. He flew from Washington State.
Jerome watched the preliminary pageant which he said was nailed by the 24-year-old Filipina bet.
“Philippines, Catriona Gray, stole the show. So much confidence with her walk, and it may sound biased (I really don’t think so) but she has the whole package when it comes to being a Miss Universe. Just looking at her, you can tell she leads with empathy and compassion, but also is stunning,” Jerome said.
Meanwhile, Albert Paran and retired flight attendant and registered nurse Mickey Rodriguez said they will both wear national costumes on Monday.
Albert said he had Philippine traditional clothing kimona designed for the pageant while Mickey said he will wear barong Tagalog.
“Gusto kasi niya (Catriona) nationalistic,” Mickey said.
Other supporters said they will wear tuxedo that bears Philippine flag.
Catriona, a former candidate for Miss World, is set to compete against 93 other representatives from across the globe at the Impact Arena in Bangkok on Monday. She is vying to bring back the crown to the Philippines three years after Pia Wurtzbach won the pageant in 2015.
A church bell that was taken as a war booty during the Filipino-American War was returned to the Philippines and is set to be re-installed to the church where it belongs in Balangiga, Samar on Saturday.
Rain or shine, residents were excited to have a glimpse of the bells.
Marching bands and majorettes dancing to the beat of drums paraded around the streets in the morning, according to a report by Vonne Aquino on GMA News TV’s Balitanghali.
Students from the Balangiga Central Elementary School meanwhile did a dance presentation with a message of thanksgiving for the bells’ return.
The plaza was filled with locals and tourists eager to witness the turnover ceremony.
“Na-excite na lang ho kami kasi sa tagal-tagal ng panahon biglang bumalik ‘yung bells nila rito,” said tourist Flora Rita.
“Malaking karangalan ‘yan para sa amin na kasali siya doon sa lumaban sa mga Amerikano,” said Rosario Dado Balaña, a descendant of someone who fought American soldiers in Balangiga in 1901.
The town has already started its pre-program while expecting the arrival of President Rodrigo Duterte at 3 p.m.
“‘Yung unang usapan, sa church ‘yung ceremony magaganap. Ngayon dito na sa municipal auditorium magaganap ‘yung formal ceremony bukas,” Balangiga Mayor Randy Graza said.
“Government to government doon sa top, then dito naman sa local to the mayor then to the priest,” tourism officer Fe Campanero said.
Security has been tightened inside the auditorium where the turnover ceremony will be held.
“‘Yung mga kababayan natin na gustong pumunta dito, may checkpoints doon. Please follow na lang ‘yung standard operating procedures. There are areas na designated ng PSG [Presidential Security Group] na puwedeng matambayan to watch the event,” Campanero added.
The bells were removed from their crate earlier at dawn and were then put in a case covered by a veil.
Soldiers guarded the bells overnight at the auditorium.
After the turnover ceremony, the bells will be brought to the church for a thanksgiving mass where they will be blessed and reconsecrated.
The event will be followed by fireworks in the evening.
The Balangiga bells are also expected to be rung at the start of the Simbang Gabi on Sunday, December 16.
The bells were taken by American soldiers as war booty in 1901 after Filipinos staged a surprise attack against them.
Forty-eight American soldiers died but the American forces retaliated and killed around 10,000 residents of Balangiga, including women and children.
Two of the three bells were displayed at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming in the US while the third bell was brought to a US Army museum in South Korea.
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez led the official turnover ceremony of the bells in Wyoming in November this year.
The Balangiga bells finally arrived on Tuesday at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City at around 10:30 a.m. Prior to the return to the Philippines, the three bells were transferred to a US camp in Okinawa, Japan.
READ: 117-year journey turns US war booty to PHL symbol of closure
—Jamil Santos/KG, GMA News