More than two years ago today – the 22nd of November 2016 to be exact – Catriona Gray, who was then the reigning Miss World Philippines, was given her official sendoff to Miss World 2016 at the C3 Events Place Greenhills. I was able to corner her to sing a few lines in Tagalog (or Filipino if you will). Watch the first video above.
Now if you click the second video below, she gave her greetings to the readers of normannorman.com.
Just imagine, had Catriona won Miss World 2016, then the right photos of her as Miss Universe 2018 (courtesy of The Nation Bangkok and PentyDynamics) would not happen and there just might be no BIG reason for the Philippines’ major celebration in pageantry.
#Binibini35 Sandra Lemonon
From being Miss World Philippines 2016 4th Princess, Sandra Lemonon crossed over to Bb. Pilipinas 2018 as your #Binibini35. She is very pleased with the move:
“I couldn’t be happier in being a Binibini because I get the chance to share who I am as a person & what I believe in.
I’ve always believed that kindness is a universal language. And being kind to one another is the first step to respect & understanding of each others’ differences.
I want to share to everyone that true beauty comes from the heart.
I grew up in 3 different cultures & I thought that it was “normal” for everyone to accept diversity. Sadly, this is not the case. I have been through moments where I was judged because of my backround and I do not want anyone to feel that pain, or feel like they always need to fit in.
This is why I couldn’t be happier in being part of Bb. Pilipinas 2018 because it allows me to share my voice and I would like to use this platform hopefully not just to the Philippines but around the world. We should be kinder in learning to accept diversity & be more inclusive so that we can all be better & happier people.”
What personal trait/s will help you gain a firmer hold in the quest for a major crown?
“I would say it has to be my willingness to learn & it never hurts to be kind too. Each day I always learn something new, even if it is just something little. I find this very important because I always have something new to share. What’s more, I become a better and knowledgable Sandra.”
Watch your #Binibini35 in her personal interview video below.
#Binibini20 Catriona Gray
No need for a lengthy introduction here, since your Binibini 20 Catriona Gray is already the face of Bb. Pilipinas 2018 this early in the competition. And that means she is currently installed as the top favorite of most everyone at this point in time. But let us allow the edition to go its normal course because this is a contest still on the road to reaching its peak.
For now, let us watch Cat’s personal interview video:
Catriona Gray as photographed by Andy Cayna
Last Sunday night, your blogger spent some personal talk time with the beautiful Catriona Gray when we were seated beside each other during the birthday celebration of Col. Ricardo Nolasco Jr PAF (Ret) of Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center at Forum 1 of Solaire Resort and Casino.
Truth be told, Cat was nursing a fever that night but gamely attended the event since she is the new “World-Class Beauty” endorser of the premiere pageant destination in the country with a video launched during the proceedings.
Cat was visibly surprised and worried about all the spreading talks and rumors about transferring beauty camps which she simply dismissed as small talks from different people which got bigger but totally untrue. If at any, she is more concerned on whether she should really take the risk of joining Bb. Pilipinas. If a yes, there is even uncertainty on whether she would take part in the 2018 or 2019 edition. At 23, she still has the luxury of waiting it out for another year or two. After all, there will only be one – and only one – title she would be interested in pursuing.
Let us give Cat that extra time to mull over matters first. And I will keep you on the loop with whatever move she finally decides to take.
In the meantime, here is a video of Cat singing a Norah Jones song during the said birthday bash.
Miss World Philippines 2016 and Miss World 2016 3rd Runner-up Catriona Gray is teamed up with Misters of Filipinas – Man of the World 2017 Clint Karklins as image models for the launch of the Bragais™ line. Here’s the pitch:
Smell good and be more Attractive with BRAGAIS™ Perfume!
Yours at a very affordable introductory price of Php 399 for women Php 420 for men!
Comes with a good box and paper bag that is just perfect gift for this holiday season.
Limited Stocks only….
If you haven’t started with your Holiday Shopping yet, then I offer these items for your consideration.
And they smell real good too!
You can place your orders online – just like you would his famous heels – via the FB page of Bragais Shoes