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Miss Philippines Catriona Gray is now one of the top favorites to win the Miss World 2016 crown after she advanced to the Top 20 semifinals of the longest-running beauty contest ongoing in Washington D.C., United States.
Gray, 22, of Albay, won the Multimedia Award which earned her a guaranteed spot in the semifinal round of the 66th Miss World beauty contest.
She thanked her supporters on Facebook after she qualified to the semifinals.
“First of all, thank you so much for all your support because I couldn’t have done it with you. I understand that we are on a high but I highly request everyone to stop the bashing and hatred towards certain individuals online,” Gray said.
“Let us all be thankful for all the blessings we have received. We can be proud but let’s do it with humility. My sisters and I are having fun here and we all share a common goal which is to spread love and kindness to everyone we meet in this journey. Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate,” added Gray, who won the Miss Manila Hotel special award during the grand coronation of Miss World Philippines 2016 pageant last October 2.