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Albay prepares for victory homecoming for Catriona Gray, Miss World PH 2016

Rhaydz B. Barcia
Newly crowned Miss World Philippines 2016 Catriona Gray is from Oas town in Albay

RECOGNITION. Albay is set to give a victory homecoming for Miss World Philippines 2016 Catriona Gray. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines – Representatives Joey Salceda (2nd District) and Fernando Gonzalez (3rd District) of Albay are preparing for victory homecoming for Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray, 22, newly crowned Miss World Philippines 2016, a native of Oas town in Albay.

Gray, daughter of Normita Ragas Magnayon from Oas town, bested 24 candidates across the country in the beauty pageant competition over the weekend held at Manila Hotel.

Two Albayanas won in the pageant on Sunday – Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray, 22, and Marah Muñoz (3rd Princess), a native of Pantao, Libon, Albay.

Mayor Domingo Escoto of Oas town said the Sangguniang Bayan will be passing a resolution commending Gray for bringing honor to their hometown.

He said that Gray’s family stayed in Oas town before migrating to another country. “Catriona’s clan in Oas are musicians and from respected family. We’re preparing for victory homecoming for our very own beauty queen,” Escoto said.

Escoto said that they will invite Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray to visit in their town before representing the country in the international beauty pageant to be held in Washington DC in December.

The Albayanos lauded the triumphs of two Albayana beauties who excelled in the competition over the weekend.

For over a decade now, Bicol region, specifically Albay province, has been producing many talents from various fields, including the pageant world.

During the term of former Albay governor and now Representative Joey Salceda, he created the Albay Pageant Academy led by former senior lady board member Glenda Ong-Bongao producing several beauty titlists in national and international competitions. – Rappler.com