Throngs of Crowd Celebrates the Homecoming of Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray

Throngs of crowd from all walks of life had went to the victory and homecoming parade of Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray.

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performers and majorettes waiting for the arrival of Ms. Catriona Gray

Some of the participants are from far flung places and provinces. One of the well wishers came all the way from Laguna province just to be able to make it to the parade.

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Miss Universe 2018 float with PNP officers

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Binibining Pilipinas flag with majorettes

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Ms. Aira Legazpi proudly waives a Philippine flag and wears a mikimoto crown replica

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students on top of truck

There were a lot of students from nearby schools, universities and colleges, who went and lined the parade route. Some of them have endured long hours and skipped their classes just to join the celebration.

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throngs of crowd at the amazing theater ground, CCP complex , Pasay City

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fans, well wishers and media

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fans wear red t-shirts with homemade placards

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students and employees from Arellano University, Pasay

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fans, employees, students and hotel staffs near Sofitel Hotel

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PLDT Home fibr truck along Roxas boulevard

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Catriona Gray waiving to her well wishers and fans

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray modern Filipiñiana costume with embroidered  sampaguita and anahaw palm leaves with stylized pañuelo (large handkerchief)  and butterfly  sleeves was designed by Mr. Mak Tumang’s atelier. The float had large mikimoto crown was designed by Mr. Fritz Silorio, who also did the float of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach.

A smaller float will be created for the Araneta Center homecoming parade this coming Saturday February 24, 2019.

 

Program Activities set for Homecoming of Ms. Catriona Gray

Ms. Catriona Gray fever has been stirring up with fans creating her likeness in dolls, pastry, sketches and paintings to show their love, admiration and support for the reigning Miss Universe 2018.

There will be road closure and traffic rerouting according to MMDA and local government. Thousands of well wishers and fans will be lining the parade routes.

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Press Conference

Prior to the parade, there will be a press conference prior to the parade. The press conference is strictly by invitation only.

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Parade Routes

According to the Binibining Pilipinas Twitter and FB account, The parade will kick off at the Hotel Sofitel grounds within Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Pasay City, the float parade will proceed to Roxas Boulevard, Kalaw Avenue in Manila, Taft Avenue, Buendia Avenue at around past 2:00pm passing Manila, Pasay and end on Ayala Avenue in Makati City.

On February 23, Saturday, Catriona will have another parade, this time at the Novotel Hotel within Araneta Center, in Quezon City where her journey to the Miss Universe crown started. Festivities and parade start at 4:00 p.m.

Charity Events

Young Focus, LoveYourself PH and Smile Train, organizations closest to her heart. This is in coordination with Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. and Miss Universe organization.

Courtesy Call

A courtesy call is set for number of top officials which is led by Vice President Leni Robredo. Last year, Catriona Gray paid a short courtesy call to President Rodrigo Duterte.

Television Appearances

Ms. Catriona Gray will be guesting in several television programs and some photo shoot will be held.

Stamp Launching

Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPOST) will be launching a special stamps and first day covers on February 27, 2019 to commemorate the rare feat. However no advisory was given if she will grace the occasion.

 

 

 

 

 

Sanib Puwersa: Philippine Bonsai Society Exhibition at Podium

Philippine Bonsai Society Inc. in partnership with several bonsai associations in the country will be having their exhibition, public lectures and demonstrations.

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The bonsai exhibition is dubbed as ” Sanib Puwersa ” with over 34 bonsai societies from different parts of the country. This also coincide with the organization’s 47th anniversary.

The entrance is FREE and the exhibition will be from February 22-24 2019. There will be lectures or demonstration about bonsai every day at 3pm.

A Visit to Saint Joseph the Worker Parish in North Caloocan

We were able to visit one of the parishes which form part of the Archdiocese of Novaliches. Camarin is part of the large Tala estate, which is the former name of the place. That was before Novaliches was formed in 1855.

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mid-century houses

Old time residents would refer the old etymology as reference for the clear stars, during night-time.

The locality used to have large storage for grains and rice which is called ” Camarin“. Fruit bearing trees like caimito, duhat, mangoes, santol, jackfruit, saba banana, malunggay and lowland vegetables are commonly planted even up to the late 1980’s.

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sari-sari store with local biscuits, candies and toys for sale ( beside Camarin Elementary School )

The population within the area since late 1940’s to early 1970’s continue to grow. There is the growing migration from parts of Novaliches, Caloocan, Quezon City and nearby areas.

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cheap toys, plastic toys and school supplies are also sold at this small ambulant store

Some are transient visitors and informal settlers which were relocated in the area during the early 1970’s up the mid- 1990’s. North Caloocan Cityhall annex is also built within few kilometers away to serve the people.

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North Caloocan Cityhall compound

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Saint Joseph the Worker Parish facade made from cement , adobe and modern stained glass windows

History

In 1945, after World War II ended, Rev. Fr. Anthony Leo Hofstee, O.P. was assigned Army Chaplain of the American soldiers stationed in the Philippines. In 1953, the construction of the Tala-Barracks church was made possible through his initiative.

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Saint Joseph the Worker Parish signage

Old time residents, would recount that a small chapel was made in the mid 1950’s was made from light materials.

Fr. Hofstee requested Dr. Leandro Uyguanco, then the Director of the Central Luzon Sanitarium (now Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital), to donate a portion of the hospital lot where a chapel could be built. At that time, people who lived outside the premises of the leprosarium had to go inside to hear Mass.

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main altar

When the Ascension of Our Lord Parish (AOLP) in Lagro, Novaliches was established with Fr. Walter de Vilder, CICM as its first Parish Priest under the jurisdiction of the Ecclesial District of Quezon City, the St. Joseph the Worker Church was placed under AOLP with 11 other Sub-Parishes in Caloocan City.

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interior of the parish

Under the auspices of Holy Cross Parish Acting Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Romeo M. Gaviño, SOLT, the Archdiocese of Manila finally decided to establish the St. Joseph the Worker Parish on November 12, 1997 in response to the growing needs and number of the Catholic population.

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Saint Joseph and Child Jesus in processional carriage

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church cemetery ( located at the right side of the parish church)

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newly built niches for the dead people

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interiors of the parish

With the advent of the new millennium, more parishioners and people would visit the parish and pray.

Address: St. Joseph Avenue , Barracks II, Tala 1427 Caloocan City

References: Archdiocese of Novaliches

personal communication with the residents of Camarin

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Miss Universe Catriona Gray stamps to be issued by PHLPOST

Philippine Postal Corporation will be issuing Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray special stamps which coincide her arrival and grand homecoming parade later this week.

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The stamps and first day cover will be issued this coming February 27, 2019.  This was posted at Pilipinas Philately FB page few days ago.

 

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