Tila ilang araw nalang bago ang ika 27th birthday, January 6, ng Miss Universe 2018 na si Catriona Gray. pero ipinagdiwang na niya kahapon, January 3, ng tanghali ang kanyang kaarawan sa taped telecast ng Sunday Noontime Live, ang musical variety show ng TV5.
Ang special VTR appearance ni Sam Milby ang highlight ng birthday presentation ni Miss Universe Catriona Gray, na nagbigay ng sweet message si Sam Milby sa kanyang kasintahan.
“I’m proud of you. You have a heartful of compassion and everything.
“You’re such a big blessing to a lot of other people but you’re also such a big blessing in my life, so thank you for who you are and I really hope that God grants all the desires of your heart and be His servant.
“I love you, Koala. Happy birthday,” ang bahagi ng birthday message ni Sam para kay Catriona na kinilig dahil hindi niya inaasahan ang pagbati ng kanyang karelasyon.
Hindi naman napigilan na mapaluha ni Catriona matapos nitong sabihin ang labis na pangungulila sa kanyang mga magulang.
Ganun din ang pasasalamat ng former Miss Universe sa lahat ng kanyang mga kaibigan na itinuturing niyang pamilya.
“I have so much to be thankful for. I feel like this year I’ve grown so much, not height-wise but just the maturity and the things I’ve learned. It made me feel really, really hopeful. I don’t feel bad for being 27.
“Mom and dad, I missed you talaga. I hope that I can be with you both soon. Super miss ko kayo.
“I’m just thankful for everyone who supported me, my friends who have become my family. You know guys who you are and sa lahat ng mga supporter ko, maraming salamat. You always made me feel loved and appreciated.”
Para sa kanyang birthday celebration sa Sunday Noontime Live, makikitang walang make up si Catriona kasabay ang pagkanta niya sa “Scars to Your Beautiful” na kinanti din ng Canadian singer-songwritter na si Allesia Cara.
Ito ang ilang paliwanag ni Catriona kung bakit niya napilit kantahin ito.
“For my birthday prod I really wanted to show a different side of me, a vulnerable side.
“Behind my title, behind my job, I’m just a girl with a dream. I too battle with doubts and insecurities and internal fears.
“Scars to Your Beautiful” by @alessiasmusic – is not just a beautiful song but it carries an important message, one that I feel so many need to hear, but at times…I need to hear myself.”