During her reign as the Miss World Philippines 2018, Katarina Rodriguez’s main advocacy was focus on world peace -achieving world peace by starting with young children by providing them proper education on nonviolent communication.
The beauty queen was hit by a netizen, who criticized her for being silent about the recent bombing incident in Mindanao. “Di ba, advocacy mo sa Miss World is peace education? Anong masasabi mo sa recent bombings in Mindanao?,” the netizen wrote.
“Bakit tahimik ka na ngayon? Dahil ba tapos na ang Miss World at clapper ka? Kalowka.”
In her response, the Miss World Philippine 2018 titlist emphasized that she doesn’t have to share her work on social media, all the time.
“I don’t need to promote the meetings I have, of [the] work I do 24/7,” she said. “Before Miss World or any pageant for that matter, I was already involved but never posted on social media. I don’t need to show everything I do on social media or be active on IG all the time.”
But the netizen was disappointed of the lack of response on Katarina’s part with the recent incident.
“The irony. So, you don’t post or IG story your so-called charity works, but mga kabebehan, mo pinopost mo,” he said. “Now is the right time to use your voice, queen. Don’t get me wrong. I’m one of your fans pero nakaka-disappoint lang.”
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach also faced the same criticism as Katarina Rodriguez when she was also questioned of not doing her advocacy. Pia posted a long message on her Instagram for critics who accused her of not doing her duties as an HIV/AIDS advocate and for not persistently posting on social media.
“Just to get some things straight. I haven’t forgotten about my advocacy, okay? I’m so tired of people complaining that I haven’t found “the cure” for HIV when clearly I said I would raise awareness. I’m not magically gonna come up with a potion that cures everything,” Pia wrote.
Being crowned in front of the people, Pia asked if they really understood her answer to the final question during the Miss Universe competition.
“I said I would raise awareness. Putting the spotlight on it so we can start talking about it. Just like during the competition, I wasn’t posting my everyday pageant activities and that has upset a lot of fans. They thought I wasn’t doing any effort.”
Just like Katarina Rodriguez, Pia also said the she doesn’t have to post everything on social media to please everyone.
Following Catriona Gray‘s win, the official Facebook page of Miss World greeted the former 4th runner-up of the 2016 pageant for her new achievement in winning the Miss Universe 2018 crown.
It mentioned Gray’s previous title in Miss World and why she was selected for the Beauty with a Purpose Project “for a special visit during Miss World 2016”.
They also mentioned their gratitude for her vision and dedication for the pageant.
“We are delighted to see her win the Miss Universe crown! Catriona’s brilliant Smokey Mountain Beauty With A purpose project captured all our hearts and it revealed her dedicated vision to support the most vulnerable in our society. Miss Universe organisation you have a great winner !”
Well done Catriona!Congratulations from all of us at Miss World to Catriona Gray on being elected Miss Universe…
The post was full of positivity but others have called out the organization for an issue that the 2016 competition was manipulated.
In a post by Miss World Brazil 2016, she revealed that “there wasn’t enough food and water, there were candidates who slept with the pageant’s staff and there were no panel of judges for the Beauty with a Purpose challenge event” and even added that the jurors were “suspicious”.
What also fueled the suspicion was the fact that one of the judges, Wilnelia Merced, who is the national director of Miss Puerto Rico. She is also a former Miss World from Puerto Rico and her mother is the national franchise holder of Miss World Puerto Rico.
Check out comments of netizens at Miss World’s congratulatory post.
Thank you miss world for not crowining catriona last 2016.hahahah. She showed your world is just a tiny bit grain of salt in the universe. Hahaha
Miss Universe see her worth as a true queen which, unfortunately, Miss World failed to see.
You robbed her crown two years ago and the Universe made it back to her. Truly deserving.
I’m really hurt when she did not get the crown in 2016, but now, I’ more than thankful for the Org for not letting her win. She is meant for something bigger. Bigger platform so she can inspire more people.
Miss World-Philippines 2018 Katarina Rodriguez gears up for the Miss World pageant scheduled on December 8, Saturday. The 68th edition of the globally renowned pageant is scheduled in the beach city of Sanya in Southern China’s island province of Hainan.
Katarina has been a favorite among pageant fans and critics alike.
Press and blog conference.
A press and blog conference was held on November 8, Thursday at the Annabel’s Restaurant in Quezon City. Katarina answered questions that the media raised. She also detailed her numerous advocacies which includes HIV/AIDS Awareness and helping the community of Marawi City.
