What if Miss Universe had this kind of query for their Q&A segment: "If you could put any condiment on an empanada, what would it be?"
Well, for Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, the answer would be ketchup. The beauty queen tickled the funny bones of netizens as a photo of her eating an Ilocos empanada with ketchup went viral.
Filipinos online began debating about her choice in the Facebook comments section, but not in the typical way. Netizens gave their quips on the viral photo as pageant liners, with some even referencing the beauty queen's answers during her Miss Universe 2018 run.
"Hundred and four millions empanada," one user said, a reference to when Gray said, "I stand here not as one but as a hundred and four million Filipinos!"
"I think, first of all, it takes bravery. To be a Miss World is to carry a bottle of ketchup. It is like action carried out by one to illuminate the empanadas. And I would dedicate my whole self, my love for the arts and my voice to try to uplift, empower, and pour this ketchup to all empanadas. And it would be my greatest honor and duty to hold this ketchup high enough so that all the world could feel and see its spice. Thank you," another comment read.
"A child once told me, 'Cat, ketchup is just not for empanadas and that suka is meant for it,' but I stand here today because someone believed in me. And we owe it to empanadas to enjoy them!" one user added.
"I prefer ketchup in empanada to be used, but not so for recreational use. Because I think if people were to argue: Then what about Suka in Empanada? Well, everything is good but in moderation. Thank you," another said, referencing Gray's answer when she was asked for her opinion on the legalization of marijuana.
Gray herself read the comments and was left laughing because of them.
"The comment section has me 💀🤣🤣🤣🤣," Miss Universe 2018 commented on the photo.
"Kayo talagaaaaaa 💀🤣🤣🤣," she said in an Instagram story of screenshots of the hilarious comments.
The viral photo was from Gray's trip to Batac City in Ilocos where in addition to eating empanadas, she also got to visit the Paoay church.