Catriona Gray during the finals of Miss World Philippines 2016 before she won the crown (Photos by Joseph Gerard V. Jose)
Ms Cory Quirino gave her blessings for Catriona to cross over. But how much does that approval matter?
By now, I have nearly maxed out my message inbox for questions, pleas and fleeting requests to see Miss World Philippines 2016 Catriona Gray to make the BOLD move to relinquish her national crown, cross over to Bb. Pilipinas and – hopefully – get the Miss Universe Philippines 2017 title. In the eyes of many, she is the only
person who deserves to become the successor of Maxine Medina and have the clear shot of eventually becoming the country’s 4th Miss Universe winner. But are things really as smooth and simple as filling up a petition form and gathering at least a million signatures to convince her to take the risks?
Ms. Cory Quirino has already expressed during an interview with PEP.ph that she is giving Catriona her blessings to move on from Miss World Philippines and join Bb. Pilipinas to be able to make sense about her “ignored” right of getting a 2nd Miss World for the country last December. But does the go-signal mean much at the end of the day?
For Catriona to sign up for Bb. Pilipinas and become a Binibini will mean that she can only focus on getting Maxine’s crown in order to avoid a downgrade. You see, Miss Universe is the only beauty pageant higher in rank than Miss World. Any other title will relegate her reigning achievement. And don’t get me started with internally “appointing” or “promising” her the same because that will erode so many dreams, not to mention the efforts made by both Aces & Queens and KF to train and polish potential winners for Miss Universe Philippines. There is some sort of a Catch-22 scenario in place. And I am not even looking at probable views from BPCI or Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta. Yet.
So where does that leave us? If Catriona is willing to throw caution to the wind (which I am inclined not to think) and go for the bigger national victory without any kind of guarantee to serve as harness of protection, then so be it. But the way I have personally known this sweet and level-headed lady, she is unlikely to go that far. It could all boil down to fate. If it’s meant to happen, then it will happen. But with all the factors that make the possible move more complex than finding the exit in a labyrinth garden, we cannot push her to do something that would go against the personal grain of her beliefs.
Is Catriona Gray willing to take the big risk? (Photo by Joseph Gerard V. Jose)
The floor is now open for discussion, dear readers.