Aside from being adored by many for her win in the most prestigious beauty pageant in the world, Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray is also being admired for her active involvement in philanthropic advocacies.
Even if her reign as Miss Universe has already ended two years ago, Catriona is still pursuing her advocacy of helping underprivileged children and marginalized communities to date. The beauty queen has also been doing her best to help highlight the Philippine culture in the international spotlight every time she sees an opportunity. (Read: Catriona Gray takes stand on racism, joins ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement)
And now that the coronavirus pandemic has halted many things this year, the-ever-willing Catriona shows no sign of stopping. Recently, she is named as the new ambassador of the One Town, One Product (OTOP) program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). (Read: Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is NCCA’s Newest Ambassador for Arts)
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Such an honor to be announced today as the Philippine One Town One Product (@otop.philippines) Ambassador for the @dti.philippines Modernong Obra Disenyong Atin initiatives.🇵🇭 Through this initiative I'll be working to uplift, spread awareness, support and encourage our local communities, especially our weavers. #SupportLocalPH Stay tuned! 💙❤💛 Styled by @justine.aliman19 in an Inabel Dress by @diaaliph @styledbypatrickhenry Glam @kiel.hair @antonpatdu 💫 @cornerstone
On July 21, Catriona received a certificate of conferment from DTI Secretary Mon Lopez for being named as the new ambassador of the OTOP campaign. Catriona says she is very thankful and that it is a “great honor” to be able to work with the government arm.
At the conferment ceremony, Catriona said that through DTI’s OTOP campaign, it would be easier to reach and provide livelihood to the local communities. With this program, Catriona hopes to promote the local industry of handicrafts, arts, and culture through weaving in the country. (Read: The Ifugao Weave Face Masks You Didn’t Know You Needed)
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Catch the finest of the National Capital Region at the Metro Fiesta 2019 Trade Fair and Exhibitions! From food to fashion, our MSMEs have got it all. Drop by the Megatrade Hall 3 of SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City from December 4-8, 2019 and witness the peak of local craftsmanship. #NCR #MetroFiesta2019 #OneTownOneProduct #OTOP #MSME
“I feel it’s important that we support our local communities with their livelihoods and uplifting them and giving them a hand,” Catriona says.
As the project ambassador, the beauty queen hopes to increase and celebrate the beauty of Filipino handicrafts—the country’s traditional art and culture. (Read: How Can Knitted Toys Help Save Ifugao’s Rice Terraces?)
“It’s been an advocacy of mine to promote our culture and art, and especially fabric that is unique to the Philippines,” the beauty queen added.
It can be recalled that during her Miss Universe journey, Catriona regularly incorporated indigenous Filipino materials and textiles in her attires in the competition. From her national costume to her everyday wardrobe, the beauty queen has well-represented the Philippines in her looks.