IN PHOTOS: Catriona Gray visits Young Focus, Love Yourself, Smile Train

MANILA, Philippines – After the parades, presscons and courtesy calls, Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray finally had a chance to visit the charities she'd been supporting even before she bagged the coveted Mikimoto crown.

On Wednesday, February 27, Catriona dropped by Young Focus in Tondo, an organization she's been working with prior to her pageant days. Young Focus is an organization dedicated to making sure children in Tondo are able to finish their education.

ATE CAT. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray spends sometime with the kids of Young Focus. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

ATE CAT. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray spends sometime with the kids of Young Focus.

Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Aside from bonding with the kids, Catriona also sang "We're In this Together," a song she released to raise funds for the organization.

After Young Focus, Catriona went to Love Yourself, an organization that works to raise awareness on HIV and AIDS issues. In a previous interview, Catriona talked about getting involved in the group because fo a close friend who died due to an HIV-related condition.

 

LOVE YOURSELF. Catriona poses with the staff of Love Yourself Philippines during her visit. Photo by Bruce Cassanova/Bb Pilipinas

LOVE YOURSELF. Catriona poses with the staff of Love Yourself Philippines during her visit.

Photo by Bruce Cassanova/Bb Pilipinas

 

She then went to Smile Train in Quezon City. The group helps children with cleft palates get operations. Catriona was accompanied by Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc (BPCI) chairperson Stella Araneta.

 

SMILE TRAIN. Catriona and BPCI chairperson Stella Araneta pay a visit to the kids of Smile Train in Quezon City. Photo by Bruce Cassanova/Bb Pilipinas

SMILE TRAIN. Catriona and BPCI chairperson Stella Araneta pay a visit to the kids of Smile Train in Quezon City.

Photo by Bruce Cassanova/Bb Pilipinas

SIMPLE SMILE. Children from Smile Train get sometime to talk with Miss Universe Catriona Gray herself. Photo by Bruce Cassanova/Bb Pilipinas

SIMPLE SMILE. Children from Smile Train get sometime to talk with Miss Universe Catriona Gray herself.

Photo by Bruce Cassanova/Bb Pilipinas

 

Catriona then visited Father Tony Labiao’s charity in Commonwealth, Quezon City. 

 

THANK YOU. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray poses with BPCI chairperson Stella Araneta, Father Tony Labiao, and the kids of the center at St. Peter's Church. Photo by Bruce Cassanova/Bb Pilipinas

THANK YOU. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray poses with BPCI chairperson Stella Araneta, Father Tony Labiao, and the kids of the center at St. Peter's Church.

Photo by Bruce Cassanova/Bb Pilipinas

HUG. A boy gets a hug from Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray after distributing gifts.  Photo by Bruce Cassanova/Bb Pilipinas

HUG. A boy gets a hug from Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray after distributing gifts.

Photo by Bruce Cassanova/Bb Pilipinas

 

Wednesday, February 27, is the last day of Catriona's official activites for her homecoming as Miss Universe 2018. She'll be staying in the country a little longer for other work commitments before she flies out with her Miss Universe team. – Rappler.com

 Editor's Note: In an earlier version of this report, we mistakenly called one of the charities "Operation Smile." It should be "Smile Train." This has since been corrected.

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