If at all, our first ABS-CBN Lifestyle Inspo Catriona Gray's Miss Universe 2018 coronation was an early Christmas present for Filipinos.
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On Monday morning, everyone glued on their screens watching the Fil-Aussie beauty work it felt like they were all in the same roller coaster of emotions. How to describe the ride? Nerve-wracking? Petrifying? Exhausting? Not enough words, really. Nonetheless, we broke these stages down into the following. Share and comment if you agree!
STAGE 1: Feeling that spark of hope as Catriona enters the Top 20 candidates. Also, concealing that excitement, 'cause, really, we're almost always on the Top 20. #HumbleBrag
STAGE 2: Heaving a "Hay, salamat!" or "Praise the Lord!" once she makes it to the Top 10. Just a little more... Controlling the shriek...
STAGE 3: That spark of hope blazing into fire as she dazzles in her Mak Tumang slit dress and gets announced as a Top 5 finalist! YOU GO GURL!
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STAGE 4: Butterflies flying in our stomach as she gets asked about the legalization of marijuana in the country—one of the most pressing issues of our time! Can you say, "relevant?" Also, loving that short and sweet answer!
STAGE 5: Queen Catriona makes it to the Top 3. GET THAT CROWWWWN!
STAGE 6: When asked about the most important lesson she has learned in her life and how it can be applied during her Miss U reign, she talked about her experience working in the slums of Tondo, Manila. "The life there is very... it's poor and it's very sad. I've always taught myself to look for the beauty in it, to look in the beauty of the faces of the children, and to be grateful. I would bring this aspect as a Miss Universe to see situations with a silver lining and to assess where I could give something, where I could provide something as a spokesperson. If I could also teach people to be grateful, we could have an amazing world where negativity could not grow and foster, and children will have a smile on their faces.” Altogether now... AAAAHHHHH! Is that victory we smell?
STAGE 7: Totally living for Catriona’s lava walk in her Mayon Volcano-inspired gown. At this point, we can already feel our hearts skip a beat nearing the announcement of this year’s Miss Universe!
STAGE 8: Our feelings are all over the place—is this the real life, is this just fantasy? There’s this big sigh of relief and triumphant joy combined with extreme levels of excitement! For a moment, even, we forget we haven't had lunch! That's the Catriona effect!
Again, congratulations, Catriona Gray! You've made us all proud!
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