A homecoming fit for a queen awaits Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray when she returns to Manila on February 20, pageant organizers announced Friday night.
Alongside her Binibining Pilipinas family, Gray will hold activities with select media and VIP guests, and participate in charitable activities with the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. chair Mrs. Stella Marquez Araneta.
One of the highlights of Gray’s return to the Philippines will be the Grand Homecoming Parade that will provide fans and all Filipinos the chance to see and support Miss Universe.
The Grand Parade will take the fourth Filipina Miss Universe to the streets of Manila and Makati on Feb. 21. Catriona will again be welcomed with a homecoming parade at the Araneta Center on Feb. 23.
Gray will return to the Smart Araneta Coliseum where her journey to the Miss Universe crown began when she became a Binibining Pilipinas queen.
A fan appreciation event will be held during her time here for fans and supporters. 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 pageant.
While Wurtzbach rode a float that resembled her blue crown during her homecoming parade in 2016, Filipinos and fans everywhere are already anticipating what the iconic float for Gray’s Metro Manila and Araneta Center parades will be.
With her crown-clinching performance on the Miss Universe stage, her now world-famous “lava walk,” and slow-mo turn, Ibong Adarna and Mt. Mayon inspired gowns, as well as a memorable final word that encouraged seeing the silver lining in every situation, Gray has captured not just the crown, but the hearts of millions of people around the globe.
Gray’s grand homecoming is supported and spearheaded by The Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. and the Araneta Center.
Observers said that the arrival of Gray only proves that the Miss Universe Philippines (MUP) title is still with the Bb. Pilipinas pageant.
Her philanthropic work and passion to give back remain her priority this year as Miss Universe.
Gray’s return to the Philippines will provide her 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.
She is also expected to visit Tondo, Manila where she has since supported Young Focus Philippines to provide access to education for children living in the area.
Pageant organizers did not say how long Gray will be staying in the Philippines.