MARAMI ang naiyak sa nakakaantig na farewell speech ng reigning Miss Universe at former Binibining Pilipinas na si Catriona Gray. Ginanap ang nasabing farewell speech ni Catriona kagabi, June 9, sa Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Naghiyawan ang mga tao nang makita si Catriona lumabas sa stage habang suot ang waling-waling-inspired na long gown. Si Mak Tumang ang nagdesenyo ng nasabing gown. Si Mak din ang nagdesenyo ng “Lava Gown” na sinuot ni Catriona nang kinoronahan siya bilang Miss Universe 2018.
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Waling Waling The Waling-waling is a paragon of unmitigated beauty. Many regard it as the rarest, most beautiful and the most expensive among all the flora our country has. This rightfully gives justice to its being dubbed as the “Queen of Philippine Flowers”. Moreover, even the native Bagobos revered it as a “diwata” (fairy) because of its unparalleled and captivating beauty. This representation fits perfectly to what our Miss Universe Catriona Gray is. She is absolutely a queen of beauty and substance. 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.
After ang kanyang farewell walk, nagpasalamat si Catriona sa mga Pilipinong sumusuporta sa kanya nung nasa Binibini pa siya hanggang ngayon.
“Philippines! My heart is overflowing with gratitude, because here, on this exact stage, I was given the chance to pursue this dream. This journey has been made even more meaningful, because every single step of the way I felt each and every one of you right there with me.”
Sa kanyang speech, inilahad niya ang hirap ng ginagawa niya para matamo ang kanyang pangarap. Kailangan niya ma-overcome ang “three Mayon Volcanos” sa kanyang buhay. Anya:
“The first one was conquering myself. Like every single person, I had to overcome the fear that comes from within. The fear of falling short, the fear of failure, the fear of not measuring up. But I conquered my fear with faith – faith that God purposely set me on this path and that He would not give me a burden too heavy to carry. And faith in myself, because I knew that I was not perfect. But I knew I’m determined. And I knew that out of all 95 women that I was to compete with in Miss Universe, I would be the one and only Filipina, and that gave me strength.
“The second was conquering others. There were so many times that people told me that I would fail. I was told that it was too soon for another Miss Universe from the Philippines, I was body-shamed, and I was put down. But I conquered others by surrounding myself with people who uplifted me, supported me, and mentored me. My Team Catriona were my backbone and my safe place. I wouldn’t be standing here if not for every single one of them, and for all of you. And as an only child whose family was away for the entirety of this journey, they also gave me a home.
“The third and most important was conquering for a purpose. What was the point of all this? Who was I doing this for? I looked down at the lettering over my heart, and it said Philippines. I felt its weight, knowing the history, challenges, and triumphs of the Filipino people, I thought of the children of Tondo and of my country.”
In my opinion, si Catriona ang isa sa mga the best na kandidatang na-produce ng Pilipinas. Hindi lang maganda at sexy, matalino rin at magaling magsalita sa bawat ng tanong na itinatanong sa kanya.
Para sa akin, lalong tumaas ang standard natin pagdating sa pagpili ng mga kandidata na ipanlalaban sa ibang bansa dahil kay Catriona. Mula sa pisikal na kaanyuan, hanggang sa pagandahan ng personalidad.
Napapansin niyo rin ba na tumaas din ang standard natin pagdating sa long gown at national costume dahil kay Catriona? Nakita na natin iyan nang ni-reveal ang mga nagbobonggahang national costume ng mga kandidata ng Binibining Pilipinas 2019.
Magiging hamon ito sa reigning Binibining Pilipinas-Universe na si Gazini Ganados dahil kailangan maabutan niya ang standard ni Catriona at maging back-to-back win ang Pilipinas.
Kahit na napalitan ka na Catriona, ikaw pa rin ang Queen namin. Salamat, Catriona Gray.