Presentation and Stamp Unveiling Ceremony of Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray at Novotel

Commemorative stamps and first day covers of Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray were issued and presented  by Philippine Postal Corporation executives around mid-morning of February 24, 2019 at Novotel, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City.

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l-r Mr. Maximo Santa Maria ( Business Line Manager ) Ms. Catriona Gray ( Miss Universe 2018 ) Mr.Norman Fulgencio, chairman of the board of PHLPost and Mr. Luis Carlos (APMG for Marketing) photo courtesy of Pilipinas Philately

Mr. Normal Fulgencio ( chairman of the board of PHLPOST) said during the launching  that the Catriona Gray stamps is a way of recognizing her after winning the Miss Universe title.

Commemorative Stamps

One of the stamps shows her first official photo as the new queen of the universe with face value of Php 12 by 40 pieces per sheet while the Php 55 souvenir sheet shows the first walk after the announcement.

The stamps were designed by Mr. Rodine Teodoro and PHLPOST philatelic section employees featuring the iconic lava gown design by Mr. Mark Tumang wearing Miss Universe Mikimoto crown.

Aside from the official photos provided by Miss Universe organization, The logo of the organization is also prominently featured on both stamps and first day covers.

Ms. Catriona Gray recounted that she would also collect stamps from different countries and send letters to her friends.

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Ms. Catriona Gray with her own special stamps and first day cover ( photo courtesy of Pilipinas Philately)

The ceremonial autograph signing and presentation was held at the Novotel just hours before her victory parade held within Araneta Center.

Statement

This momentous occasion is an opportunity for us to recognize her in raising the Philippine flag, and championing Filipino pride in the global stage,” Fulgencio said.

“Indeed you have made us proud. Your victory is a testament to the faith and resiliency of the Filipinos,” he added.

Public Selling

Along with the two stamps, There were first day covers which will be release to the general public by February 27, 2019 ( Wednesday ). These special stamps and fdc can be purchase  at the Manila Central Post office, Liwasang Bonifacio, Ermita, Manila.

 

 

 

 

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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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Filipino Fashion Designers Shine at 2018 Miss Universe pageant

Filipino fashion designers shine at 2018 Miss Universe pageant were they showcase their beautiful evening gown.

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Belize- Joey Galon

Cambodia – Rian Fernandez
Canada – Michael Cinco
Ecuador – Mark Bumgarner
Guam – Paolo Blanco
Japan – Joel Escober

Kenya – Jian Lasala
Nepal – Bea Bianca Mackey
New Zealand – Sidney Eculla
Nicaragua – Benj Leguiab IV

Malta-Ivanka Hipolito
Mauritius – Kirsten Regalado
Philippines – Mak Tumang
Natalie Glebova – Benj Leguiab

Kirsten Regalado also help with the national costume design of Miss Iceland.

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The well-known design Mak Tumang revealed that he made seven sketches, four prototypes and three gowns with the help of 16 artisans for Catriona’s evening gown.

The gowns, he said, took 2,712 hours of “fastidious process” to create, using over a million pesos worth of materials.

Note: Photo credits: Miss Universe.org

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