Miss Philippines Catriona Gray, the newly crowned Miss Universe 2018, surprised netizens after revealing that she secretly spent the holidays in the country with her parents and loved ones for almost 15 days.

Gray apparently requested for privacy regarding her parties and appearances during the holidays and did not immediately depart for New York City last December 20, 2018 as earlier reported.

Photos of Gray surfaced on the Internet on January 2 that showed her checking in alone at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 in Parañaque City for her flight to New York via Vancouver.

Photo Credits: Miss PH Facebook Page

For her flight to the US, the Filipino-Australian beauty queen wore a jacket made by Jorel Espina Bomberong and styled by Ton Lao and Justine Aliman.

Gray later posted on Instagram: “Refreshed from a quiet holiday season with my loved ones, I’ve packed up my home in Manila and now I’m ready to move to my new home in New York City!! I still can’t believe it! @missuniverse. I have to say I’m most nervous about experiencing the chill of NYC in winter but would love to know, what are your recommendations to see, do and eat?!”

Gray is set to begin her press tour in The Big Apple on January 7 to start her Miss Universe reign. She will return to the Philippines for her victory parade and first press conference as Miss Universe in February.