MANILA - Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray vowed to continue to serve her country Tuesday as she visited a woman with whom she shares advocacies for the youth and the poor.
Gray paid a courtesy call on her fellow Bicolana, Vice President Leni Robredo, at her office in Quezon City, welcomed by staffers who wore the beauty queen's signature Philippine flag-inspired ear cuffs.
“I would dedicate this year to a purposeful service and giving back to our country,” Gray said in her short message.
The Vice President noted she and Gray had similar advocacies. Robredo has been pursuing programs to address poverty.
Gray, who is supporting an organization that provides early education to poor children in Tondo, has publicly stated her opposition to the proposed lowering of the age of criminal responsibility.
Robredo is also against such proposal, being pushed by the administration as an anti-criminality measure.
The Vice President also gave Gray, an advocate for Philippine textiles, a malong woven by weavers from Marawi City who were beneficiaries of the Office of the Vice President's (OVP) Angat Buhay program.
“We want to thank you for giving us this honor,” Robredo told Gray.
The Vice President also showed Gray a “Catriona robot,” created by students of the Dr. Yanga Colleges Foundation who won a robotics olympiad.
The robot was designed in the likeness of Gray's winning look at the Miss Universe pageant in December, from the side-swept hair to the famous lava gown.
Gray was also serenaded by the Lipa City Youth Orchestra.
In the beauty queen's presence, the OVP gifted the group with a grand piano donated by the Phantom of the Opera production team.