In an Instagram post, Catriona Gray, 24, recalled being a candidate for Binibining Pilipinas (Miss Philippines) to competing in the Miss Universe pageant.
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'This is it': Catriona Gray dedicates Miss Universe journey to Philippines
( - December 17, 2018 - 10:21am

MANILA, Philippines — Hours before the much-awaited coronation day, Philippines’ Catriona Gray dedicated her Miss Universe journey to her home country.

In an Instagram post, Catriona, 24, recalled her experience being a candidate for Binibining Pilipinas (Miss Philippines) and being chosen to compete in the Miss Universe pageant.

“Philippines, this is it. What an amazing journey this has been - from day one back in January 2018 of announcing candidacy [for Binibining Pilipinas] to today,” the Bicolana beauty wrote.

“Philippines, you have endlessly inspired me, given me strength and support. I want nothing more than to bring pride to you and give my all to give the best Christmas gift ever to my country,” she added.

“Mahal kita, Philippines. Para sayo 'to. Stand by me prayer warriors, laban tayo.”

Catriona is eyeing to bring the Miss Universe crown back to the Philippines and follow the footsteps of Pia Wurtzbach, who won the crown three years ago.

The Miss Universe crown and sash will be awarded Monday. — Ian Nicolas Cigaral

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