MANILA – Pia Wurtzbach, Margie Moran, and Gloria Diaz were all praises for Catriona Gray, who won the Miss Universe 2018 title on Monday.
Wurtzbach, who was crowned Miss Universe in 2015, had the opportunity to personally congratulate Gray as she watched the pageant live in Bangkok, Thailand.
Sharing a photo on Instagram with the newly crowned Gray, Wurtzbach wrote: “This girl is on fire! You started strong and captured our hearts with your grace, commitment, and fearlessness! And that walk… how could anyone forget that walk?”
Wurtzbach went on to tell Gray that her crowning moment “is just the beginning” for her.
“Congratulations, Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray! You have made us all proud! Raise your flag!” she said.
Moran and Diaz also heaped praise on Gray, as reported by ABS-CBN News’ Mario Dumaual.
Diaz was the first Filipina to win Miss Universe in 1969, followed by Moran in 1973.
“Amazing! She’s gorgeous and outstanding from the start! Well-deserved victory!” Diaz said.
Moran, for her part, said: “It was a tough competition. But Catriona was outstanding in her walk and performance in the question and answer!”