"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 through our heritage, our arts, our history, our textiles, our music or our dance.”
Truly a representation of a Filipina when she exhibited the Philippine art and culture in Miss Universe through her own effort, Catriona Gray was recognized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) as their Ambassador for National Arts Month this coming February, 2020.
In the press conference held today, January 28, 2020, Gray delivered a speech of gratitude and inspiration that speaks volume of what our culture and the arts has to uniquely offer the world. With the theme of this year's festivity, "Ani ng Sining" (Harvest of the Arts), Miss Universe 2018 shares her hope as she takes the role as one of the National Arts Month Ambassadress for 2020. As expressed from her speech:
"And since this month's theme is "Ani ng Sining", the Harvest of the Arts. As you know to harvest, it starts with planting and sowing a seed. And so, I have this urban 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, I know that the world will sit up, take notice, and give us a standing ovation."
It looks like 2020 is KZ Tandingan's year as early as this month as her efforts to promote Filipino arts and culture through music was also recognized. She was once again chosen to be an Ambassador for Music in this year's National Arts Month. A two-time NCCA ambassadress, the singer-songwriter wishes to expose the youth with Philippine arts and culture through her remarkable music compositions that mirrors the creativity of Filipinos. She set the stage on fire as performs her original song 'Nag-Iisa Na Naman', which she puns that it is dedicated to everyone who will celebrate this coming Valentines Day by themselves.
Catriona Gray and KZ Tandingan both received a plaque of recognition, a collection of T'boli dolls, an indigenous attire from the T'boli group and a live sketch from visual artists who attended the same event.