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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Oct 15, 2020



MISS UNIVERSE 2018 CATRIONA GRAY is one of the hosts of TV5’s “Sunday Noontime Live” or SNL and she got the most number of questions during the zoom presscon held to promote it with two other new shows, “Oh My Dad” and “I Got You”, all produced by Brightlight Productions of Cong.  Albee Benitez.

The first question to Catriona is: did she ask for any tips from BF Sam Milby about hosting? 

“Yes, he’s more seasoned as a host and a performer than me, so he has shared some valid pointers with me,” she says. “I did some hosting in ‘It’s Showtime’ before, but I now also did some research on my own. I’ve watched several variety shows to study how others do it and see how I can come up with my own style of hosting.”

With the pandemic lockdown going on, does she see the annual Miss Universe pageant still going on? 

“I hope so, but of course, because of the restrictions, we have to leave the final decision to the pageant’s organizers. Let us just wait and see if it would push through or they’d decide to postpone it.”

“Sunday Noontime Live” or SNL will start airing this Sunday on TV5 and Catriona says she is excited to share the same stage with her co-hosts: Piolo Pascual, Maja Salvador, Jake Ejercito and Donny Pangilinan, under the direction of Johnny Manahan. 

Catriona is also an accomplished singer so she’s looking forward to doing musical production numbers with them.

Off cam, Catriona continues her civic mission as a beauty queen to help local businesses in her own vlog with her Raise Your Flag series. 

Lots of local garment factories slowed down because of the pandemic and she helped them promote their products by personally promoting them in various places in our country. 

She has just been to Zamboanga to help sell textiles made of indigenous and traditional materials, some of which she herself used and wore when she joined Miss Universe. 

“I’m really so proud to promote uniquely Filipino made products to help local businesses and our countrymen,” she declares.