There are big risks worth fighting for – from Day 1, that is.
When now Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray set foot in Bangkok, Thailand to start her mission for the Philippines last November 29, I had no doubt in my mind that she will be a top favorite to win. Inside my heart, I already had a strong feeling that she will take it all the way to the #1 position. Never did I even give other candidates a prospect of being the successor of Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. It was Catriona or bust for me. And while people around were either telling me to be just a little more cautious or stop being too cocky about telling others that our bet will win, I never wavered in my support.
As the days went on, my gut-feel got even stronger. Last Saturday night after dinner, I sat on a couch and started composing a Final Predictions blog. The words just naturally flowed and I clearly stated that Miss Philippines winning its 4th Miss Universe crown is a must. Below is the last wrap-up paragraph in the same article:
“I will end this blog entry by stating that the Philippines’ 4th Miss Universe victory is well within reach. Not by a mile or in an arm’s length. But close enough to touch, smell and hug the crown.”
And the rest was fulfilled at 10:00am earlier when – indeed – Catriona became the 67th Miss Universe. She can now touch, smell and hug the crown at her disposal. Because she will wear it on her head for one full reign and be her forever legacy to the entire Philippine nation.
Photos by Patrick Prather, Ralph Miller and Amorn Pitayanant for the MUO