Here's What Miss World Philippines 2018 Katarina Rodriguez Has Been Up To Before The Big Pageant
When asked what winning a title would help her prove to the world, she said, "I don’t want to conquer the world; I want to help make it better."
And that's exactly what Katarina Rodriguez, the Philippines' bet for the upcoming Miss World pageant, is doing as she prepares to step onto the world stage in a few days' time.
"My main motivation truly would have to be my supporters and the Filipinos who expected me to join one more time, my last eligible opportunity. After all the support and love they gave me," continued Katarina in an exclusive interview with Metro.Style in September.
Her words will likely continue to ring true as the Miss World 2018 competition draws closer than ever, a major event that's scheduled on December 8 and set to take place in Sanya, China, an oceanside destination. It will be the beauty's second try at winning a crown for the Philippines, the first being her Miss Intercontinental attempt in 2017 that saw her end the night as the first runner-up.
Since arriving in China two weeks ago, Katarina hasn't just participated in photo shoots, dinners, beach adventures, and downtime that have allowed her to get to know her fellow candidates better, but also in activities that help further the mission of a bonafide Miss World titleholder.
Most notably, she's had the opportunity to listen to reigning Miss World Manushi Chhillar and singer, actress, and model Stephanie De Valle speak at Mei She River Wetlands Park and San Jiao Chi Park, a recently rehabilitated green space that was once run down and ill-maintained.
The day has since been followed by visits to Mission Hills School where Katarina and candidates spoke about the value of education to pupils, Feng Xiao Movie Town (a manmade destination popularly used as a filming location and tourist attraction), Haikou's Wet 'N' Wild water park (the largest of its kind in China), and Mission Hills Hot Springs (reportedly the biggest hot springs in the world).
A chance for Katarina to practice her runway skills also came in the form of her modeling at 19th Hainan International Tourism Island Carnival, an event that saw Miss World 2018 hopefuls don their national costumes for an adoring crowd.
From day one up to this very day, it's clear that Katarina has been embodying all that a Miss World titleholder should have: a harmonious spirit that encourages friendship and togetherness, a positive disposition even on hectic days, and the drive to keep going, even when the pressure becomes more and more palpable.
She's well on her way to coming out on top!
Photos from @katarinarodri