We are going to start the coverage of Miss World 2018 with getting to know more about the candidates who will compete for the crown of Miss World 2018. We just started the Reader’s Choice Poll for Miss World 2018 and we invite you to vote for your favorite candidate by clicking HERE.
For our 1st candidate that we will be featuring, let’s get to know more about recently crowned Miss World Philippines 2018, Katarina Rodriguez.
Modeling and beauty queen… that’s what we can say about the Philippines representative to Miss World 2018. She’s known in real life as Katarina Sonja Rodriguez.
She was born on August 1, 1992 and she’s a Filipino-American VJ on MTV, an active athlete, model, and currently crowned as Miss World Philippines 2018.
Right from the very start…
Katja started her early life in Orlando, Florida and she actively lives back and forth in Philippines and Florida every other year. Her parents lives in Manila (mother) and Bataan (father). Her high school years were also in Orlando, Florida and she was bullied so many times and that helped her to develop a tough skin. She moved to the Philippines after she was bullied so many times and she studied double major in Business Management and Philosophy in De La Salle University.
Currently, she’s a cycling instructor and a competitive long-distance runner from Davao City and she was a member of La Salle Women’s Track and Field Team.
Before beauty pageants
Before she joined any beauty pageants, she joined first the Asia’s Next Top Model in the year 2014 where she was part of the Final 3 along with her fellow Filipina model who was also a candidate in the name of Jodilly Pendre.
First Local Beauty Pageant: Binibining Pilipinas 2017
Katja’s stint in Binibining Pilipinas 2017 was indeed a major success after she hit the crowning glory of becoming Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental 2017. She was awarded also as Miss Philippine Airlines 2017 during her stint in the Binibining Pilipinas.
First International Beauty Pageant: Miss Intercontinental 2017
Few months after Katja’s win in Binibining Pilipinas as Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2017, she competed in Miss Intercontinental 2017 where she was awarded as Miss Media Popularity Award, 1st runner-up in National Costume Competition and ended up as Miss Intercontinental 2017’s 1st Runner-up
Second Local Beauty Pageant: Miss World Philippines 2018
Right after she passed on the crown to the reigning Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental 2018 Karen Gallman, she decided to join the Miss World Philippines 2018. [Check out our Miss World Philippines 2018 Coverage]
She derived herself on being a great competitor as she joined the said pageant. She competed in numerous pre-pageant competitions like Miss World PH 2018 Sports Competition, Miss World PH 2018 Top Model, Miss World PH 2018 Multimedia where she ended up as one of the finalists and the Miss World PH 2018 Beach Beauty competition where she was named as the winner of the competition and was hailed as the semi-finalist.
She also bagged numerous Special Awards like Best in Long Gown, Miss Blue Water Day Spa, Miss Cosmo Skin, Miss Resorts World Manila and Miss Bench Body.
In the end, she was crowned as the rightful representative of Philippines to Miss World 2018.
Will she be lucky enough to get the Miss World crown after Megan Lynne Young, the 1st Filipina who was crowned Miss World? Find out on December 8, 2018 as Katja competes with other candidates in the Miss World 2018 pageant to be held in Sanya, China.