Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray’s Winning Gowns & Prizes!

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray from Philippines

Today marks another milestone for many Filipinos worldwide as we celebrate the winning of our beloved queen Ms. Catriona Gray for this year’s Miss Universe 2018. We are so happy that the crown is now back in the Philippines, for the 4th time!

Her gracious pose, personality and charm have captured many of us worldwide, and we know she deserves the title and the crown.



To commemorate her glory, I managed to compile everything of her dresses and winning gowns that she used during the pageant competition in Thailand.

The lead Filipino designer of her team Mak Tumang, had proudly and selflessly shared to the Filipinos the behind the scene photos of Ms. Catriona Gray’s gown.

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray from Philippines

ADARNA: The Blazing Siren

The ‘Ibong Adarna’ is a mythological pulchritudinous bird that could change in several fascinating guises. Its enchanting voice can enable complete healing to anyone who hears it. Some artists liken it to the mythological Phoenix where it recurrently regenerates itself by arising amidst a spectacle of flames and candescence. This makes it a fitting symbol of resilience, rising and rebirth.



Catriona has a resilient, tenacious and unwavering spirit. Her voice is truly captivating literally and figuratively. She uses it to influence, advance her timely causes and both melt and heal hearts. Her will power and burning passion drive her to make every Filipino proud in whatever she does. She is the blazing Adarna! Watch her rise in glory along with our hopes and dreams for our beloved country: the Philippines! – Mak Tumang, source

Inspired from the Philippine Adarna Bird, Phoenix & Mikimoto Crown

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray from Philippines

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray from Philippines
Catriona Gray’s fitting session at Mak Tumang’s atelier

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray from Philippines

We are wondering if this is a sign of her winning, since her dress was also inspired with the Mikimoto pearls in the Miss Universe crown!


Next is her dress she worn during the coronation day!

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray from Philippines

MAYON: Fiery and Lovely Perfection

Today, Catriona is coming home. She is celebrating her roots – she is celebrating Albay! The prominent and iconic Mayon Volcano is the penultimate inspiration for this creation. It is dubbed as the ‘perfect cone’ because of its symmetric conical form. Folk tales have it, that it was named after the mythological heroine ‘Daragang Magayon’ (Beautiful Lady). Despite its pulchritude is the fact that it is the most active volcano in the Philippines erupting numerous times in the past half a millennium. Catriona can be considered as the modern-day Daragang Magayon. She embodies the Filipina’s beauty, intelligence and burning passion. This lady is definitely on fire! Watch her erupt right before your very eyes and let the lava of grace, goodness and hope flow. - Mak Tumang

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray from Philippines
The designer Mak Tumang generously shared to his fans the behind-the-scene photos inside of his atelier, during the process of making Catriona’s winning gown!




Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray from Philippines

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray from Philippines

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray from Philippines

Every dresses that she worn carries a symbolic meaning of her roots the Philippines. Every dresses and designs comes with a meaningful story of braveness, compassion, beauty, resilience, and humbleness.




Catriona Gray’s National Costume

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray from Philippines
Her national costume is inspired by the three regions of the Philippines - The Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Her handmade brass accessories, the T'boli headpiece and brass belt all from Mindanao. The bodysuit with Pintados pattern is from Visayas, and the huge circular lantern design piece symbolizes the Luzon region. A Filipino designer Jearson Demavivas designed her costume. The new queen was very hands-on in designing her costume with the help of her peers Carlos Buendia, and Jojo Bragais.

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray from Philippines
Her boots is totally slay the stage, and this is definitely heavy!



Catriona Gray's press day outfits

She also donned other dresses designed by Filipino designer + accessories all Philippine made!

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray from Philippines
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Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray from Philippines
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Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray from Philippines
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Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray from Philippines
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The Philippines is a beautiful country located in the Asia. The Philippines is also the sole standing Catholic, and one of the most diversified country in Asia.

You can also watch Catriona’s promotional tribute video of the Philippines’s three regions:

This is Luzon:




This is Visayas:




This is Mindanao:




Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray from Philippines
Catriona’s winning answer speaks about her passionate advocacy. Watch her video below:





Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray from Philippines

About Catriona’s winning prize?


