IN PHOTOS: Catriona Gray celebrates with fans in ‘Raise Your Flag’ show

Alexa Villano

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IN PHOTOS: Catriona Gray celebrates with fans in ‘Raise Your Flag’ show


Past Miss Universe Philippines winners also appear to show support

MANILA, Philippines – Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray thanked her fans and supporters during a special dubbed Raise Your Flag at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, February 24.

The program kicked off with Jed Madela, the TNT Boys, and Morrissette Amon performing with the ABS-CBN Orchestra. The show was hosted by Boy Abunda.

PERFORMANCE. Jed Madela, the TNT Boys, and Morrissette Amon onstage.


Catriona came out dressed in a pink top and pants by Jearson Demavivas. She cried as her parents Ian and Mita Gray came out to surprise her.


REUNION. Ian and Mita Gray surprise their daughter onstage.

MISS UNIVERSE. Catriona Gray in Jearson Demavivas.


In between numbers, a video about Catriona’s training for Binibining Pilipinas and Miss Universe was shown. In it too was young star Maymay Etrata.

In the video, Catriona spoke about the why she finally made the decision to try pageantry again after her Miss World stint.

Catriona also led a fashion show featuring past Miss Universe Philippines winners and Bb Pilipinas queens. They all walked the runway in red outfits by various designers. Catriona wore her now-iconic “Mayon” gown by Mak Tumang. 


ON THE RISE. Mamay Etrata.

NEXT IN LINE? Bb Pilipinas 2018 2nd runner-up Samantha Bernardo.

LOOKING GOOD. Bb Pilipinas 2018 1st runner-up Vickie Rushton.

STUNNING. Bb Pilipinas Globe 2018 Michele Gumabao

SUPRANATIONAL. Bb Pilipinas Supranational 2018 Jehza Huelar.

QUEEN READY. Bb Pilipinas 2017 1st runner-up Angelica Alita.

THE BEGINNING. Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up Venus Raj.

SLEEK AND PRETTY. Miss Universe 2011 3rd runner-up Shamcey Supsup-Lee.

ROCK THAT SUIT. Miss Universe 2013 3rd runner-up Ariella Arida.

MJ ALL THE WAY. Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa.

PEARL OF THE ORIENT. Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina.

SEXY IN RED. Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters.

HAIL TO THE QUEEN. Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach.

ON FIRE. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray.


Vice Ganda was also present, and did a one-on-one with Catriona. In the segment, Catriona answered questions – the crowd laughed non-stop.

HOT SEAT. Catriona find herself in the hot seat as Vice Ganda fires questions during his segment.

GOT YOU. Catriona makes a funny gesture as Vice Ganda looks on.


Bamboo also serenaded Catriona, who changed into another Mak Tumang creation – the “Perla Oriente.


ROCK ON. Bamboo serenades Catriona and the crowd.

PERLA ORIENTE. Catriona Gray in another gown by Mak Tumang.


Catriona also shared time onstage with children from Young Focus, an organization Catriona has been working with for several years. The show closed with the debut of the song “Raise Your Flag” by KZ Tandigan and Kritiko.


MOTIVATOR. Catriona's inspiration for Miss Universe, the kids of Young Focus Philippines.

RAISE YOUR FLAG. Catriona makes a gesture of thanks during the closing of the show.

THE END. Catriona thanks the crowd at the show.

Catriona is scheduled to visit her chosen charities and pay courtesy calls to the Senate, Office of the Vice President, and the Department of Tourism in the coming days. –

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Alexa Villano

Alexa is one of Rappler's Lifestyle and Entertainment reporters, covering local entertainment news to a wide range of topics from beauty pageants to reality shows.