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
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