As the newly crowned Miss Universe, she is entitled for her $250,000 (Php13.2Million) Mikimoto crown, which is embellished with 500 diamonds weighing almost 30 carats and 120 South Sea and Akoya pearls. She will also take home a generous prize package fit for a queen. According to the UAE-based private newspaper The National, the Miss Universe 2018 will be awarded “a year-long salary as Miss Universe and a luxury accommodation in a New York City apartment for the duration of her reign, including living expenses.”



As Miss Universe, Catrina Gray will have extensive trips representing sponsors and charitable partners of the organization in order to fulfill her duties and to advance her advocacies. She repeatedly highlighted education focusing on children and the youth as her personal advocacy throughout the competition.

She will also have opportunities to strengthen her portfolio, as she will be granted access to various events including casting opportunities, movie premieres, screenings, and launch parties, including modeling photoshoots!

She will also receive a one-year supply of beauty products, full wardrobe, skin care and beauty products, and personal appearance wardrobe and styling by the official Miss Universe Organization fashion stylist, and a lot more!



When I was 13, my mum told me "Honey, I dreamt of you winning @missuniverse in a red dress." At that time I thought nothing of it, and today my mother's dream came true. ✨ Where do I even begin? Lord God, I lift everything up to you - to glorify and honour you. ๐Ÿ™ Philippines ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ what an amazing honor it has been to carry your name across my chest and to embody you in all aspects. I may now carry the sash of Miss Universe, but I'll forever be your Miss Philippines. ❤️๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’› To my team @carlosbuendiajr @bragaisjojo @mitagray @binibiningnicolecordoves @jololuarca @justine.aliman19 @ton_lao @vheecostyle @francischee_ @styledbypatrickhenry @visionerickson @ardelpresentacion @mackycombe @harleybarleyyy @jellyeugenio @hairbybrentsales @memayfrancisco @mimsqiu @momoisupe @tesserajewelry @maktumang @jearsond @theaiveeclinic @empiredentallounge @jed_jimenez I wouldn't have been able to do any of this with all your time, effort and love ๐Ÿ’› #MissUniverse @missuniverse
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What a lovely day to be crowned as the new Queen!


Well, we expect that from this day onwards, many newborn baby girls will be named Catriona Gray.

Congratulations, Catriona Gray! You made us Filipinos more proud!!


xoxo, Blair


86 LOVES AND COMMENTS:

  1. She is such an intelligent and beautiful lady ❤ she really deserve to win.

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  2. The second dress shown is my favorite, it's absolutely stunning.
    Great post!

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    1. Yes, they called it Lava Dress - inspired by the lava coming out from the active volcano called Mayon. The active volcano is from Bicol Region where Catriona lives.

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  3. THOSE DRESSES! I am transfixed by them, they're absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

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    1. Thanks Gigi! Each dresses symbolizes the rich culture and tradition of the Philippines. The fabrics are very luxurious, all hand-weaved by indigenous tribe.

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  4. Those dresses are amazing! I bet it was fun to try them on. Love this!

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  5. what beautiful designs for a gown! surely fitted for a beauty queen!

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  6. This is really interesting! I have never seen any "behind the scenes" when it comes to Miss Universe.

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    1. OMG that is one of the best events here in the Philippines. I love watching pageants because of the dresses!

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  7. Her gowns were so pretty and different. I love how she brought so much of her culture with her!

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  8. Oh wow, all these gowns are impressive. They are absolutely gorgeous! I am amazed at the talent of people who can make things like this.

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    1. You are right - the designer can make dreams come true!

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  9. Catriona Gray is certainly a prize of the Philippines. We covered her at PromGuide in the Sherri Hill New York Fashion Week fashion week show and can truly attest to her beauty. Keshia Richmond

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    1. That is amazing! After the holidays here in the Philippines, I assume that the new Queen will fulfill her whole year duty and head to New York City.

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  10. She is so beautiful! I am upset because I love these pageants, but I always miss them! I need to keep up better.

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  11. Thanks for taking me on tour to fashion designing and outfits. Great post.

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  12. What amazing dresses. Now I see why they cost so much as a lot of work goes into them.

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    1. That is true! And this event is a great opportunity to showcase what we have here in the Philippines - a good marketing campaign!

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  13. Wow those dresses are absolutely stunning! What a great range she had to wear. What an amazing prize she gets as well, I hope she enjoys her year!

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    1. That is true - and I believe she can inspire many!

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  14. pretty, the gowns are so exquisite! A lot of work goes in to designing those I bet. I really love the pearl crown

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    1. I love the crown too! Pearls are always in style :D

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  15. Those dresses are absolutely stunning!

