Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 2 finalist Katarina Rodriguez bagged the first runner-up award at the 2017 Miss Intercontinental pageant, held at the Sunrise Garden Beach Resort and Spa in Egypt, Wednesday night. Veronica Salas Vallejo of Mexico was hailed as the winner.
The judges also selected queens for each continent, and Katarina was named Miss Intercontinental Asia.
The 24-year-old Filipina impressed the viewers not just with her stunning beauty and showstopping performance, but also with her impressive answer during the Q&A portion.
The question was: “What is the most important thing that you have learned about participating in Miss Intercontinental?”
"The most important thing that I have learned while participating in this beauty pageant is actually an Arabic word, which is actually named after one of the Sunrise Resorts. It's called meraki. It means to do all things with passion, soul, and creativity. When I heard this word and the definition, it resonated with me, until now and for the rest of my life. Therefore, that is the most important thing that I've learned while participating in this pageant. Meraki, to do all things with soul, passion, and creativity. Thank you."
A total of 66 candidates from all around the world competed for the title.
But really, even without the crown, Katarina has always been a queen—on Instagram! Ever since her second runner-up finish last 2014 for Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 2, netizens just couldn’t stop talking about her queenly aura on the 'gram. And now that she’s officially a title-holder, we can’t help but look back at some of her hottest IG looks so far.
We are looking forward to seeing more stunning snaps with your crown on, Katarina!