President Duterte to meet Catriona Gray today

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte is slated to meet the newly crowned Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray on Thursday, Dec. 20.

Gray will make the courtesy call on the chief executive at the Villamor Airbase at 5:30 p.m.

Gray is the fourth Filipina to win the crown, after Pia Wurtzbach in 2015, Margie Moran in 1973, and Gloria Diaz in 1969.

In a previous statement, the Palace hailed Gray’s victory as “set(ting) the bar high in empowering more Filipino women to believe in themselves and to fight for their own place in the universe.”

It also hailed Gray, which it said was the embodiment of the “genuine” Filipino qualities of confidence, grace, intelligence and strength “in the face of tough challenges.”

“Catriona’s crowning glory is placing the Philippines in the world map again for its beauty and elegance that matches the world renowned attraction of the many scenic and mesmerizing islands in our country,” the Palace had said.