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  16. I love that the dresses all have a history and culture behind them. She’s going to do a great job!

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    1. I am excited for her. And I wish that more beauty pageant contestant in the Philippines will choose to wear our locally weaved fabrics.

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  17. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! Ang saya saya ko talaga nang manalo sya. She deserves it! her gown is super beautiful!

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  18. Oh yes! Many Filipinos are really proud when she got the title and I am one of those. Congatulations, Catriona Gray! Woot woot!

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    1. She deserves it! Now more opportunities waiting for her.

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  19. She is really awesome, beautiful woman.

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  20. All of the dresses are absolutely beautiful! The crown this year is just stunning as well! She did an amazing job and totally deserved her win!

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    1. Yeah I love her crown - pearls and peacock feather design :D

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  21. I love the red dresses. Sounds like Catriona Gray is an incredible person and deserves to win. Congratulations to her.

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    1. I can't wait to see more dresses made here in the Philippines soon!

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  22. Sounds like a well deserved win! I hate that missed watching it.

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    1. You can watch the replay! We watched it online while at the office, and funny thing is all of us here are so focus on her, and set aside our work for few hours, hahaha

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  23. She is absolutely beautiful. I'm sure she would have looked perfect in any dress!

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    1. Yeah and I like her more that she is very humble :D

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  24. Such pretty dresses! Love seeing the design process.

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  25. What stunning gowns!! I wouldn't mind trying some on, not that I'd look as good as her! She's very beautiful, congratulations on winning!

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    1. I am excited to meet the designer, ohh boy I am adding it to my list!

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  26. the baby naming got me laughing....we pinoy never get tired of those....anyway, Congratulations Miss Catriona...you made us very proud....

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    1. Because naming the babies with the famous beauty queens is like cementing a good memory, and also a promise of good future - as many old folks believe it.

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  27. Beautiful dresses. I didn't get to watch the pagent.

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    1. I set it to my calendar a week before the pageant!

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  28. Wow! So much detail into it! She is beautiful!

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  29. I watched the pageant and it really makes me amazed on Catriona's performance and answers. She really deserves the crown.

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    1. I think she is destined to be the Miss Universe queen. Back in her young days she was crowned as Little Miss Philippines.

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  30. She was a winner in all aspects. Great compilation of information you have here.

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  31. Those gowns are STUNNING! The detail on the back is beautiful!! Super flattering as well!

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    1. Her dresses tells a lot of stories and meaning to her advocacies and life.

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  32. I think she's the most beautiful girl in the world. She has something that the other candidates doesn't have. She deserves the crown

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  33. I really love that red dress! She's so stunning! She deserves to win!

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    1. I love it too! It is inspired by the lava from Mayon Volcano

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  34. These dresses are stunning. Specially that lava dress.

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    1. So true! Full of drama and story, and painstaking of labor :D

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  35. Congrats to Miss Universe 2018 Catriona, may your year of reign be a huge blessing to the people of the Philippines and worldwide.

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    1. I know that she can inspire many people worldwide and make a difference.

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  36. Great pictures!. She sure deserves to win.. ..

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  37. Both the dresses are beautiful and so is the lady wearing them it was nice that you showed how hard people work backstage to create magic

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    1. The designer was very generous to share to his fans the BTS. Not many designers are generous to show some BTS pictures and videos.

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  38. I really love everything about her and how the team incorporated as many aspect of the Philippines in every way they can-- from the lava walk, outfits as well as the she speaks. She is truly the best Ms. Philippines that could represent us.

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    1. They collaborated well! I do hope that the other candidates soon from the Philippines will do the same.

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  39. Besides boxing and basketball, I love how beauty pageants unite the Filipinos. I'm really happy to see my social media filled with posts about Catriona Gray. At one point, Filipinos stopped posting about politics! HAHAHA! I love Catriona and her advocacy to use locally made clothes!

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    1. It seems like beauty pageants are the National Sports of the Philippines.

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  40. Iba talaga pag catriona gray! she true represents our country and all those dresses are perfect!

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  41. I don't know much about womens fashion but the dresses look really nice! Thank you for sharing :)

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  42. Beautiful girl. Amazing fashion designers. And awesome country! Salve Reina! Viva Filipinas!

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    1. Thank you very much for appreciating! I wish more local designers collaborate with international pageants.

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  43. Congrats to the new Miss Universe. She deserves is and all of her fashions were amazing.

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