Catriona Gray Is New NCCA Ambassador, Speech Wows Audience

Catriona Gray NCCA Speech Wows Audience

CATRIONA GRAY – Beauty queen Catriona Gray was named as the new arts ambassador of the National Commission of Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray went back to the Philippines after crowing her successor Zozibini Tunzi in December 2019. She then signed a contract with the ABS-CBN network and said she plans to pursue her singing career.

Her book “Conquering Your Universe” is scheduled to be released this year. The Filipina-Australian beauty queen penned her journey and the lessons she learned during her reign.

Based on a report from PEP, Catriona Gray was named as the new arts ambassador of the National Commission of Culture and the Arts (NCCA). She was introduced during the press conference launching on Tuesday, January 28 at the NCCA Building Gen. Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila.

Photo Source: ABS-CBN

Aside from Catriona, singers Julie Ann San Jose and KZ Tandinan were also named as ambassadors for music as the NCCA celebrates National Arts Month.

“I believe artists always create with intention and in my pursuit to conquer my universe, I always wanted to showcase the beauty and the intricate uniqueness of the Philippines to the universe platform, whether it be to our heritage, our art, our history, our textiles, our music, or our dance…”

“And in doing so, I felt that as an ambassador in my own right, representing the Philippines, I was able to play the part in having the new generation sit up and take note, and to appreciate what the Philippines has uniquely offer.”

“And it has become my personal advocacy, aside from advocating for education and for HIV-AIDS… to instill a sense of burning pride for our country of the Philippines to the new generation.”

Photo Source: Philippine News Agency

 “My love for our arts and culture was not something that I was born to due to my mixed heritage. It was something that was grown, learned, and embodied and since the theme of the National Arts Month this February 2020 is Ani ng Sining—The Harvest of the Arts.”

“As you know, the harvest starts with planting and sowing a seed, and so I have fervent hope that we can instill and grow a fierce love and passion for the Philippine arts and culture in each and everyone of us.”

“And in doing so po, I know that the world will sit up, take notice and give us a standing ovation. Maraming salamat po. This is a great honor. Mabuhay ang lahat ng Filipino artists po! Thank you!”

The audience applauded loudly after Catriona Gray’s speech.

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