Undoubtedly, the Philippines has had its fair share of wins when it comes to international beauty pageants; the Filipina’s grace, talent, and splendor have captured the attention and hearts of people from all over the world.

After Megan Young took home the crown in 2013, Filipino-Scottish Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray is reportedly a strong contender for the title as she is currently making waves in the pageant. Here are 11 reasons she’s a crowd favorite and why you should give her your all out support:

1. She knows how to work her angles!

2. She manages to have fun despite her busy schedule.

3. She looks stunning in a bikini

4. …and even in a one-piece swimsuit!

Where I'd rather be ...?????????

A photo posted by Catriona Gray (@catriona_gray) on

5. She values friendship.

6. She helps promote the beauty of the Philippines through her travels.

7. She’s super fierce!

An avid favorite: the structured suit as seen on www.cat-elle.com ????????

A photo posted by Catriona Gray (@catriona_gray) on

8. …but is also a free spirit.

TGIF! Missing the beach, sand and blazing sunsets ???????? #Throwback to #PreviewInPalawan ????

A photo posted by Catriona Gray (@catriona_gray) on

9. She believes in change and is actually doing something about it.

10. She encourages others to keep going.

11. And, she looks stunning wearing a crown!


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