On Instagram, Catriona shared several photos as she received her award in Dubai. Thanking the publication, Catriona said, "Very flattered to be in the company of my fellow nominees and awardees who have excelled in their respective fields. And more so that we all came together for the benefit of @smiletrain #MissUniverse."
In her acceptance speech, Catriona said that one does not need a title or a crown to be able to do good work for the community. "Thank you so much for this honor for recognizing the work that I do, for my different cause groups and it is really a fulfilling job that I do. Every time I get the opportunity I always want to tell people that you do not need a title or a crown or a position or a certain platform to be able to do good work and get involved in your community," Catriona said.
An advocate of human rights, Catriona once denounced the discrimination of a trans woman in a Quezon City mall who simply wanted to use the female restroom. Catriona said that the incident "only highlights further the Philippines' need for implementation of the #SOGIEEqualityBill. LGBTQ+ rights are HUMAN rights—mga karapatang pangkaligtasan at kalayaan mula sa diskriminasyon, karahasan, at pagmamalupit batay sa pagkakakilanlan."
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