T'boli's rich culture highlighted in Catriona Gray's latest video

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 12) - After putting Luzon and Visayas in the limelight, the Philippines' bet to the 2018 Miss Universe beauty pageant Catriona Gray traveled South to unveil the beauty of Mindanao.

The 24-year-old Filipina-Australian on Tuesday posted the last part of her "This is the Philippines" video series, highlighting the rich culture of the T'boli tribe of South Cotabato in Mindanao.

The video entitled "This is Mindanao" opened with Gray clad in a traditional T'boli attire on a boat ride.

"I've always had this certain reverence for Mindanao. I've always wanted to go and experience the culture first-hand because it's somewhere I've never been before, and to see this culture and that tradition had been passed on and it's been kept to this day in such good condition, it makes me feel really hopeful," she said.

T'boli's traditional cloth called T'nalak took center stage in the video.

"The fabric, each color represents something, all the materials are sourced from the plants, from the vegetation, the earth, and the inspiration for their arts is really insightful to see how much reverence they have for their crafts," the beauty queen gushed.

Gray visited a traditional T'boli house where she shared a native meal and delicacies with some members of the tribe.

She also danced in the streets with performers at this year's T'nalak Festival.

 

Renowned Filipino shoe designer Jojo Bragais was featured in the video, sharing his insights about the traditional cloth.

Bragais, known for making the shoes used by pageant contestants, made the embroidered high boots worn by Gray at the Miss Universe 2018's national costume competition on Monday.

Gray is hoping for the country's fourth Miss Universe crown.  The coronation will be held on December 17 in Bangkok, Thailand.