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Albay prepares grand homecoming for Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray

Dec 17, 2018 - 5:09 PM

The province of Albay plans to roll out the red carpet to welcome Miss Universe Catriona Gray, whose mother is a native of Oas town

THE QUEEN. Filipina Catriona Gray beams after being crowned the new Miss Universe 2018 on December 17, 2018 in Bangkok. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA/AFP)

What the stars are saying about Catriona Gray’s Miss Universe 2018 win

Dec 17, 2018 - 4:32 PM

Celebrities send their congratulations to the new queen

THE NEW QUEEN. Catriona Gray greets the crowd as she attends her first press conference as Miss Universe 2018. Photo by Voltaire Tayag/Rappler

Here are Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray's winning answers

Dec 17, 2018 - 4:28 PM

What did you think of the newly-crowned Miss Universe 2018's answers for each segment?

Catriona Gray on winning Miss Universe 2018: The best Christmas gift for PH

Dec 17, 2018 - 3:49 PM

'Mga kababayan ko, I’m happy to give you the best Christmas gift ever," says the newly crowned Miss Universe

Miss World congratulates Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray

Dec 17, 2018 - 2:43 PM

'Miss Universe organisation you have a great winner!' says the Miss World pageant's official account

MISS UNIVERSE. Catriona Gray, Miss Philippines 2018 on stage in fashion by Sherri Hill with host Steve Harvey. Photo from HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Lawmakers give the most Miss Universe statements on Catriona Gray's win

Dec 17, 2018 - 1:53 PM

(UPDATED) Legislators congratulate Catriona Gray for her victory in the Miss Universe pageant, calling the Bicolana 'truly Daragang Magayon'

MISS UNIVERSE. Catriona Gray of the Philippines (L) is congratulated by by Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters while being crowned as the new Miss Universe 2018 on December 17, 2018 in Bangkok. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Philippines' Catriona Gray is Miss Universe 2018 | Midday wRap

Dec 17, 2018 - 1:42 PM

Watch Rappler’s Midday newscast with Angelo Gonzales

LOOK: Pia Wurtzbach and Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray share a moment

Dec 17, 2018 - 1:42 PM

So much beauty queen realness in a photo!

PINAY PRIDE. The former and reigning Miss Universe queens share a photo after the coronation on December 17. Screenshot from Instagram.com/piawurtzbach

Catriona and the Silver Linings: Social media explodes with Miss Universe 2018 memes

Dec 17, 2018 - 1:31 PM

We 'lava' all these clever memes about newly crowned Catriona Gray and her fellow pageant ladies

She didn't win the crown, but Spain’s Angela Ponce captivates netizens

Dec 17, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Netizens celebrate Angela Ponce's stint at the Miss Universe pageant

Who is Catriona Gray, Miss Universe 2018?

Dec 17, 2018 - 1:15 PM

Meet your new queen!

MISS UNIVERSE 2018. Catriona Gray becomes the fourth Filipina to bring home the Miss Universe crown. Photo courtesy of The Miss Universe Organization

IN PHOTOS: Catriona Gray wins Miss Universe 2018

Dec 17, 2018 - 12:44 PM

Which Catriona Gray moment was your favorite?

LOOK: Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray wears 'Three Stars and the Sun' ear cuff

Dec 17, 2018 - 12:12 PM

The familiar accessory makes an appearance as Catriona is crowned Miss Universe 2018

Catriona Gray of the Philippines smiles after being crowned the new Miss Universe 2018 on December 17, 2018 in Bangkok. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Malacañang, VP congratulate Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray

Dec 17, 2018 - 11:42 AM

(UPDATED) 'Ms Gray’s triumph sets the bar high in empowering more Filipino women to believe in themselves and to fight for their own place in the universe,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

Catriona Gray, Miss Philippines 2018 is crowned Miss Universe at the conclusion of the three-hour special programming event on FOX at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at the IMPACT Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. The new winner will move to New York City where she will live during her reign and become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

LOOK: Catriona Gray wears a 'Mayon' gown in Miss Universe 2018

Dec 17, 2018 - 11:08 AM

Presenting the 'Mayon' dress by Mak Tumang

Philippines' Catriona Gray is Miss Universe 2018

Dec 17, 2018 - 10:57 AM

She bests 93 other ladies in the Miss Universe 2018 pageant

FOURTH CROWN. Catriona Gray of Philippines reacts as she is crowned the new Miss Universe 2018 by Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters on December 17, 2018 in Bangkok. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

TRANSCRIPT: Miss Universe 2018 opening statements, Q&A, final word

Dec 17, 2018 - 10:41 AM

Which answer was your favorite?

