Manila — Newly-crowned Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray is set to arrive in Manila on Wednesday, December 19, before she flies to New York.
This is going to be the first time in recent years that the winner of the Miss Universe will break routine when it comes to homecoming. In the past, the winner immediately travels to New York City following the crowning as Miss Universe. She will be flown from Bangkok where the pageant was held, via a private jet owned by the family of former Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson and will hold a press conference at the Platinum Skies Aviation, Inc. hangar in Pasay City.
Gray dedicated her win on Monday to Filipinos, saying the prestigious title is her Christmas gift.
“Mga kababayan, I am so happy to give you the best Christmas gift ever! Sa lahat ng Pilipino and all the fans, thank you so much for all the love and support,” she said.
She is the fourth Filipino to bring home the crown, joining Gloria Diaz, Margie Moran, and Pia Wurtzbach who won in 1969, 1973, and 2015, respectively.