Miss World Philippines 2016 Catriona Gray for Mega Magazine as photographed by Melson Bolongaita
The actual cover with Catriona, Michelle Marquez Dee, Lauren Reid and Sabina Gonzales
BTS shots of Catriona from the Mega shoot
It would have been the perfect release of a magazine cover for Miss World Philippines 2016 Catriona Gray. The timing couldn’t be more perfect such that a victory in National Harbor, Maryland last Sunday night will have pushed the group shot with Michelle Marquez Dee, Sabina Marquez and Lauren Reid out of the frame to give way to a solo center of attraction. But that’s the way pageant life goes.
Regardless of the circumstances, you need to add the December 2016/January 2017 issue of Mega Magazine to your collection because it shows Catriona doing what she does best in front of a masterful lensman like Melson Bolongaita and make-up by Anton Patdu.
The video below is a repost, but it goes perfectly well with the shots above.
courtesy of TV100 PH
Miss World 2016 Top 5 Finalist Catriona Gray of the Philippines
Stephanie reacts to winning Miss World 2016 with Catriona to her right
There is a new Miss World and she is Stephanie del Valle of Puerto Rico. Our very own Catriona Gray made it till the Top 5. She was stopped on her tracks at that point and the entire Philippines is asking why after her two splendid Q&A turns in the Top 10 (with host Megan Young
) and the Top 5 (with Jason Cook and where she answered what looked like a very appropriate question – almost prophetic if things worked in our favor – from Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna
What happened during the judges’ deliberations? With the answers given by the Top 5, it was crystal-clear that Miss Philippines delivered a reply that would have easily made her soar to the crown. Or were their reactions on the reverse that giving out a solid presentation of her views on why she should be the next Miss World made them feel as if she is too good to be true? Were the placements of two ladies from the Carribean in the Top 3 courtesy of an influential judge in the panel? And let us not go to the 3rd place finish of Miss Indonesia because her BWAP (Beauty With A Purpose) win could have justified that ranking.
In the eyes of the Filipinos, Catriona is a clear winner. If the decision-makers preferred someone else ahead of her (regardless of the Q&As), then it’s a matter out of our hands. The verdict has been announced, and Puerto Rico just claimed its 2nd Miss World victory.
More than Catriona, my heart goes out to the legion of solid fans and supporters who worked hard to back her up every step of the way. I salute all of you. The feeling of sadness and disappointment may take awhile to be erased, but it will heal soon enough. It’s Christmas Week after all. 🙂
PS. A concerned US-based reader sent me this observation. Take it with a grain of salt, or charge everything to experience if you will.
“Hi Norman, you don’t know me but for some reason I was able to read your blog because of my friends link. Anyhow I was there watching the event and I was at the back of the judges basically in the center of the stage . Julia was on my left and the Indonesian was on my right. When they announced the top 20 I can already see who is in the top ten because it was already listed and it was already typewritten or printed. Now it was weird Norman that they already have the list of top five the worst thing that I’ve observed all of the sheets was collected before the final question was asked. They knew already who is the winner by that time. Morley was very caring to that Indonesian judge because she instructed the assistant to place her on the very nice area which is the center of the stage.”
Aces & Queens for Catriona Gray
Catriona during the Miss World 2016 Fashion Show
One hundred seventeen (117) candidates want to get hold of the Miss World 2016 crown. But out of this big group, I have never went out of my way to really express a whole-hearted belief in the capacity of Miss World Philippines Catriona Gray to take it all the way. I just don’t see any other delegate coming close to being a very deserving winner.
Catriona worked hard for everything that was demanded of each delegate all throughout the competition. She was honest at the beginning that the Sports Challenge was her achilles heel but promised to give her very best in all other areas of fast-track judging. And true enough, she topped Multimedia and is now seeded into the Top 20. She also performed so well in Talent and is, in fact, just behind Miss Mongolia in the ranking here. The Top Model results surprised everyone but we all know that she was in her best elements on the runway as this is where she got professionally known for. And even if she was not counted in the Top 3, there’s just no way that she would significantly lag
behind in the scoring. And more importantly, she placed in the Top 5 of Beauty With A Purpose – the core of Miss World and the fast-track segment that carries the biggest number of points to carry one representative far up the placement ladder.
