Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray honors hometown with Mayon Volcano-inspired gown

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Metro Manila (CNN Philppines, December 17) — From her now-iconic lava walk to a Mayon Volcano-inspired evening gown.

Newly-crowned Miss Universe 2018 and Philippine pride Catriona Gray celebrated her roots at the prestigious pageant's coronation night on Monday.

 

During the evening gown competition, she wowed the universe with her red crystal-encrusted gown created by Kapampangan designer Mak Tumang.

Gray and Tumang drew inspiration from the world-famous Mayon Volcano, located in Albay, Bicol Region. The 24-year-old Filipino-Australian beauty queen hails from Oas town in Albay.

 

The designer explained how the fiery gown was conceptualized.

"Folk tales have it that it was named after the mythological heroine 'Daragang Magayon' (Beautiful Lady). Despite its pulchritude is the fact that it is the most active volcano in the Philippines erupting numerous times in the past half a millennium. Catriona can be considered as the modern-day Daragang Magayon. She embodies the Filipina's beauty, intelligence, and burning passion," Tumang wrote on his Facebook page on Monday.

He added, "Today, Catriona is coming home. She is celebrating her roots — she is celebrating Albay! This lady is definitely on fire! Watch her erupt right before your very eyes and let the lava of grace, goodness and hope flow."

And erupt, she did. Her stunning gown stood out in the sea of gold and silver dresses worn by the Top 5 contenders. Her evening gown look was further perfected when she once again wore the now-famous gold patriotic ear cuff she wore when she was crowned Binibining Pilipinas in March 2018.

Gray shared an "awww-inducing" story as to why she chose to wear a red gown.

"When I was 13 years old, my mother told me, 'I had a dream that you were in Miss Universe and you won in a red dress.' When I saw her earlier, she said, 'I dreamed this.' She had tears in her eyes," she said during a post-coronation media briefing in Thailand.

A netizen, who was seated beside Gray's parents Ian Gray and Normita Magnayon during the Miss Universe announcement, shared a video of them crying tears of joy the moment she was named the new queen.

 

In the duration of the pageant, she continuously incorporated Filipino materials and textile made by indigenous groups in her attires during events ahead of the coronation.

Related: Catriona Gray takes indigenous fabrics to the global stage through her Miss Universe outfits

Gray was crowned the 67th Miss Universe, besting 93 other candidates from different countries.

 

She is the fourth Filipino to bring home the coveted title, joining Gloria Diaz, Margie Moran, and Pia Wurtzbach who won in 1969, 1973, and 2015, respectively.