Suffice to say that Catriona Gray, the fourth Filipina beauty queen to be crowned Miss Universe only three years after the third, has a powerful presence with the Filipino people. Even though her duties to the pageant organization took her away from her home country a lot, people have always been filled with fascination for her. On December last year, days before she passed on the crown to South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi, a song was uploaded on YouTube that sang Catriona’s praises in English and Tagalog rap. The performer, who uses the stage name Matthaios, has in real life also longed to meet Miss Universe 2018. His wish was granted.
According to ABS-CBN News, rapper Matthaios realized the lyrics of his viral hit song “Catriona” when he finally met, in person, the woman who had inspired him this week. The meeting between Matthaios and former Miss Universe titleholder Catriona Gray happened this Thursday, January 9, an occasion he memorialized with a photo of the two of them on his Instagram. His caption paraphrased a line from his single: “Heaven really does exist.” And next to him was Catriona with the smile which, according to his rap: “gives me chills, makes me blush, gives me worth.”
“Catriona” by Matthaios, a rapper under MIDA$ Records, was released on YouTube back in December 1. With the Miss Universe 2019 in Atlanta only seven days away, when Catriona would give up her crown to the new titleholder, his song made for a simple yet catchy and appropriate callback to Gray’s triumph in the 2018 pageant held in Thailand. As proof of its viral marketability, “Catriona” the song would go on to earn more than 28 million views and close to 300,000 likes. It even managed to get official dance steps that have become the latest trending in the country.
It is no surprise also that ABS-CBN would catch on to the “Catriona” craze and have Matthaios’ song be featured in a dance number on “ASAP Natin ‘To” this past Sunday, January 5. And it was simply appropriate that after completing her Miss Universe duties, Catriona Gray in the flesh would go on and join the Kapamilya Channel, where she is now a new host for weekday noontime show “It’s Showtime.”
Matthaios also has an official music video for his now-hit song on YouTube. This new video has a foreword encouraging fans of the song (particularly the female ones) that there will come a time when somebody arrives who will treat them as the Miss Universe of their lives. In short, “Everyone is a Catriona.”
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