The Philippines outgoing Miss Universe Catriona Gray also bid the pageant a touching and meaningful farewell, both stunning and regal in a blue Mak Tumang gown. Tumang is the same designer who triumphantly dressed Gray in her now iconic Miss Universe “Adarna” and “Mayon” gowns, fittingly naming her farewell gown, “Reflection.”
In her speech, Gray took the opportunity to reiterate her advocacies and thank everyone who played a part in her journey as Miss Universe, especially the Filipino people.
Here’s the transcript of Catriona’s final message as Miss Universe:
I’ve always believe that as women, we have the power to redefine our generation. When we raise our voices together, the words “women power” become more than just a phrase – they become a movement. I wanted my reign to be a year with purpose. From advocating for quality education for all to raising awareness for HIV/AIDs, I’ve strived to use my voice for good.
Thank you to mom and dad for always believing in me, to Paula and Esther for your mentorship, the Miss Universe organization, and to team Catriona, thank you from the bottom of my heart. And to my beloved Philippines, isang [karangalan] po ito. You endlessly inspire me and give me hope. Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat. Above all, thank you God. I lift everything up to glorify and honor you.
As I close this chapter, I do so with a grateful heart. To everyone with a dream, know that your dreams are valid, and on your path you are never denied, and only redirected.