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Catriona Gray is not a “Pure Filipino.” But is there really such a thing?

How ‘Filipino’ should a Filipino be? As we progress into our evolution, our diaspora often finds us asking a lot of questions pertaining to our ethnicity. Editor in chief Lalaine Chu Benitez tackles the matter and sheds light on our situation as global Filipinos. #illustradomagazine #taasnoofilipino
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Bettina Micu – Illustrado 300 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf

Young, beautiful, and armed with a cleverness that belies her tender age, Bettina represents the future of fashion blogs in the Middle East. Her style mindset is decidedly practical and inclusive. She says, “Never judge! Even if I see an outfit that I know isn’t my style, or something I don’t immediately identify with, I always remind myself that we all have different taste and ways of expressing ourselves, and I think that’s really cool!”

Photo by Alex Callueng; Photography Assistant – Bethoven Filomeno Special thanks to – Giordano, Nikon, Liali Jewellery, Lulu, Mitsubishi and Western Union.

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Bobby Caparas – Illustrado 300 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf

Widely considered as the Gulf’s top Glam Guru, Bobby has a career that extends 36 years as one of the most admired make up artists in the Asia Pacific. Two years ago, he won the Asian Trend award for Make Up Artist Of The Year in Chengdu, China – proof positive of Bobby’s ability to transcend trends and stay relevant amidst the ever-evolving standards of beauty.

Photo by Alex Callueng; Photography Assistant – Bethoven Filomeno Special thanks to – Giordano, Nikon, Liali Jewellery, Lulu, Mitsubishi and Western Union.

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Flor Pesigan – Illustrado 300 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf

She encourages her fellow Filipinos to let go of the limiting beliefs that obstruct their growth, and allow themselves to evolve, experiment, express, expand and ultimately experience their full potential. In her own words: “Life has a lot to offer, and you have a lot to offer in your life.”

Photo by Alex Callueng; Photography Assistant – Bethoven Filomeno Special thanks to – Giordano, Nikon, Liali Jewellery, Lulu, Mitsubishi and Western Union.

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Pauline Moreno Craig – Illustrado 300 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf

#taasnoofilipino Pauline Moreno aka Dj Miss PM has been a strong fixture in Dubai’s clubbing scene since 2009, directing the flow of the party around many of the emirate’s prominent clubs and music festivals. But this lady’s not just about pumping up the bass, Dubai’s First Lady of Techno is actually growing up to be a teacher. #illustradomagazine #100MIFG
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Irene Corpuz – Illustrado 300 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf

Irene Corpuz is widely recognized as one of the Gulf region’s leading figures in the field of Information Technology. As Head of Planning and IT Security for the Western Region Municipality, she is responsible for planning and implementing key IT strategies to achieve the government organization’s overall KPI’s.
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