Katarina Rodriguez wins Miss World Philippines 2018

She was known in her modeling career and a contestant for Asia's Next Top Model Season 2. Katarina Sonja Rodriguez, a Filipino-American beauty from Davao City, was crowned as Miss World Philippines 2018 on October 7 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

She started her Beauty Queen career in Binibining Pilipinas in 2017 where bagged the title for Miss Intercontinental Philippines. Then she became the Philippines representative at the Intercontinental pageant held in Egypt where she got 1st runner-up, Miss Media Popularity Award and 1st runner-up in Best in National Costume.

The 26-year-old Katarina bested other 40 candidates at the Miss World Philippines 2018 pageant. Her advocacy is to share awareness about HIV through the Red Whistle and Save Sexy. This local platform that aims to educate and support those who are living with HIV and AIDS.

During the final question and answer portion (Q&A), Katarina was asked: "there are people who believe that beauty pageant are a form of woman exploitation. What can you do to change their opinion?"

She answered: "I'd like to think that one should live by example. And I actually would like to admit that I was one of those before, until I learned more about what beauty pageant are about".

"One thing I can tell you is that you may think it's very competitive but it's not. You understand beauty pageants when you know that it is actually not competitive against other women. It's actually competitive towards yourself. And in a sense, it's all about woman empowerment. ANd you can feel that in this group of girls...each girl knows that we are all individually beautiful."

Katarina also won special awards such as Best in Long Gown, Miss Resorts World Manila, Miss Bench, Beach Beauty Challenge, Miss Bluewater Day Spa, and Miss Cosmo Skin. 


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