Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray arrived home yesterday after winning the Miss Universe crown in Thailand last December. She was welcomed in a press conference where she also embraced the task of promoting tourism in the Philippines, starting with the rich heritage and culture of Mindanao.
“There is such a beautifully rich culture in Mindanao. If only it could be shared with the world. It’s such a beautiful, unique aspect of the Philippines,” Gray said.
Both foreign and local tourists shy away from traveling Mindanao because of peace and order issues in the area. Gray wanted to break the resistance by sharing the beauty that the region offers, with mentions of her personal experience while researching for her national costume.
“I would further develop our provinces and share more what we have to offer – not just Boracay and Manila. If only people could know how unique the Philippines is. When I was traveling and researching for my national costume, I fell in love with how rich and beautiful our culture is,” she recalled.
The beauty queen filmed a video featuring the three main islands of the country, namely Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, last year during the season of Miss Universe 2018.
“I feel like we have so much to show in our history, crafts and the things we make. I would encourage people to have their own adventure in the Philippines,” she added.
News source: Philippine Star