Miss World Philippines National Director Arnold Vegafria remarked that Katarina has what it takes to be a winning queen.
“Katarina has the poise and regal bearing of a winning queen… But more than that, she’s a woman of substance and it shows the minute she starts talking about her passions, her advocacies and how this new chapter in her life can help shine the spotlight on more deserving causes and advocacies.”
Katarina plans on just being herself as a game plan she would use to win the competition.
“My game plan is to really just be myself as I have been for the last two competitions I have joined… And of course, you know, to showcase what a Filipina is to the world. 100+ candidates is so much, it’s a lot of girls. So, you have to really do what you can while staying true to yourself to stand out.”
Pageants = women empowerment.
Rodriguez also noted that the judges don’t have preferences. She, however, doesn’t plan on competing against other candidates as she believes it is not a practice of women empowerment.
“When you start comparing yourself to the other girls, you’re truly wasting your time. Because the judges don’t have a preference and your focus should be on what you’re doing with your actions and your next move. Instead of observing and analyzing everyone else. Because, again, staying true to yourself is the best answer. Pageants are all about women empowerment. You cannot practice that if you are competing the girls you’re with.”
GMA Network has a live telecast of Miss World 2018 pageant on December 8, Saturday.
Miss Earth is one of the most publicized beauty pageants together with Miss Universe, Miss International and Miss World. These are the women that came in as a runner up and won the title:
Before she joined Miss Earth, she was a co-host the awards night of the Moonrise Film Festival sponsored by the Center for Environmental Awareness and Education, which was held at the Gateway Mall in Cubao, Quezon City. She was a courtside reporter for the San Beda Red Lions during the first half of the 82nd season of the National Collegiate Athletic Associate (NCAA).
Two years later, she became the courtside reporter for her Alma Mater’s team, the University of the Philippine Fighting Maroons during the University Athletic Association of the Philippines’ 67th Season.
Karla Henry: WINNER
Karla Henry was the first Philippine delegate and the first in the Asian region to win that title. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Tourism and was working with Marco Polo Plaza Hotel when she was invited to join the Miss Earth pageant. She speaks Spanish with a degree of fluency.
Sandra Seifert is a New York-based nurse from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. She was discovered by a talent scout when she was fourteen years old. She received a call to join her first fashion show for a French eye wear company.
Athena Imperial: 2nd Runner Up
Athena Imperial is news, field reporter and a communication researcher from Legazpi City, Albay in Bicol. She used to work as a writer for GMA Network’s investigative news magazine show, “Reporter’s Notebook.” She is currently a news reporter at the same television network.
Stephany Stefanowitz: 1st Runner Up
Stephany Stefanowitz is a model and a fashion designer from Quezon City, Philippines. She graduated Fashion Design and Merchandising from De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde.
Jamie Herrell: WINNER
Jamie Herrell studied Mass Communication student at the University of San Jose – Recoletos then transferred to International Academy of Film and Television to study acting. She also received an award as The Outstanding Individual Award during the 80th Cebu City Charter Day Awarding Ceremony for her environmental advocacy.
Angelia Ong: WINNER
Angelia Ong was born in Iloilo City. She won back-to-back for Miss Earth 2015. Although when she got home from the pageant, she felt deeply overshadowed by Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach herself. She said in an interview with Boy Abunda that she dreamt of being welcomed in the Philippines in the country with a grand parade and meeting presidents like the former president Benigno Aquino III and the current president Rodrigo Duterte.
But none of that happen when she won back-to-back. Although she also said, “I went back to the reason why I did this. It’s not just about fame or about the attention, I joined not only for myself and my family, but also for the advocacy of the pageant, which is protecting the environment.”
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Miss World is one of the most publicized beauty pageants together with Miss Universe, Miss Earth and Miss International. These are the women that came in Top 5, have been a runner up and won the title:
Cecilia Amabuyok: 4th Runner Up
Cecilia Amabuyok is the first Filipina to ever enter the runners-up circle at Miss World. There was an issue where she was a runaway nun. Although she admitted that she just made the rumor up.
Evangeline Pascual: 1st Runner Up
When the winner of 1973 Miss World, Marjorie Wallace of USA, could not continue her reign, the duties as Miss World were offered to Evangeline Pascual. She refused due to commitments in Manila. Rumors spread that Miss World Organization was so offended that it vowed to never let the Philippines win ever.
Ruffa Guiterrez: 2nd Runner Up
Ruffa Guiterrez is the only daughter of actor, Eddie Guiterrez and Annabelle Rama. In 2003, she married Turkish businessman but separated after four years. They have two daughters: Lorin Gabriella and Venezia Loran.
