Philippines’ Catriona Gray and Hannah Arnold recognized as outstanding Fil-Aussies of 2021

28 Oct 2021 | Angelique Reyes

Philippines has always produced some of the most successful and inspiring beauty queens in the history of pageantry and continues to do so. Recently, Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and Binibining Pilipinas International 2021 Hannah Arnold have been recognized in the 2021 Filipino Communities Council of Australia (FILCCA) National Awards for their valuable contributions in pageantry, culture, arts, and science, in a virtual event on 20th October 2021 as part of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of Philippine-Australian diplomatic relations.

Catriona Gray, who was the fourth Filipino queen to be crowned as Miss Universe was named as the 2021 Philippine-Australian of the Year, owing to her achievements in pageantry to go along with her advocacy on women’s rights. Along with her the newly crowned Binibining Pilipinas International 2021 Hannah Arnold was given the 2021 Youth Achievement Award for her efforts to advocate education and the importance of science and technology.



Catriona, over the years, has made a name for her passion to help impoverished children and represented Philippine culture in international scenes. The award also highlighted Gray's efforts as the country’s National Commission for Culture and the Arts ambassador for the arts, and as ambassador for indigenous handicrafts of the Department of Trade and Industry. Meanwhile, Hannah Arnold has been making headlines for her engagement with the Department of Science and Technology as part of her campaign to motivate more Filipino scientists.

“We are shining a spotlight on some amazing individuals and organizations who have excelled in sports, music, health, education and training, the sciences, entrepreneurship and absolutely in our communities,” Philippine Ambassador to Australia Helen de la Vega said. The national umbrella organization of Filipino community councils in various states in Australia, FILCCA, yearly named several outstanding Filipino-Australian citizens who have made impeccable contributions to the overseas community.



Congratulations queens!