Binibining Pilipinas winner Katarina Rodriguez ready to take on Miss World Philippines

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Katarina Rodriguez is one of the 40 candidates vying for the Miss World Philippines 2018 title at the grand coronation night on October 7 at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. (Photo, right) Katarina with Megan Young who she said has inspired her to join beauty pageants.


Katarina Rodriguez is one of the early favorites among the 40 candidates of Miss World Philippines 2018.

In an Instagram post last September 13, Katarina revealed that Miss World 2013 Megan Young has inspired her to enter the world of pageantry.

The 26-year-old model/host from Davao City, and Asia's Next Top Model Cycle 2 runner-up, posted their photo together at Bench Fashion Week 2018 last September 1.

She wrote on the caption: "Here’s a little #throwbackthursday to my very kilig moment at the @benchtm fashion show with the queen who inspired my spark into pageantry, the all around, naturally beautiful @meganbata our Miss World 2013... Thank you for having the kindest heart Megan!"

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PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) spoke with Katarina during the Bench fashion show and asked about her preparations for the pageant.

She said, "I'm super busy! Usually, Monday through Friday, we have something.

"We always have training every day but it's a lot of fun."

The former MTV Philippines host already won the Miss Intercontinental Philippines title at the Binibining Pilipinas pageant last year, but said the age limit has emboldened her to join the Miss World pageant.

Katarina explained, "It's my last year to join so I wanna maximize my time... because of the age limit."

Local pageants usually have an age limit of 27 years old.

Asked what changes she'll bring to the competition this time round, Katarina answered, "The fact that I'm more prepared and I know what to expect is definitely a big change.

"Also, that I have a shorter amount of time to prepare in the event that I win Miss World Philippines to competing in the international pageant."

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More than anything else, according to Katarina, she hopes to serve as good ambassadress for her chosen advocacy, which is yet to be revealed.

"Miss World is very advocacy based and I really admire that about them.

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"I feel like it's the toughest pageant to compete in because you have to be holistic as a female, which is quite tough 'cause you have to worry about all angles of the essence of being a woman."

The current Miss World Philippines Laura Lehmann will pass on the title at the pegant's grand coronation night on October 7 at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.


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Nikko Tuazon is a lifestyle writer with a strong interest in pop culture, fashion, beauty, and music. Connect with him on Instagram at @mrnikkotuazon.


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