PH bet Catriona Gray makes it to Top 5
Nineteen-year-old Stephanie Del Valle of Puerto Rico was crowned Miss World 2016 in glittering rites held at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, USA on Sunday night (Monday morning in Manila).
She was crowned by 2015’s year’s titleholder, Mireia Lalaguna of Spain. Named First Runner-Up was Miss Dominican Republic Yaritza Miguelina Reyes Ramirez, while Miss Indonesia Natasha Mannuela was Second Runner-Up.
Miss Philippines Catriona Gray finished in the Top 5, along with Miss Kenya Evelyn Njambi. Gray was included in the “fast track” winners for garnering the most number of likes for her introductory video online.
For the Question and Answer portion, Del Valle was asked by Miss World 1975 Wilnelia Lady Forsyth of Puerto Rico what she would change about the world if given the opportunity.
She replied, “If I have the opportunity to change something about the world, I think what I would do is send a message of how important it is to change exclusion for acceptance to promote and provide justice for others, and the importance of helping those in need. Thank you.”
Gray, on the other hand, received her question from the outgoing Miss World, who asked, “Which qualities do you think it will take to wear my crown?”
The Fil-Aussie model answered, “I think, first of all, it takes bravery. To be a Miss World is to carry a burning torch. It is like action carried out by one to illuminate the lives of many. And I would dedicate my whole self, my love for the arts and my voice to try to uplift, empower and educate people. And it would be my greatest honor and duty to hold this torch high enough so that all the world could fee and see its light. Thank you.”
The non-win of Gray did not sit well with beauty pageant aficionados in the Philippines and around the world who expressed on social media that on beauty and intelligence alone, she is far better than the Top 3 winners.
Gray’s trainer, Jonas Gaffud, however, posted on Facebook early Monday that Filipinos should be proud of the country’s bet Top 5 finish.
“Hey c’mon Philippines. If we won, no hatred on Facebook right? But we did not. Let’s be proud as Filipinos and pageant fans of our girl Catriona Gray. For us she will be always our Miss World. But there are other families, friends and fans who root for their girl as well. I exchanged pleasantries with an older guy who was so proud of Miss Puerto Rico and he told me, he’s the Father. I was touched by how happy he was for his daughter. Remember this: We are not alone in this world. There are others.” Gaffud ended his post with the hashtag #beasport.
Miss World 2013 Megan Young of the Philippines hosted the event, her third year in a row since 2014 when she relinquished her crown.