Catriona Gray’s pin she used during the preliminary competition of the Miss Universe 2018, was auctioned to raise funds for COVID-19 mass testing in the country. A bidder offered 250,000 pesos as the auction closed on Thursday, June 11.
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From 20,000 pesos, a bidder offered a value more than ten times the starting amount at the Shop & Share online fundraiser of some of the biggest names in showbiz including Angel Locsin, Anne Curtis, Bea Alonzo, and Dimples Romana.
According to Catriona, while the pin holds a special place in her heart, she decided to let go of it for a bigger purpose — a cause amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in the country.
"My MU candidate pin that I wore in the prelims of Miss Universe means so much to me, but I've decided to dedicate to a cause," she wrote in an Instagram stories post.
She added: “It’s currently up for auction. All proceeds going towards aiding the government's efforts to provide mass testing.”
Meanwhile, other celebrities who took part in Shop & Share initiative were Pia Wurtzbach, Regine Velasquez, and Vice Ganda.