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LOOKING BACK AT MY MISS WORLD JOURNEY 🙏
By Catriona 📍 Checked in at Maryland, USA 🇺🇸 at 11:54pm
My name is Catriona Elisa Gray. I was born on January 6, 1994 to a Filipino Mother and Australian, Scottish Born Father. An only child, I combatted my lack of sibling company with extra circulars which made me fall in love with the arts: drama, art, music, singing and dancing from a young age. 🎭🎨🎤
After graduating from school, I left my family to pursue a gap year travelling and modeling. I was able to forge a successful career and chose to pursue my creative passions. A few years later, my family and I found ourselves in a situation that resulted in a lot of responsibility and pressure being placed on my shoulders. It was only my faith in God, knowing he would help me carry the load that allowed me to trudge on. 🙏
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 🙏
To get away from the weight of my situation I turned to charity work. Instead of being so weighed down by my own personal problems, I wanted to just forget about myself for a moment and focus on someone who needed a little help.💙
When I first walked through the streets of Tondo, Manila I was shocked to the point of silence. Here were these people, families, children living in such dire environments – how could I possibly complain and worry about my life when I had so much? A life of gratitude and new found purpose opened up.
Charity work – you go to help others and in the process…you end up helping yourself.
…Tomorrow: Miss World Philippines and beyond.🌏🇵🇭
MANILA, Philippines (1st UPDATE) – Catriona Gray, reigning Miss World 2016, made it to the top 5 of the 56th Miss World Beauty pageant held at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, USA.
The other top 5 candidates were from Kenya, Puerto Rico , Indonesia and Dominican Republic
MANILA, Philippines – Miss Philippines representative Catriona Gray is among the Top 10 contestants who made it to the semifinal.
Catriona also won the Multimedia challenge, a new challenge in the Miss World Pageant. The winner of this challenge has a holistic understanding of all forms of media, and can gather support for her cause by connecting to her fanbase.
The pageant was held at the MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, United States, on Sunday Night, December 18.
Miss World PH Catriona Gray in Top 10 of final
Philippines (First to be called) Indonesia Belgium Brazil Kenya
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 🇺🇸
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 🇩🇴
PUERTO RICO 🇵🇷
Here is the list of winners of the challenges:
Beauty with a Purpose – Indonesia
Multimedia – Philippines
Sports and Fitness – Cook Islands
Talent – Mongolia
Top Model – China
MISS World Philippines Catriona Gray topped the “Multimedia” event in the 2016 Miss World pageant held at the MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland on Saturday night. Gray’s chances at winning Miss World 2016 has now become clearer as she was announced as the winner of the pageant’s Multi-Media award a few minutes ago, which guarantees her spot at the Top 20.
Aside from bagging the Multimedia Award, Gray also figured highly in the “Top Model” and “Beauty With A Purpose” events, the latter with her charity project called “Paradiso Project”- Creating a School for children in garbage sites” which aims to curb infant and child mortality in depressed communities.
FAST TRACK RESULTS
Beauty with a Purpose finalists:
In no particular order. Winner will be announced during the final.
Top Model winner:
SOURCE: USA TODAY
It’s Pope Francis’ 80th birthday this weekend and well-wishers can now send him email greetings in seven languages.
Although the big day isn’t until Saturday, the Argentine-born pontiff already marked the occasion by blowing out a candle on a cake given to him during his weekly general audience Wednesday, but cautioned that early wishes “bring bad luck,” ANSA, the Italian News agency, reports.
Addressing his general audience, Pope Francis said “thanks to everyone for the wishes for my upcoming birthday, thank you, but I’ll say something that will make you laugh: in my homeland voicing wishes early brings bad luck and those who voice wishes early are a jinx.”
Those who couldn’t make it to the Vatican for a personal greeting can send Francis a birthday message by email in Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Polish and Latin, Vatican Radio reports.
A social media hashtag — #Pontifex80 — has also been created.
The pope won’t be taking the day off to celebrate. He will be working “just as normal,” his staff says, according to Vatican Radio.
The email addresses where you can send your birthday wishes for the pontiff:
PapaFrancisco80@vatican.va (Spanish / Portuguese)
Catriona’s World Designer Dress is a creation of world-renowned Filipino designer Francis Libiran who described the gown as follows:
“A custom semi-serpentine sleeveless gown in fine soft tulle fabric. This gown is intricately embellished with Francis Libiran’s custom signature embroidery details with art deco and linear patterns that accentuates the silhouette of the wearer. This old rose gown is fully encrusted with dyed-to-match stones and crystals that provide rich texture and elegant sparkle.”
According to Catriona:
FRANCIS LIBIRAN is an A-list Filipino fashion designer and fashion icon whose works have been featured not in only in the Philippines but also in different parts of the world.
He was featured twice on America’s Next Top Model and Tyra Banks wore his creations several times just like Hollywood stars Gwen Stefani, Angela Bassett, Serayah Mcneill and Miss World 2000 Prinyanka Chopra to name a few.
Francis Libiran is also the man behind the winning gown of the first Filipina Miss World, Megan Young.
SOURCE: Norman’s Blog
From a reliable source, Miss World Philippines 2016 Catriona Gray will be wearing a Francis Libiran for her National Costume (left photo) in Miss World 2016. It’s all in blue with layers and dramatic sleeves and a cape-like wrap-around neck-line that will frame our Queen’s beautiful face even more. It’s so Catriona if you ask me as I can already picture her walking the ramp wearing the complete ensemble.
As for the finals gown, I was also told that Catriona is very likely to wear a lilac-colored creation, also by Francis Libiran. There is a video of her walking in a pink one but that could have been used for practice, a pageant function or possibly the Top Model segment instead.
Let’s see which one she will eventually wear on December 18.🙂