Grand home­com­ing awaits Miss Uni­verse Ca­tri­ona Gray

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A home­com­ing fit for a queen is what awaits Miss Uni­verse 2018 Ca­tri­ona Gray when she re­turns to the Philip­pines in Fe­bru­ary. Gray, who re­sides 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 Fe­bru­ary 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 pri­or­ity among her role this year as Miss Uni­verse. Her re­turn to the Philip­pines will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to visit and sup­port or­ga­ni­za­tions close to her heart such as Love Your­self, an or­ga­ni­za­tion fo­cused on ad­vo­cat­ing for HIV/Aids ed­u­ca­tion and test­ing; and Smile Train, an in­ter­na­tional char­ity that sup­ports 10 0per­cent-free cleft re­pair surgery and care for chil­dren in un­der­priv­i­leged com­mu­ni­ties. Ad­di­tion­ally, Gray is ex­pected to make a visit Tondo, Manila where she has since sup­ported Young Fo­cus Philip­pines to 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 and sup­port Miss Uni­verse through their at­ten­dance. The Grand Pa­rade will take the reign­ing Miss Uni­verse to the streets of Manila and Makati on Fe­bru­ary 21. Ca­tri­ona will again be wel­comed with a home­com­ing pa­rade in Araneta Cen­ter on Fe­bru­ary 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 Pia 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 Ca­tri­ona’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, Ca­tri­ona has cap­tured not just the crown, but the hearts of mil­lions of people world­wide.

Ca­tri­ona Gray’s grand home­com­ing is sup­ported and spear­headed by The Binib­in­ing Pilip­inas Char­i­ties Inc. and the Araneta Cen­ter.

For more up­dates, visit www.bbpilip­ and fol­low its so­cial me­dia pages, @re­albbpilip­inas on Face­book and Twit­ter and @bbpilip­ina­sof­fi­cial on In­sta­gram.

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