Katarina Sonja Rodriguez was born on August 1, 1992, is a Filipino-American MTV VJ, athlete, model, and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss World Philippines 2018 and Miss Intercontinental Philippines 2017. She represented the Philippines in Miss Intercontinental 2017 where she placed as the first runner-up and will also represent the Philippines in Miss World 2018 pageant. She rose to fame after placing third in the second season of Asia’s Next Top Model in 2014 She later placed as the 1st runner-up in Miss Intercontinental 2017 after having been crowned Miss Intercontinental Philippines 2017 at the Binibining Pilipinas 2017 pageant. She was also crowned as Miss World Philippines 2018.
Katarina was born in Orlando, Florida to Filipino parents. Her mother is from Manila while her dad is from Davao and spent her childhood going back and forth between the US and the Philippines every other year. She attended her high school years in Orlando and recounted all the bullies that she encountered in school that helped her develop a “tough skin” before finally moving to the Philippines for good with her family, to study a double major in Business Management and Philosophy from De La Salle University in Manila. She is also a cycling instructor, a competitive long-distance runner from Davao City and participated as a member of De La Salle University Women’s Track and Field Team.
At the encouragement of her two close friends, Katarina auditioned for the second season of Asia’s Next Top Model. She was selected as part of the show’s final three contestants along with fellow Filipina candidate Jodilly Pendre but ultimately did not win.
After her appearance in Asia’s Next Top Model, Rodriguez caught the attention of well-known beauty queen trainer, Jonas Gaffud of Aces and Queens, who encouraged her to try out pageantry. #Binibining Pilipinas 2017 Rodriguez entered the Binibining Pilipinas 2017 pageant and won the title of Miss Intercontinental Philippines 2017 during the coronation night held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on April 30, 2017, gaining the right to represent the Philippines at Miss Intercontinental 2017. #Miss Intercontinental 2017 Rodriguez represented the Philippines at the Miss Intercontinental 2017 pageant held in Hurghada, Egypt, on January 24, 2018, where she finished as 1st runner-up to Veronica Salas Vallejo from Mexico. She also gathered Miss Media Popularity award and 1st runner-up in Best in National Costume.
Miss World Philippines 2018
On 07 October 2018, she was crowned as Miss World Philippines 2018 by the outgoing titleholder Laura Lehmann.
Miss World 2018
Rodriguez will represent the Philippines at Miss World 2018 in Sanya, China on December 8, 2018, where Manushi Chhillar of India will crown her successor at the end of the event.
She is an advocate of peace and HIV-Aids awareness.
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