Miss Universe Philippines representative Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray was born on January 6, 1994. She is a Filipina-Australian who was born in Queensland to a Scottish-Australian father and a Filipino mother.
The 24-year-old beauty represents our country at the Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok, Thailand last December 17.
Recently, a video clip of her so called slow-mo twirl went viral and even gained the attention of international stars such as supermodel Tyra Banks.
The Philippines is known as one of the most active players when it comes to the beauty pageant scene. In fact, our country has taken home several awards from various international pageants throughout the years.
If you are an avid fan of the beauty competition, you may also be familiar that this is not the first time Catriona Gray represented the Philippines in a beauty pageant. In fact, she was also the representative of the country last year for Miss World 2016 where she landed at the top 5.
The multi-talented beauty pageant titleholder is also an advocate, television host, model, and singer all rolled into one.
For a woman like her, keeping up with all of her commitments and projects is not easy. But Catriona does all of these things with the help and support of her family, and of course, her longtime boyfriend, Clint Bondad, who is also supporting her every step of the way.
In fact, before she joined Miss World 2016, Catriona shared that her boyfriend has been very supportive and she is so grateful for having him. In an interview with PEP.ph or Philippine Entertainment Portal, she said.
“He’s very proud, yes. We’ve been together for a long time na. We’re more than four years together. He’s been with me through a lot of things in my life. He’s very, very supportive. I’m so grateful for him. That’s what I want in a partner, someone that would push me to be better, to challenge myself and support me all the way and he really does.”
Clint Bondad is a Filipino-German actor-model who was a member of ASAP’s defunct group, the Coverboys.
Now, Catriona and Clint have been together for six years. Despite their busy schedules, they still manage to do some charity work together such as the anniversary of “Yung Focus Gratitude” which is a community in Tondo, Manila. Aside from that, the couple has also been seen traveling the world together recently.
He is also Catriona’s number one fan and supporter. The 33-year old sweet boyfriend almost always manages to bring her to the airport whenever she leaves.
On his Instagram account, Clint even posted a photo of him and his queen on their sixth year anniversary. The photo was captioned with this sweet message.
“The day we celebrated 6 years. Funny we never realized that our anniversary was on the Independence Day of the. Ironically however is that we instead lost our independence… but won an amazing journey together that I personally wouldn’t exchange for anything. @catriona_gray you have given me an amazing 6 years. You supported me literally in my weakest moments but also kept me from becoming a complete idiot. You are the woman that a kind of man like me needs. Strong, viciously intelligent and not afraid to speak up.”
Today, the whole country is celebrating as she claimed the Miss Universe crown for 2018. Catriona Gray is now the fourth Filipina who was able to bring home the crown for the Miss Universe competition.