Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News
MANILA—Catriona Gray returned to the Philippines early Wednesday after her reign as Miss Universe.
"First off, I'm so excited to be back home. Although I've traveled a lot back to the Philippines during this year, now it's really a homecoming trip because my reign as Miss Universe has ended," she told reporters after her arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 in Pasay City.
The Filipino-Australian beauty queen passed on the Miss Universe title to South Africa's Zozibini Tunzi in Atlanta, Georgia Monday morning (Manila time).
Gray, the Philippines’ fourth Miss Universe winner, said she would pursue a career in music and also planned to release a book.
"Very, very excited for future projects that we have in the pipeline. Me and my management, Cornerstone, will be starting tomorrow na po. So for the next 2 weeks I'm gonna work on a lot of exciting things and it will be revealed to you guys very, very soon," she said.
Before becoming a beauty queen, she was known as a singer and model. She has a Master Certificate in Music Theory from Berklee College of Music in Boston.
"Since I was 18, I've been dreaming of pursuing music and it always get put off or pushed to the side. Actually, now that I get to pursue it, it's like, oh my goodness, it's like another dream that I'm able to see in my view," Gray said.
—With a report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News