Catriona Gray was channeling the Filipino energy during Miss Universe 2022.
January 15, 2023 is a day that will be remembered for many pageant fans. It was the 2022 Miss Universe pageant, and little did Filipino viewers know, the contest would send them into a tizzy with all that went down. And right at the thick of it all was Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray who was there in New Orleans serving as one of the backstage commentators.
As Pinoy pageant fans went through the five stages of grief, some of them projected their emotions to Catriona who in turn didn’t shy away from expressing or showing how she felt that night. The show had quite a few gag-worthy moments and Catriona’s reactions to them launched a thousand memes. Let’s take a look at some of the best we found on social media.
THE FACIAL EXPRESSION SEEN AROUND THE WORLD
When Celeste Cortesi wasn’t included in the Top 16, Catriona’s face expressed all that needed to be said.
AND I OOP
Before TOP 16. After TOP 16. pic.twitter.com/Bqg02QNsIQ— Rod Magaru (@rodmagaru) January 15, 2023
The gag was real.
SMILING THROUGH THE PAIN
Catriona didn’t have to say much to get her point across.
If ever there will be an All-Winners edition of Miss Universe, you can bet we’ll be rooting for Catriona.
WORDS OF WISDOM
Catriona Gray:— ✨𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐏𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐚𝐧𝐭 (@inspoPageant) January 15, 2023
“You are not alone, Philippines, Thailand, Mexico and Indonesia…”
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~#71stMissUniverse#MissUniverse2022 #MissUniverse #MissUniverseThailand2022 pic.twitter.com/U7z4dmDffA
In all seriousness though, Catriona had some wise words for the queens who sadly didn’t make it to the Top 16. It’s advice to live by considering she knows first hand the rigors of the pageant world.
MOURNING A FRIEND
@jaysonianzzz Queen Catriona is crying di niya napigilan🥺😭 #catrion #catrionagray #catrionagraymissuniverse #celestecortesi #muph #missuniversephilippines #missuniverse2023 #fyp #fypシ #neworleans #jaysonianz ♬ original sound – Jayson
In a more somber moment, the show aired a touching tribute to former Miss Universe Cheslie Kryst who sadly passed away last year. Catriona and Chelsie were close, and Cat couldn’t help but shed tears seeing the tribute to her friend. It was a reminder of the humanity of it all and that these are real people at the end of the day who go through tough days.
WELCOME TO THE CLUB
@princesialongoii #CapCut We may failed to enter to the top 16, our race will always be held winners!!! Palaging panalo ang gandang Pinay! @R’Bonney Gabriel @Catriona Gray #missuniverse #rbonneygabriel #catrionagray ♬ original sound – Roberta tamondong – Luigi•||•Bea
Pageant discourse can often be heated, but as we can see from Catriona, it’s all love at the end of the day as she welcomed her latest sister into the Miss Universe winners club. With the last stage of grief being acceptance, let’s all accept that we have a new Miss Universe, and a Fil-Am one at that.