Truth be told, Catriona can’t win all the fast-track events. The organizers just wouldn’t allow that to happen. But you and I know that she poured her heart in all the parts. I have never seen a Miss World Philippines rep who got so interactive with fans and followers online that my notifications almost always had her name posting something or replying to an update herself.
But why should Catriona Gray win Miss World 2016? Simple. She has the heart and soul of the Miss World Organization deeply embedded in her entire persona. Beyond the looks, queenly aura and the determination to bring honor to the Philippines, she has the right motivation to win. She knows the kind of job she will get herself into should the blue crown land on her head. It’s all about charity work and the huge platform to make a difference in the lives of others. And what makes her so special compared to other ladies who are also firm in their passion and dedication for humanity? The unstinting support of the entire Filipino nation around the world. And I firmly believe that Julia Morley and the Miss World Organization knows too well how massively powerful the Philippines can be in spreading the word and making noise everywhere.
So let me ask again. Why does Miss World Philippines deserve to be the successor of Mireia Lalaguna? Because she is Catriona Gray. I wouldn’t blog out loud if another Filipina is wearing the Philippine sash. 🙂
courtesy of TV100 PH
courtesy of Queenslandia
courtesy of Jo ‘D Mango 2.0
Miss World Philippines 2016 Catriona Gray
Catriona’s National Costume created by Francis Libiran
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. 🙂
Catriona with Miss India Priya Darshini and Miss Ireland Niamh Kennedy
Catriona singing “O Holy Night” three years ago
Wow, it’s already December 1. Christmas is really just around the next three blocks. And pageants continue to flow like clear water in our midst. Miss Supranational 2016 will have its finals tomorrow in Poland, with Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2016 and the 1st Edition of Mister Tourism World getting their turns late next week. Miss World 2016 will be on December 18 thereafter. And don’t worry, more will still happen during this Holiday month so just stay stuck.
To usher in the Yuletide Spirit, here is Miss World Philippines Catriona Gray singing a Christmas song. The video below shows Cat doing her cover version of “O, Holy Night” three years ago. Her voice has significantly matured by now and her rendition of the same tune will be different if you ask her to do a fresh version. Enjoy!
courtesy of Imagency Manila
Can you see Catriona inside one of the Christmas balls?
Miss World Philippines 2016 Catriona Gray loves giving all of us updates on her Miss World-linked Facebook page
. After making it to the Talent Semifinals, here is one of her latest posts about the shoot of the introduction video for the pageant:
CHRISTMAS + PROFILE VIDEO!
By Catriona 📍 Checked in at Washington DC, USA 🇺🇸 at 11:40am
Do you hear the sleigh bells ring? 🌲
Its that time of year ☃❄️🎄!
And here at the Hyatt Regency in D.C. this big, luminous and festive tree greets you as soon as you enter the hotel!🎄
This was the location of my contestant profile introduction video which will be released soon by Miss World 🌏! I hope that you can get a quick snapshot and learn a little bit about me when its released. 😘
Until then, here’s my #OutfitOfTheDay for my introduction video!!
Coat: Yeye Pantaleon
Turtle Neck: Forever 21
Shoes: Tony Bianco
Brooch & Earrings: Christopher Munar
I miss you Philippines 😘🇵🇭
#MW2016 #MissWorld #MissWorld2016
Join us LIVE for the GRAND FINAL on Sunday 18th December LIVE from the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland, USA 🇺🇸
Click above to visit Catriona’s Miss World Facebook Page
More about Catriona Gray soon! Don’t fail to regularly visit and interact in her Facebook page
for Miss World 2016!
Miss Philippines Catriona Gray before her talent audition
Download the Miss World App now
And so, we now begin with our support for Miss World Philippines 2016 Catriona Gray by helping her in the People’s Choice Award fast-track segment of Miss World 2016 where the winner will automatically be part of the Top 10. You can download the exclusive Miss World App on the App Store or Google Play
. I’m sure you know the drill by now. But just to be certain about it, below is an image which details the steps on how to do it.
Start voting for Catriona now!
Steps on how to vote for the People’s Choice Award