Grand homecoming for Catriona Gray

A homecoming fit for a queen is what awaits Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Graywhen she returns to the Philippines. Gray, who is based in New York City during her reign, has been fulfilling her duties as Miss Universe and is set to fly back to the country on Feb. 20. Alongside her Binibining Pilipinas family, Gray will hold activities with select media and VIP guests, and participate in charitable activities with the BPCI Chair, Stella Marquez Araneta.

Gray’s philanthropic work and passion to give back remains a priority this year as Miss Universe. 

Catriona Gray, Miss Universe 2018

Catriona Gray, Miss Universe 2018

Her return to the Philippines will provide an opportunity to visit and support organizations close to her heart such as LoveYourself, an organization focused on advocating for HIV/Aids education and testing; and Smile Train, an international charity that supports 100 percent-free cleft repair surgery and care for children in underprivileged communities. Additionally, Gray is expected to visit Tondo, Manila where she has been supporting Young Focus Philippines, a group that helps provide access to education for children living in the area.

A highlight of Gray’s return to the Philippines will be the Grand Homecoming Parade that will provide fans and all Filipinos the opportunity to see Miss Universe. 

The Grand Parade will take the reigning Miss Universe to the streets of Manila and Makati on Feb. 21. Catriona will again be welcomed with a homecoming parade in Araneta Center on Feb. 23. 

Gray will return to the Smart Araneta Coliseum where her journey to the Miss Universe crown began when she won the Binibining Pilipinas Universe title.

A fan appreciation event will be held. Additionally, people can expect a celebration as grand as the one given to Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, who ended a four-decade hiatus for the Philippines in the international beauty pageant. 

While Pia rode a float that resembled her blue crown during her homecoming parade in 2016, Filipinos and fans everywhere are already anticipating what Catriona’s float will look like. 

With her crown-clinching performance on the Miss Universe stage, her now world-famous “lava walk,” and slow-moturn, Ibong Adarna and Mt. Mayon inspired gowns, as well as a memorable final word that encouraged seeing the silver lining in every situation, Catriona has captured not just the crown, but the hearts of millions of people worldwide.