Angela Ponce makes history: 'I don't need to win Miss Universe. I only need to be here.'

Dec 17, 2018 - 10:07 AM

'I always say: having a vagina didn't transform me into a woman. I am a woman, already before birth, because my identity is here'

MAKING HISTORY. She failed to make the cut, but Angela Ponce is a queen in all ways. Photo from the Miss Universe Organization

Catriona Gray at Miss Universe 2018: Ambassador for PH culture, design

Dec 16, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The spotlight is on Catriona Gray – and she sure is making the most of it

Catriona Gray, Miss Philippines 2018 attends the Royal Winter Festival in Bangkok, Thailand on December 8th. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in Bangkok, Thailand. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, December 16, 2018 from the IMPACT Arena in Bangkok, Thailand to see who will become the next Miss Universe. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Catriona Gray on viral 'lava walk': 'This is insane'

Dec 16, 2018 - 4:01 PM

She can't believe Tyra Banks' reaction to her viral pageant walk either

Filipino designers take spotlight in Miss Universe 2018 preliminaries

Dec 16, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Here are all the world-class designs

Miss Universe 2018: Catriona Gray's chances and other top picks

Dec 15, 2018 - 1:00 PM

'The Philippines’ Catriona Gray leads way ahead of the pack... but as we all know too well, pageants can be very unpredictable'

Faeldon’s son nabbed in drug bust | Evening wRap

Dec 14, 2018 - 9:26 PM

Watch Rappler's evening wRap with Quita Chuatico

WATCH: Catriona Gray talks music, dreams in Miss Universe intro video

Dec 14, 2018 - 9:23 PM

A radiant Catriona talks about her passion for music

Beauty queen from slum is crowned Miss Venezuela

Dec 14, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Isabella Rodriguez is set to represent the country in 2019

Isabella Rodriguez (L) representative of the Portuguesa state is crowned as the new Miss Venezuela during the Miss Venezuela beauty pageant in Caracas, Venezuela on December 13, 2018. - Twenty-four contestants from all Venezuelan states participate in the contest. (Photo by YURI CORTEZ / AFP)

Miss Spain breaking barriers as first transgender Miss Universe hopeful

Dec 14, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Angela Ponce is making history since the pageant reversed a longstanding policy in 2012 that participants must be "naturally born" women

Angela Ponce, Miss Spain 2018 on stage during the National Costume Show, an international tradition where contestants display an authentic costume of choice that best represents the culture of their home country, on December 10th at Nongnooch Pattaya International Convention Exhibition (NICE). The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in Bangkok, Thailand. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, December 16, 2018 from the IMPACT Arena in Bangkok, Thailand to see who will become the next Miss Universe. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

HIGHLIGHTS: Miss Universe 2018 coronation

Dec 14, 2018 - 6:14 PM

All eyes are on Thailand on December 17! Get updates here.

NEW QUEEN. Catriona Gray brings home the 4th Miss Universe crown for the Philippines. Photo courtesy of the Miss Universe Organization

Miss USA apologizes over 'xenophobic' remarks vs Miss Cambodia, Miss Vietnam

Dec 14, 2018 - 1:00 PM

'My life, friendships, and career revolve around me being a compassionate and empathetic woman. I would never intend to hurt another,' says Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers

KISS AND MAKE UP. Miss USA apologizes following backlash over what some say were 'xenophobic' comments made about Miss Cambodia and Miss Vietnam. Photo from Miss Australia's Instagram

What you need to know about Catriona Gray's 'Ibong Adarna'-inspired evening gown

Dec 14, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Mak Tumang shares photos of gown-making process

IN PHOTOS: Catriona Gray at the Miss Universe 2018 preliminary competition

Dec 13, 2018 - 9:55 PM

We still can't get over that slow-mo turn!

