Catriona Gray to represent PH in Miss World 2016
By: Arvin Matuguinas Cabachete | Writer & Correspondent
Managing Editor: Raymund Golez
Photos: JR Noses | Chief Photojournalist & Photo Editor
Renowned top model and heavy favorite, Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray from Albay wins Miss World Philippines 2016 in the recently concluded coronation night held at the Tent City of the Manila Hotel on October 2, 2016. She will now represent the Philippines in the Miss World beauty pageant and will try her best to bring home the second crown for the country, after Megan Young’s victory in 2013. Miss World 2016 will be held in Washington, DC, U.S.A. on the 20th of December.
Completing the royal court of Miss World Philippines 2016 are:
1st Princess: Arianne Louise Braga Calingo, Pampanga
2nd Princess: Ivana Kamil Suficiencia Pacis, Makati City
3rd Princess: Marah Muñoz, Parañaque City
4th Princess: Sandra Lemonon, Pasig City
Apart from the crown, Catriona bagged six out of seven major special awards namely: Miss Manila Hotel, Miss Hannah, Best in Fashion Runway, Best in Swimsuit, Best in Evening Gown and Best in Fashion Runway. Miss Photogenic was awarded to Sandra Lemonon.
Considered as top favorite, Catriona also won special awards during the Miss World Philippines gala charity night last week. She was named Miss Organique, Miss Figilia, Miss Folded & Hung and Miss Talent.
When asked why she should be Miss World Philippines, Gray said, “To be a Miss World is to be passed a torch that burns with passion and purpose. If I am to become Miss World Philippines, I will dedicate my voice and essence to carry that torch and to set charitable causes alight, such as my personal advocacy, the Paraiso Bright Beginnings Project. And I would focus on passing on this torch to empower others because I believe together there is no darkness in this world that our light cannot overcome.”
Rounding up the top 12 semifinalists are:
• Sarah Margarette Joson, Manila
• Shenna Mae Monroyo Zaldivar, Dapitan City
• Yuri Yu Caunca, Las Piñas City
• Arah Alvero Salientes, San Fernando, Pampanga
• Ralph Lauren Hernandez Asuncion, Batangas City
• Kristine Gaile Reyes Lopez, Bulacan
• Alyana Mikaela Cagandahan, Laguna
The coronation night was hosted by Richard Gutierrez, Gwendoline Ruais (Miss World 2011 1st Princess) and Queenierich Rehman (Miss World 2012 Top 15 finalist). Rachel Louise Peters (Miss World Philippines 2014 4th Princess) and Lauren Reid (Viva artist) served as color commentators.
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