5 ATTRIBUTES OF BICOLANOS THAT HELPED CATRIONA ELISA GRAY TO EMERGE AS THE MISS UNIVERSE 2018

Catriona Elisa Gray is known to spontaneously burst into song, which is most likely due to her love of the arts and her Master Certificate in Music Theory. A great travel buddy and definitely not a "scaredy cat," Catriona is always game for heart racing adventures. Zipline, anyone? This model is openly passionate about her love for Filipino dishes including adobo, balut, and the sweetest mangoes in the world. Catriona is an HIV/AIDS advocate at Love Yourself PH, and volunteers as a Teacher's Assistant to the students of Young Focus NGO. Catriona hopes to make her country proud at this year's Miss Universe competition.


Catriona has a Bicolanos blood, and Bicolanos are people who live in the southeastern peninsula of Luzon, containing the six provinces of Bicol. Their language is referred to as Bikol or Bicolano. The Bicolano language is very fragmented, and its dialects are mutually incomprehensible to speakers of other Bicolano dialects. They made up the fifth largest ethnolinguistic group in  country.

Catriona is friendly and sweet - Bikolanos are rated best in friendliness. This sociability is manifested during social celebrations and local fiestas. Its typical way of socialization is through drinking. It is because in drinking that discussions and camaraderie are established with lesser inhibitions and formality. This earned them the repute of being hospitable.

Bicolanos are well- known for the close family ties. Elisa Gray showcased her family oriented behaviors during the 2018 episode of miss universe contest. Many Bicolano live near their family for most of their lives, even as independent adults. In this setup, the children are living with their parent even after their marriage. This may continue until they have their own children. You can see three families living in the same house together with their parents.

Bicolanos talk a lot - Bicolanos start to talk the time they woke up and end before they sleep. They chat 24/7 with no endless issues. Some of these issues are the life, success, problems of others and even politics. Chatting serves as their “libangan” and “palipas oras”. If you have followed the program from the beginning you would find out this trait in Catriona.

The traits of the Bicolano are a by-product of various foreign and domestic regional influences that have been assimilated into its indigenous culture in the course of its history. 1. Bikolano is deeply religious - The most distinctive and visible evidence of their faith is exemplified in their devotion to the Lady of Peñafrancia,

With its extensive coastlines, Bicol also provides fish for both domestic consumption and sale on the local and national markets. Thirty percent of the regional GDP is derived from the service industry, mostly catering to the many tourists who travel to Bicol for the coastlines and mountains.  A small industrial sector contributes about 10 percent. Several abaca industries dominate this sector of the economy. Catrion seems to be hard working.

These are my personal research about Bicolanos, and observations from Catriona.

By Stephen Wise Boniface
reach me @ Stephenwise.life@mail.com.
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