The Pinoy pride is strong in this photo.
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and Victoria’s Secret model Kelsey Merritt, two women Filipinos loved cheering for last year, were in the same room together at the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) Gala in New York City held on Wednesday (U.S. time).
Merritt, the first Filipino to walk the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show runway, posted a photo showing both of them clad in glam gowns at the event. She said: “Bumped into this beauty @catrionaelisa at #amfARNewYork.”
She added the hashtag “#CureAIDS.” AmfAR is an organization dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through research. Their annual Gala is usually attended by high-profile celebrities.
— Kelsey Merritt (@kelsmerritt) February 7, 2019
Gray also posted a photo of them together on her Instagram story with the caption: “Hi @KelseyMerritt!!”
Merritt made her debut as a Victoria’s Secret runway model in the annual fashion show in November. She was one of the top trending topics on Philippine Twitter when she walked the runway because many Pinoys were happy to see a Filipina modeling the famous lingerie brand.
Meanwhile, Gray is the fourth Filipina to bring home the Miss Universe crown after the pageant in December. She won right after Pia Wurtzbach in 2015, Margie Moran in 1973, and Gloria Diaz in 1969.
The Philippines also topped the list of countries that tweeted the most during the 67th Miss Universe coronation night in Bangkok, Thailand. No surprises there.
A lot of #PinoyPride overflowed for these women, and just seeing the two together in the same room was more than enough to make Filipinos go batshit crazy.
Said @ProtectYlowww: “Filipino prides (sic)!!”
Filipino prides!! 💥🇵🇭
— Protect Y.G (@ProtectYlowww) February 7, 2019
@MaeMae0461 said that they were queens.
— Melodramatic Mae 💟 (@MaeMae0461) February 7, 2019
“God didn’t have to snap this hard when she made y’all !!” said @HDjoodi.
God didn’t have to snap this hard when she made y’all !! 🙄😩
— Heavy Djoodi (@HDjoodi) February 7, 2019
“AAAAHHHH MI LADIES,” @aintkelsey exclaimed.
AAAAHHHH MI LADIES
— a (@aintkelsey) February 7, 2019
@gayvodkalads said: “Imagine standing between you and [C]at dude [I] would melt.”
imagine standing between you and cat dude i would melt.
— LM ☔ (@gayvodkalads) February 7, 2019
“2 beautiful souls who continue to make us proud,” @jackiefurio added.
2 beautiful souls who continue to make us proud 😘
— Jackie (@jackiefurio) February 7, 2019
“You guys are so cute,” said @KimJoyceAlexa_.
uy hala ang cute niyoooOooOooO
— lexa (@KimJoyceAlexa_) February 7, 2019
“One of the most beautiful photo (sic) I’ve seen.. This made my day,” said @RutherIgnacio.
One of the most beautiful photo I’ve seen.. This made my day
— Ruther Ignacio (@RutherIgnacio) February 7, 2019
Some celebs who attended this year’s amfAR Gala include Kim Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian, Heidi Klum, Milla Jovovich, Victoria Justice, and Michelle Rodriguez.