Philippine bet Katarina Rodriguez definitely brought her A-game to the Miss Intercontinental 2017 pageant.
The 24-year-old model-turned-beauty queen was hailed 1st runner-up at the pageant's grand coronation night held at Sunrise Garden Beach Resort & Spa in Hurghada, Egypt on Tuesday night, January 24 (Egypt time).
Katarina had a lot of shining moments during the pageant—from the swimsuit round up to the question and answer portion.
Some of her fans' favorite highlights were, of course, the evening gown and national costume competitions.
The former Asia's Next Top Model contestant wore creations of her favorite designer, Francis Libiran, whom she also had the pleasure of working with during her Binibining Pilipinas 2017 stint.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) learned more about Katarina's Miss Intercontinental 2017 looks in a short chat with Victor Harry, Francis's PR and brand relations manager.
Victor told PEP.ph, "Prior to the international competition held in Egypt, Miss Intercontinental Asia and Oceania Katarina Rodriguez has already been constantly wearing Francis Libiran creations.
"In fact, Francis Libiran designed her National Costume and winning gown during the Binibining Pilipinas 2017 competition.
"Katarina was very involved in the process of making her gowns and very open with Francis’ suggestions and ideas."
For the evening gown portion of the pageant, Katarina bloomed in a “dragonfruit pink” silk dress which featured rose petals-like layers.
Victor noted, "For her evening gown, Katarina wore a long gown in pure silk fabric.
"Francis wanted the gown to be really flowy and sexy. During her fittings, we made sure that Katarina will be able to walk properly and comfortably with her gown.
"The color that Kat and Francis both picked is 'dragonfruit pink' which complements Katarina’s skin tone and total look."
Meanwhile, Katarina's national costume was inspired by the Philippine Kalesa.
Victor told PEP, "Her National Costume at the recently concluded Miss Intercontinental pageant in Egypt is made of pure Art Deco cutouts, Francis Libiran’s signature style.
"It was inspired by the Kalesa and its intricate parts—a horse-drawn carriage used in the Philippines as a mode of transportation introduced to the country by the Spaniards.
"Katarina wanted Francis’ aesthetics to be really visible with her National Costume."