- Philippines' bet Katarina Rodriguez bagged the first runner-up in the recently concluded Miss Intercontinental 2017
- The pageant was held at Sunrise Garden Beach Resort & Spa in Hurghada, Egypt, Tuesday, January 24 (Egypt time)
- It is the Philippines' 2nd time to win the 1st runner up in the said pageant
Katarina Rodriguez made the Filipinos proud as she finishes first runner-up in the recently concluded Miss Intercontinental 2017.
Katarina competed with the sixty-six candidates from different countries around the world held at Sunrise Garden Beach Resort & Spa in Hurghada, Egypt, Tuesday, January 24 (Egypt time).
According to a report by PEP, Verónica Salas Vallejo from Mexico won the Miss Intercontinental 2017.
Following Katarina, 2nd runner-up is Miss Netherlands Cathelijne Madelief Heppenhuis and Miss Brazil Amanda Cardoso is 3rd runner-up.
Miss Colombia Lizeth Mendieta Villanueva is 4th runner-up, and Miss Korea Lee Su Jin is 5th runner-up.
Katarina also won the award Miss Intercontinental Asia.
The question asked in the Q&A 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."
The pageant began in 1971 and since then the Philippines has yet to win its first Miss Intercontinental title.
Other Filipino beauty queens who have made it in the Top 6 of the pageant are Christi Lynn McGarry in 2015, Kris Tiffany Janson in 2014, and Andrea Koreen Medina in 2013.
Congratulations KATARINA, you are our REAL MISS INTERCONTONENTAL!
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