2018 was undoubtedly a good year for Pinoy pride—one of the most colorful in the decade, if we say so ourselves. From fashion, film, to sports, we've reached some major milestones thanks to our fellow Filipinos that raised the country's flag in their achievements overseas. Keep scrolling to see some of the biggest headline-makers of the year!
1. Kris Aquino
The film adaptation of Kevin Kwan's best selling novel Crazy Rich Asians broke records all over the world, making a huge statement in the importance of diversity in cinema. Perhaps one of the most talked-about topics was Kris Aquino's appearance in the film, where she played the role of Princess Intan in the now-famous wedding scene wearing none other than a yellow Michael Cinco gown.
2. Nico Santos
Another Pinoy in the CRA cast was Nico Santos, a Filipino-American actor. He played Nick Young's fashion designer cousin, Oliver T'Sien, and is also known for his role in the TV comedy Superstore. In the film, Nico stole the show with his witty lines and hilarious reactions.
3. Kelsey Merritt
22-year-old model Kelsey Merritt made history by becoming the first Filipina to walk the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. She caught the attention of international publications like Teen Vogue, and was even featured on Vogue's website. However, we think it's only the beginning for this Fil-Am beauty, and we can't wait to see what's next for her!
4. Catriona Gray
Catriona Gray was recently crowned as the newest Miss Universe, taking the crown back to the Philippines merely three years later after Pia Wurtzbach's reign. The model-singer wowed the judges and spectators worlwide not only with her signature strut and slow-motion turn, but also her dedication to showcasing Filipino talent. Two years prior, she also represented the country in the Miss World 2016 and made it to top five.
5. The Filipina Medalists at the Asian Games 2018
Filipina athletes made the country proud at the this year's Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia. Spin reports Olympic silver medalist for weightlifting Hidilyn Diaz topped the rankings in the 53kg division, while Margie Didal won the country four golds for street skateboarding. We were also well-represented in golf, with Yuka Saso and Bianca Pagdanganan bagging gold and bronze in individual gold, respectively.
Team Philippines had an influx of bronze models as well from Pauline Lopez (taekwondo), Agatha Wong (wushu), Juvenile Faye Crisostomo, Rinna Babanto, and Janna Dominique Oliva (poomsae) Cherry May Regalado (pencak silat), Junna Tsukii (karate), and Meggie Ochoa (jiu-jitsu). Talk about girl power!
6. Pia Wurtzbach
Madame Tussauds Hong Kong selected their first Filipino wax figure to be none other than Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach. Her finished wax figure (wearing her blue Michael Cinco, no less!) is set to be revealed in 2019, and was modeled after the moment she was passing on her crown.
7. Michael Cinco
Without a doubt, Michael Cinco had a great run this 2018. In fact, did you notice he's been part of the success of two Filipinas on this list? That said, one of our favorite moments was when Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai wore his butterfly-inspired masterpiece at the recent Cannes Film Festival.
The dress, which the designer named The Impalpable Dream fo the Butterfly, was embellished entirely in Swarovski crystals, had a three-meter scalloped train, and took a total of 3000 hours to make. A grander version of it with a 20-foot long cape was also shown at the Swarovski exhibit.
8. Lea Salonga
It's every musician's dream to get a Grammy, and Lea Salonga is well on her way to doing just that. She's one of the principal soloists on the cast album of the broadway musical Once on This Island, which was nominated for the prestigious award. That's right—the world-renowned Filipino singer is officially a Grammy nominee!