Kasabay ng naging tagumpay bilang 2018 Miss Universe, isa ngayon sa nais ipakilala ni Catriona Gray sa buong mundo ang ganda at kultura ng Pilipinas.
Sa naganap na media conference ng Binibining Pilipinas para sa grand homecoming celebration ni Gray, isa sa mga naging usapan ang kanyang hangarin na isulong ang pa ang turismo ng Pilipinas.
“I would further develop our provinces and share more what we have to offer. Not just to publicize Boracay, Manila, and Palawan. You know, we have different beautiful places we have here in the Philippines, in Visayas and Mindanao where people do not necessarily think of to visit,” aniya sa press.
Dito, muling binalikan ni Gray ang kanyang experience noong naghahanda pa siya para sa kanyang national costume.
“When I was travelling around and researching for my National Costume, I just fell in love with how rich our culture is,” ani Catriona.
Nais din na ipagmalaki ng reigning Miss Universe ang iba pang magagandang lugar sa Pilipinas lalo na ang Mindanao.
LUZVIMINDA: "Magdiwang. Lumaban. Pagyamanin." 🇵🇭✨ LUZON-- MAGDIWANG" (Celebrate): The island group of LUZON is represented by the world-renowned "PAROL/CHRISTMAS LANTERN" from the province of Pampanga with a BRASS BORDER designed and made in Apalit, Pampanga (inspired by designs from the Philippine Baroque Churches that were declared as UNESCO Heritage Sites) At the back of the PAROL is a PAINTING with INSCRIPTION of the lyrics from "LUPANG HINIRANG", the Philippines’ National Anthem written in Baybayin (Ancient Filipino Alphabet) that literally translates to: "Lupang hinirang, Duyan ka ng magiting, Sa manlulupig Di ka pasisiil. Sa dagat at bundok, Sa simoy at sa langit mong bughaw." The PAINTING also highlighted victories, festivals, events, heroes and national icons with a style inspired by the works of Philippine National Artist Carlos "Botong" Francisco, a native of the Art Capital of the Philippines, Angono, Rizal in Luzon. VISAYAS--LUMABAN" (Fight): The island group of VISAYAS is represented by a body suit with authentic "tattoo designs" embellished with crystals derived from patterns used by the "PINTADOS" who are indigenous peoples found in various islands in this part of the Philippines. The tattoo patterns are authentic and based from the manusript "BOXER CODEX" written in 1590. The tattoos represent an individual’s journey and a public testimony recounting acts of combat, bravery, and strength, that perfectly represents the courageous and resilient Filipino spirit amidst trials we face in this day and age. MINDANAO-- “PAGYAMANIN" (Enrich): The island group of MINDANAO is represented by an authentic "HEADPIECE & BRASS ACCESSORIES" from the province of South Cotabato and customized KNEE-HIGH BOOTS with embroidered designs inspired by different indigenous textile patterns from the southern part of the Philippines, namely: Inaul, Yakan, Maranao, B'laan, Bagobo, Tausug and T'nalak. The woven textiles express a strong belief in "ancestral and natural spirits" and "cultural roots" of indigenous communities that remain well-preserved up to this day. Pilipinas, para sa iyo ang lahat ng ito. 🇵🇭 @missuniverse 🎥 @benjaminaskinas
Ayon pa kay Catriona, bukod sa natural na ganda ng Pilipinas, hangad niya mas mahalin pa ng kapwa Pilipino ang sariling bayan.
“And when people only know how much we have to offer, they will see how unique the Philippines is. And they will have reunited passion or desire to explore the Philippines not just in a tourist way, but to come how beautiful the Philippines as a nation,” pahayag pa ng Pinay Miss Universe.