Standing at 6ft, Cathy placed 2nd runner up in the 2006 Miss Earth and is known as Miss Earth Water. She graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines and is currently the executive director of the Miss Earth Foundation. Bakawan is her second collaboration storybook as Miss Earth, and her way of teaching kids how to help in the fight against pollution. She says, "It discusses how waste affects our environment and ultimately our lives. We sincerely hope that it will help bring attention to our mangroves, a sanctuary for birds and marine life which are often neglected. This book is for the youth who will inherit this Earth and even to the adults who we should all look up to."