Screenshot from the Miss Universe livestream

LOOK: Designer Mak Tumang's sketches of Catriona Gray's Miss Universe 2018 evening gowns

Dec 13, 2018 - 11:50 AM

The designs are inspired by characters from Philippine literature

IN PHOTOS: All the eye-catching national costumes at Miss Universe 2018

Dec 12, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Minimalism is definitely not the name of the game at the Miss Universe national costume competition

Miss Universe 2018 will have all-female panel of judges

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:12 PM

Filipino-American designer Monique Lhullier Miss Universe winners Michelle Mclean and Bui Simon are among this year's judges

IN PHOTOS: Catriona Gray's Miss Universe 2018 national costume

Dec 10, 2018 - 10:11 PM

Catriona's national costume represents Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao

WATCH: Catriona Gray showcases PH's rich heritage in new video

Dec 09, 2018 - 1:45 PM

From the Philippines to the Universe, Catriona presents 'This is the Philippines'

CHRISTMAS PAROL. Catriona Gray shows Luzon's culture in the video 'This is The Philippines.' All screenshots from YouTube/Cat'elle

#XXXWAD: Catriona Gray, PH celebs rally together in fight to end AIDS

Dec 06, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Local celebs take part in The Red Whistle's #XXXWAD campaign in honor of the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day

IN PHOTOS: PH culture, textiles take spotlight in Catriona Gray's Miss Universe outfits

Dec 05, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Catriona shows her love for Philippine textiles in her Miss Universe outfits

LOOK: Catriona Gray and Indonesia's Sonia Fergina Citra are roommates

Nov 30, 2018 - 2:59 PM

'Go over and send her some love,' Catriona writes

LOOK: Catriona Gray is off to Thailand for Miss Universe 2018

Nov 29, 2018 - 12:15 PM

Catriona is ready to conquer Thailand!

'Daily Mail' touts PH bet Catriona Gray as 'tipped to take Miss Universe crown'

Nov 28, 2018 - 4:51 PM

Catriona is compared to Miss Universe 2004 Jennifer Hawkins

IN PHOTOS: PH bets' national costumes at the Miss Universe pageant

Nov 26, 2018 - 2:30 PM

From the terno to sarimanok, here's a roundup of the national costumes of the Philippines from 1999 to 2017

Catriona Gray gets candid on 'The Bottomline' interview

Nov 25, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Catriona gives her take on mental health, education, and feminism

IN PHOTOS: Miss Universe 2018 national costumes

Nov 25, 2018 - 9:44 AM

From bahn mi to Sailor Moon... which one's your favorite so far?

Catriona Gray and Jehza Huelar are ready for their beauty battles

Nov 15, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Catriona is set to leave for Thailand, while Jehza is off to Poland

Photos by Voltaire Tayag/Rappler

Miss Universe 2018 to be held in Thailand

Jul 31, 2018 - 4:35 PM

This is the 3rd time for Thailand to host the pageant

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Miss South Africa 2017 is crowned Miss Universe at the conclusion of the three-hour special programming event on FOX at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, November 26th from the AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The new winner will move to New York City where she will live during her reign and become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

What Catriona Gray thinks of a transwoman competing in Miss Universe 2018

Jul 03, 2018 - 10:22 PM

Catriona says she has no problem competing with Spain's Angela Ponce, who won the title last week

Transwoman wins Miss Universe Spain 2018

Jun 30, 2018 - 4:24 PM

Angela Ponce will represent Spain in the Miss Universe pageant, set to take place by the end of the year

PH won't host Miss Universe in 2018, says DOT chief Romulo-Puyat

May 16, 2018 - 6:56 PM

(UPDATED) 'Maybe maghintay-hintay muna tayo. Baka there are other programs that we can implement other than Miss Universe,' Puyat says

Newly installed Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat arrives at the DOT office in Makati City on May 15, 2018. Puyat urged the undersecretary and assistant secretary to file a courtesy resignation for the agency to start anew following the demand of President Rodrigo Duterte of no corruption in the DOT. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Catriona Gray talks about doing her own interview for a newspaper

May 11, 2018 - 9:20 AM

Catriona's story on the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program will come out in a daily broadsheet

New DOT Sec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat on hosting Miss Universe: 'Tignan muna natin'

May 09, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Puyat makes the comment in a TV show amid reports that the country will host the 2018 edition

Photo by Alecs Ongcal