Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Miss World Philippines Catriona Gray celebrates victory in Albay
By Rhaydz B. Barcia

LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 17 (PNA) -- Newly crowned Miss World Philippines 2016 Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray trooped to her hometown in Oas, Albay, on Monday for a victory celebration before leaving for the international pageant in Washington D.C.

Gray’s mother, Normita Ragas Magnayon, a native of Barangay Ilaor, Oas town, comes from a family of musicians.

Here in Albay for a four-day visit, Gray arrived on Friday in this city where she made courtesy calls to Mayor Noel Rosal and Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara.

Albay Rep. Jose Salceda (second district) and Rep. Fernando Gonzalez (third district) lined up several events for Gray in the course of her visit to Albay that ends Monday.

Gray said while representing the country in the global arena, she would showcase the country’s economic gains in Southeast Asia, tourism destinations and rich culture and traditions.

“We have postcard-worthy destinations. We have a beautiful country and Filipinos are loving and very welcoming,” she said.

When asked to comment on President Robrigo Duterte’s rejection of the Paris climate agreement inked last December on the need to cut greenhouse gas emissions, Gray said that climate change needed long term action and the “President as a leader needs to focus on pressing issues right now.”

She said every Filipino could lessen his carbon foot prints by saving water and properly disposing of his garbage.

Gray said she had an advocacy to help raise funds to build a school in a slum area in Tondo so poor children could have access to education.

Cory Quirino, national director of Miss World Philippines, who flew in to Legazpi City along with Gray, has predicted that Gray will bring home the crown as Miss World.

She said within four hours of Gray’s winning her photo was uploaded by Miss World in its social media account, “which is an indication that Gray is an early favorite among the candidates.”

Quirino said they needed the support of Filipinos around the world to like and vote for her on social media.

“That’s why we’re so excited… grateful and we need Congressman Joey Salceda because he’s number one in social media…and helping Catriona,” she said.

Quirino called on Filipinos in the US, Canada and all over the world to go to Washington D.C. to be part of the Philippine contingent in supporting Miss Philippines in the Miss World pageant in December.

Miss World is the oldest and biggest beauty pageant in the world with 120 countries joining it. It was established in 1951 in London or one year ahead of the Miss Universe pageant. (PNA) RMA/RBB/EDS