- Catriona Gray looked stunning in her gown during her farewell walk as the queen and passed on her Miss Universe Philippines 2018
- Mak Tumang designed the gown as well which was inspired by the rare Philippine orchid, the waling-waling
- Catriona also touched the hearts of many Filipinos with her heart warming and sincere farewell speech
Catriona Gray looked every bit of a queen in her waling-waling inspired gown created by the designer Mak Tumang. Cat won the hearts of many Filipinos with her message as she passed on her crown to the next Binibining Pilipinas.
Mak shared a picture of the gown via Instagram and shared why he chose waling-waling as an inspiration for the gown.
"This representation fits perfectly to what our Miss Universe Catriona Gray is. She is absolutely a queen of beauty and substance," he wrote.
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He compared the flower to Catriona who according to him is a symbol of Filipino’s unceasing hope and tenacity.
"This flower, like Catriona, continues to be on treetops and aspires for greater heights. The Queen of the Filipinos' hearts bids farewell to her reign here. Yet, she will incessantly reach and touch the bright sun, making her justly symbolic of the Filipino’s unceasing hope and tenacity."
Mak was the designer of Catriona's outfits since 2016 when she joined Miss World 2016.
In Philippine beauty pageant history, Gray is the first Filipina to represent the country in both the Miss World and Miss Universe competitions, and the second to represent the Philippines in two major international pageants, the first entry being Carlene Aguilar in 2005.
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