Catriona Gray really put on the "guest editor" hat tight as our first of whom here on ABS-CBN Lifestyle. As editor in chief, I've long been planning to get these busy celebs to help us curate our site's content on a per month basis, and boy when we got our first one, we surely got the full experience.
But before that, the picking.
See, it wasn't difficult for us to defend why the Binibining Pilipinas - Universe 2018 became top of mind. She's gorgeous, brainy, straight-up hot—a superficial illusion that would later be quashed as these words just seemed to underrate her. Shooting her at the magnificent Chairman Suite at Marriott Hotel in Pasay City as our first ABS-CBN Lifestyle Inspo, the team and I discovered more about our Miss Universe bet.
Cat, gracious and towering at 5'10" (I point this out 'cause I stand at 6', and intimidated), is one heck of a goofball. She knows how to make a charming conversation, with her straight but twang-tinted Tagalog and loud, loud laughter. Her manner of humor, made to keep you dazzled in a moment. 'Cause, really, when someone that pretty is talking to you and cracks a joke, what would you do? It became worse in a good way when her beau of six years Clint Bondad dropped by at the shoot. Clint, who's part-German, had this weird, sardonic sense of humor, which a squinting Catriona always mocked. (Catch our video of them describing each other—it's hilaaaaarious!) It would really be interesting to see the entirety of Cat's personality as she steps on the Miss U stage very soon!
We really enjoyed shooting—no, bonding—with Catriona. But our relationship with her didn't end in that hotel room, of course, as she went on to write and produce for us for the whole month of July. All the things published on the site as our #ABSCBNLifestyleInspo she's authored, she really authored. Girl surely got passion, wit, and world-class smarts to win whatever stage you put her on, and so we on the team are putting all our bets on her.
Enjoy reading and viewing the following!
#ABSCBNLifestyleInspo Catriona Gray: Gone With The Old, Here's My New Definition Of 'Beauty Queen!'
#ABSCBNLifestyleInspo Catriona Gray: The (Rocky) Road To The 'Miss Universe' Crown
#ABSCBNLifestyleInspo Catriona Gray: Things I Would Tell My Younger Self
#ABSCBNLifestyleInspo Catriona Gray: #RealTalk—Here Are My Low Maintenance Beauty Secrets!
Love Actually: #ABSCBNLifestyleInspo Catriona Gray And Boyfie Clint Bondad Play 'Fill In The Blanks'
Love Actually: #ABSCBNLifestyleInspo Catriona Gray And Clint Bondad Play 'Fill In The Blanks'—Again!
ABS-CBN Lifestyle Asks #ABSCBNLifestyleInspo Catriona Gray: To Replay Her Own YouTube Covers!
Produced by Barry Viloria | Photography by Vyn Radovan | Cinematography by Lui Jimenez and Tin Zabat | Editing by Tin Zabat | Makeup by Muriel Vega Perez using Clinique PH | Hair by Xy Eugenio | Styling by Randz Manucom | Interview by Mels Timan | Shot on location at the Chairman Suite of Marriott Hotel Manila | Special thanks to Hope Velasco of Marriott Hotel Manila
Clothing credits: H&M
Accessories (crowns and earrings): Jun Ablaza