[At left is the photo of the recently proclaimed and crowned Miss UNIVERSE 2018, our very own Miss Catriona Gray; while at right is the photo of my son Walter Anthony E. Young, who for a time did gigs singing in parties and events as a hobby and as and by way of supplementing his income. I just learned from Anthony that TWO (2) years ago, in one of his gigs, he happened to croon and sing before an audience which included Miss Catriona Gray. ]
‘Twas a surprise to learn just last NIGHT1,
That my son ANTHONY1a had a beautiful SIGHT…
Of our country’s entry at Miss UNIVERSE2, this YEAR;
That’s CATRIONA GRAY, whom I adore and REVERE!
It was at the Manila Polo Club, 2 years AGO…
When TONTON3 had regular gigs and did sing in a SHOW,
With guitar in his hand and BRUNO MARS4 as his MAN…
CATRIONA came up to him and requested a PSALM5!
‘Twas ADELE’s6 song that CATRIONA WISHED,
But TONTON said that the song is not in his LIST…
Little did TONTON know that the alluring Miss CATRIONA…
Will someday walk the ramp to be a beauty pageant WINNAH7!!!!
She’s a DAME from the town of OAS8 in ALBAY9…
Her full name I learned is Catriona Elisa Magnayon GRAY;
Her DAD is an AUSSIE from CAIRNS10,
Her “SLO-MO”11 walk is so fantastic when she do those TURNS!
When I saw at the polls via YouTube12,
CATRIONA was leading as I watched our office’s TUBE13…
She’d be a cinch as the UNIVERSE 2018 QUEEN,
Her evening gown14 gave it away, all the others will surely CAREEN15!
The crown is the Philippines’ FOURTH16,
And Misses South Africa17 and Venezuela18 will be part of her COURT19;
And CATRIONA indeed exuded much APLOMB20,
It has brought JOY to Filipinos as though a LEMON BALM21!
[Legend: 1 – It was on the eve of the FINALS/CORONATION night (i.e. December 17) of the Miss UNIVERSE Beauty Pageant when my son Anthony told me about his chance encounter with Miss Catriona Gray at the Manila Polo Club, two years ago.
1a — ANTHONY – Anthony is the second name of my only son Walter Anthony Evangelista Young.
2 – Miss UNIVERSE – The 2018 Miss UNIVERSE Beauty Pageant which was held in Bangkok, Thailand.
3 – TONTON – Tonton is the nickname of my only son, Walter Anthony Evangelista Young.
4 – BRUNO MARS is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and dancer. He is known for his stage performances, retro showmanship and for performing in a wide range of musical styles including R&B, funk, pop, soul, reggae, hip hop and rock. Mars is accompanied by his band. Tonton has patronized Bruno Mars’ songs in his regular gigs before where he would sing songs in parties and events.
5 – PSALM means a SONG.
6 – ADELE is Adele Laurie Blue Adkins who is an English singer and songwriter. After graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year. In 2007, she received the Brit Awards “Critics’ Choice” award and won the BBC Sound of 2008 poll. Her debut album, at 19, was released in 2008 to commercial and critical success. It would appear based on my son’s recitals and Miss Catriona Gray’s FB page that ADELE is Miss Gray’s favorite.
7 – WINNAH is a corruption of the word WINNER and is used in this FUN RHYME blog to achieve some RHYME.
8 – OAS is officially the Municipality of Oas in Central Bicol and is a 1st class municipality in the province of Albay, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 67,960 people. It has been pejoratively bruited about that in OAS, it has allegedly become the practice that if a child is born within the municipality of OAS, if the child is a BOY,the child will become a PRIEST someday. However, if the child is a GIRL, she will surely just land in a job in the entertainment industry such as a guest relations officer, among others.
9 – ALBAY (to be pronounced with some kind of foreign intonation as AL-BEHY, to achieve some kind of rhyme with GRAY) – Albay is a province located in the Bicol Region in southeastern Luzon of the Philippines. Its capital is the City of Legazpi, the regional center of the whole Bicol Region, which is located in the southern foothill of Mayon Volcano, the symbol most associated with the province.
10 – CAIRNS (pronounced as CARNS, with silent “I”) is the birthplace of Miss Catriona (having an Aussie for a father and a Filipina for a MOM) Cairns is considered the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, and is a tropical city in Far North Queensland.
11 – SLO-MO – Miss Catriona has won praises and lauds with her now famous “SLO-MO” twirl wherein she would do a turn and the sight would virtually be like here doing a SLOW MOTION walk.
12 – YOUTUBE did a live-streaming of the polls on as to who will be crowned as Miss UNIVERSE 2018 and Miss Catriona was the consistent leader.
13 – TUBE is slang for TELEVISION.
14 – Evening gown – Miss Catriona’s awesome and dazzling evening gown which was designed by Filipino Designer Mak Tumang was idiomatically and figuratively the “last straw that broke the camel’s back” in favor of Miss Catriona win as 2018 Miss UNIVERSE.
15 – CAREEN is VIRTUALLY used to mean to die down or to perish and would specifically mean in this FUN RHYME blog to the effect that Miss Catriona has truly emerged as the WINNER.
16 – FOURTH, The Philippines has won to date FOUR (4) Miss UNIVERSE crowns: in 1969, then in 1973; thence 2015 and most recently in 2018.
17 – Miss South Africa is the 1st Runner-Up in the Miss UNIVERSE 2018 Beauty Pageant and her name is Tamarybn Green.
18 – Miss Venezuela is the 2nd Runner-Up in the Miss UNIVERSE 2018 Beauty Pageant and her name is Isabella Rodriguez.
19 – COURT means the place where a QUEEN or a KING hold office or the QUEEN’s of the KING’s household. COURT is issued in the FUN RHYME Blog as a Miss UNIVERSE is considered and is in fact a BEAUTY QUEEN.
20 – APLOMB means self-confidence, calmness, and composure.
21- LEMON BALM – is a fragrant ointment or preparation used to heal or soothe the skin. Indeed, every time there is a Filipina or Filipino winner in a competition, it unites the whole country and it serves as some kind of a LEMON BALM effect; soothing and healing whatever conflicts and dissension within our nation.]