The auction of Catriona Gray’s Miss Universe prelims pin ended with a final price of ₱250,000.
The item was part of celebrity auction Shop & Share that aims to help raise funds for coronavirus mass testing for underprivileged communities in the Philippines.
Few weeks ago, Catriona promoted the bidding on her social media account
“My MU candidate pin that I wore in the prelims of Miss Universe means so much to me, but I’ve decided to dedicate to a cause,” she wrote in an Instagram story. “It’s currently up for auction. All proceeds going towards aiding the government’s efforts to provide mass testing.”
The official website of Shop & Share shows that from ₱20,000, the 12th anonymous bidder got the item.
“Catriona Gray’s official Miss Universe Candidate PIN used in Preliminary Competition of Miss Universe 2018,” the text written on the site read along with the photos of Catriona and the pin. “In December 2018 in Bangkok Thailand, Miss Universe Philippines, Catriona Gray debuted the “slow-mo turn” and Ibong Adarna gown. The Philippines sash was secured over her heart with this pin.”
“Of very high sentimental value, Catriona wants to share its significance to another, to benefit her countrymen just as she dedicates her title of Miss Universe.
A personal, hand written note on the Official Miss Universe 2018 Comp-Card will also accompany the pin.”
Shop & Share was organized by Angel Locsin, Anne Curtis, Bea Alonzo, and Dimples Romana.
The Shop & Share Initiative goes back to 2009, when the stars, along with their friends from the Entertainment and Sports Industries, started an online campaign to help raise funds for those who were affected by Typhoon Ondoy. With the help of those who donated and those who supported and bought pre-loved items, Shop&Share was able to provide essentials to families devastated by the typhoon via the Philippine Red Cross.
A decade after, their help is once again needed. During the frightening time of COVID-19, they encourage everyone to come together to help those who are in need and support the government in extending more COVID-19 tests to underprivileged Filipinos, those who might not get a chance to get tested even when it’s critical.
“So feel free to look through these special items and buy what you love — and together we can help save lives.”
Aside from Catriona, other celebrities who have joined the cause include former Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, actress Liza Soberano, actor Joshua Garcia, singer Ogie Alcasid, and comedian Vice Ganda.