Catriona Gray, the newly-crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2018, has been an avid traveler ever since her youth, and it’s probably because of her lineage. Born to a Scottish-born Australian father and a mother hailing from Oas, Albay in the Philippines, Catriona has seen the best of the wonderful nations from a young age, and this quickly sparked the desire to travel within her. In fact, a quick glance at her Instagram will succinctly show how much she loves traveling, with a solid preference for the water, be it the ocean, a cascading waterfall, or a still lake.
Let's clean up our beaches!!!! ??????????? Dito sa Pilipinas we are so blessed to have such beautiful beaches BUT we need to make an active effort to keep them beautiful! Today here in Panglao, a kilometer or two away from the famed Alona beach @sandralemonon and I found a secret little cove and were so sad to see so much trash littering the beach!!! ???? So we spent the afternoon cleaning up this little piece of paradise. This is how much rubbish we collected (trash bags included!) !!!!???? Imagine how much we could clean up our oceans if we all picked up a little! Let's look after our beaches and keep our county beautiful! ??????? #PreservePilipinas
Apart from being a truly bubbly and smart girl, Catriona also stands up for her many advocacies. Since she loves the ocean, she advocates taking good care of it.
We are allowed to be soft and strong and firece yet fragile. There is magic in our ability to bend without breaking and to rise above without falling. We have always been more than enough. ???? Sad I won't be waking up to amazing architecture and views tomorrow morning! Thank you so much to @lascasasfilipinasdeacuzar for having us! Can't wait to be back! ? #CatrionaGrayBBP2018 #CatGanern #BbPilipinas2018
Of course, she also immerses herself in the rich history of both her lineages, such as absorbing all the heritage of Bataan's Las Casas.
#PrayForBicol ???? The majestic Mt. Mayon volcano has garnered an Alert Level 4 which is one level away from the highest warning of a dangerous erruption. Nature must take her course, but let us pray for the safety and wellbeing of our Bicolano brothers and sisters. Photo by @tapangeorge at the foot of Mt Mayon 2016.
When the Mayon Volcano erupted earlier this year, she felt compelled to stand alongside her fellow Albayanons, in solidarity with their plight.
Catriona loves exploring the deep and vastness of the ocean, particularly in dive spots like Bohol.
Of course, much like all Filipinos and foreigners alike, she is in awe of the beauty of Palawan. Who wouldn't be?
All photos courtesy of Catriona Gray (@catriona_gray)
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