Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray made her final walk as Binibining Pilipinas-Universe on Sunday, June 5. The beauty queen also gave a heartfelt speech before she passed the crown to the next Filipina to represent the country on the Miss Universe stage.
In her speech, Catriona shared three "mountains" she needed to conquer before reaching her dreams. She said that the first one was "conquering herself."
"I had to overcome the fear that comes from within, the fear of falling short, the fear of failure, the fear of not measuring up. But I conquered my fear with faith. Faith that God had purposely set me on this path and that He would not give me a burden too heavy to carry, and faith on myself because I knew that I was not perfect but I knew that I was determined,” she stated.
The second one was “conquering others.”
Catriona said, “There were so many times that people told me that I would fail. I was told that it was too soon for another Miss Universe from the Philippines. I was body-shamed and I was put down but I conquered others by surrounding myself with people who uplifted me, supported me and mentored me. My team Catriona was my backbone and safe place.”
The last "mountain" she had to overcome was “conquering for the purpose.”
She stated, “What was the point of all of this? Who I was doing this for? I looked at the lettering on my heart that said Philippines and I felt its weight knowing its history, challenges and triumphs of the Filipino people. I thought of the children of Tondo and my countrymen.”
The Miss Universe concluded her speech saying that anyone could conquer the universe if he or she learns to conquer these "mountains."
“I may only be a one person but now I have the opportunity to serve a hundred and four million Filipinos and I knew that I was doing this para sa Pilipinas. Inside each and everyone of us is a king and a queen with the ability to conquer the universe whatever that maybe for you. But we must first conquer ourselves, conquer what others perceive of us and finally conquer with a purpose, to conquer our dreams,” she remarked.