Katarina Rodriguez is a 25-year-old Filipina beauty queen from Davao City. She took up a double major of Business Management and Philosophy from De La Salle University, and has been a model, cycling instructor, a competitive long distance runner and had the opportunity to be one of the MTV Philippines VJs and was under Viva Artists Agency before she competed in the pageant.
She was recognized after appearing as a contestant on the second season of the known competition Asia’s Next Top Model. She won as the second runner-up overall and had the second highest votes. She decided to become a beauty queen in order to have a platform to share her advocacy which are HIV and AIDS Awareness Advocate and Peace Advocate. She was crowned as Miss Philippine Airlines 2017 and Bb. Pilipinas – Intercontinental 2017.
Katarina Rodriguez have been part of service oriented organizations who dedicated the improvement of life of marginalized members of the society. Since 2014, she has been an ambassador of Save Sexy, an organization aimed at the education of the youth on HIV and AIDS. She is also part of an organization called Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid. In 2014, she has joined Stop Ivory organization, who hopes to stop the killing of endangered species for Ivory.
She believes that attaining peace is possible. In fact, she was part of the fifth round of Peace Talks between CCP-NDF and the government of the Republic of the Philippines. She is also passionate about the youth joining the dialogue for peace. Katarina was a speaker in Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in Cambodia and the recent International Youth Day where she spoke about her advocacy of peace.
Back in July 2017, Katarina had her first ever solo fashion show after winning Bb. Pilipinas – Intercontinental at SM CDO Downtown Premiere. For her, Cagayan de Oro is her second home. One of the gowns that she will be using for the pageant is from one of top designers in the city – Gil Macaibay III.
Katarina Rodriguez will be competing at the Miss Intercontinental pageant where she plans to elevate her platform of peace. The event will be held at Sunrise Crystal Bay Resort in Hurghada, Egypt on January 24, 7pm Egypt Time while January 25, 1am in Philippine time.