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2019, February 27.  Catriona Gray - Miss Universe 2018

Litho Offset, Amstar Printing Company, Inc.,  Perf 14

Singles (Jumbo-sized), Miniature Sheets of 40;  Souvenir Sheets of One (with embellishments)



12p  Portrait - Catriona Gray - Singles  (50,000)


55p Souvenir Sheets of One - 4,000


Designer:  Rodine Teodoro


First Day Covers:  Manila





Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray is a Filipino-Australian model, stage actress, singer, visual artist, and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe 2018. She is the fourth Filipina to win the pageant. Previously, Gray was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2018 and Miss World Philippines 2016.

Gray was born in Cairns, Queensland to a Scottish-born father, Ian Gray, from Fraserburgh, and a Filipina mother, Normita Ragas Magnayon, from Oas, Albay. Gray is reportedly named after her paternal grandmother, Catherine Gray (née Ross), an immigrant to Western Australia from Scotland in 1952 and Elsa Magnayon (née Ragas), her maternal grandmother from Oas, Albay, Philippines.

Gray was a student at Trinity Anglican School in Cairns where she was a house captain and a school chorister.  She received a master's certificate in music theory from the online school of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.  In addition, she obtained a certificate in outdoor recreation and a black belt in Choi Kwang-Do martial arts.  Further, Gray was lead singer of her school's jazz band; she also starred in local productions of Miss Saigon. After graduating from high school, she moved to Manila where she worked as a commercial model.

Miss Universe 2018.  Gray represented the Philippines in the 2018 Miss Universe contest on 17 December 2018 held at IMPACT Arena, Muang Thong Thani in Nonthaburi Province, Thailand. During the first question and answer round, Gray was asked by host Steve Harvey, "Canada recently joined Uruguay as the second nation in the world to make marijuana legal. What is your opinion on the legalization of marijuana?"  She responded:  “I’m for it being used for medical use, but not for recreational use. Because I think if people were to argue: Then what about alcohol and cigarettes? Well, everything is good but in moderation.”

At the end of the event, Gray won the competition and was crowned by her predecessor, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa. She is the fourth Filipina Miss Universe after Gloria Diaz in 1969, Margarita Moran in 1973 and Pia Wurtzbach in 2015.  (





  •   Beauty Pageants / Miss Universe




Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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