Rafaela Yunon: Top 5
Rafaela Yunon is the niece of 3rd Runner Up 1984 Miss Universe, Desiree Verdadero.
Karla Bautista also won the Continental Queen of Asia and Oceania special title.
Gwendoline Ruais: 1st Runner Up
Only in 2011 did the Philippines have another high placing other than being in Top 5. She also scored high in key challenge events: 2nd runner-up in the Top Model event, Top 5 of Beauty with a Purpose and Top 20 in the Beach Beauty contest. She also received the Queen of Asia and Oceania honors.
Megan Young: WINNER
A day of Megan Young’s coronation, a controversy broke that there was a plot to destroy Young’s chances at the crown. There was a UK-based newspaper releasing an article claiming that she had “topless” photos. This article was referred to her photo shoot with Rogue Magazine in March 2012.
After 47 years of sending delegates for Miss World, the Philippines finally captured the throne.
Catriona Gray: 3rd Runner Up
As an only child Gray spent most of her time participating in extracurricular such as Art, Drama, Math and Science Extension classes along with Karate, Dance and Singing lessons which led her to having her love of arts from a young age.
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Miss Universe is one of the most publicized beauty pageants together with Miss World, Miss Earth and Miss International. These are the women that came in Top 6, have been a runner up and won the title:
Lalaine Bennett: 3rd Runner Up
Lalaine Bennett is a mestiza from Bayombong, Nueva Ecija. She married Felix Skievasky, an American naval officer of Filipino-Polish descent. They were married at the San Marcelino Church in Manila on Sept. 7, 1964. The newlyweds later settled in Seattle, Washington.
Gloria Diaz: WINNER
She was studying in college when Gloria Diaz was scouted by a pageant aficionado. She was convinced to join Binibining Pilipinas. She was beautiful, yes, but her wit was what captivated the audience and crowned Bb. Pilipinas – Universe in 1969 at only eighteen years old. She is separated from businessman Gabriel “Bong” Daza, with whom she has two daughters, Isabelle and Ava and son, Raphael.
Margarita Moran: WINNER
Margarita Moran is currently the President of Ballet Philippines. She is actually also the granddaughter of the Fifth President of the Philippines, Manuel Acuña Roxas. She married Congressman Antonio R. Floirendo, Jr. of Davao del Norte but separated after thirty years of marriage. They have two daughters; Monica Danielle and Gabrielle Antoinette.
Chiqui Brosas: 4th Runner Up
During the pageant, she was humbly called “Miss Numero Uno” by the press. She married Filipino-German business magnate Ralph Hahn in 1983.
A year after Miss Universe, she started her acting career in the Philippines. Chat Silayan died when she was just 46 in April 2006 due to colon cancer. She was married to Michael Bailon and they have three children together: Victory, Timothy and Micaela.
Desiree Verdadero: 3rd Runner Up
After more than twenty years of being crowned, Desiree Verdadero still feels like one of the most beautiful women in the world because of her husband, former model Dr. JB Abesamis. They have two children together: Aya and Bien.
Charlene Gonzales: Top 6
After the pageant, she became an award-winning host in ABS-CBN. Her most notable role in acting is Dyesebel in 1996. She is married to actor Aga Muhlach and they have twins togteher: Andres and Atasha.
Miriam Quiambao: 1st Runner Up
Before she joined Binibining Pilipinas, she was a therapist in St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City. She also worked as an instructor in a gym. During the preliminary round of the evening gown competition, she slipped and fell on stage. Despite that, she collected herself and walked graciously. At the finals she said, “she felt she represented those women who have fallen both on and off the stage” and that she hopes to be “an example to the rest of the women in the world.”
Venus Raj: 4th Runner Up
Venus Raj was born to an Indian father and a Filipino mother. After her birth, her mother took her to Bato, Camarines Sur in Bicol. She was registered as a Philippine-born by her aunt. This became an issue when she won and had been dethroned. In a local interview, she stated that a representative for Miss Universe 2010 spoke with her and looked into her case. In the same interview, she said, “My fight is now more than just chasing a dream. It is about clearing my soiled reputation. It is about standing up for people who are poor and born out of wedlock. It is a fight for acceptance.”
Shamcey Supsup: 3rd Runner Up
In 2013, Shamcey Supsup married her boyfriend Lloyd Lee after a few months of dating. They now have a daughter named Nyke.
Janine Tugonon: 1st Runner Up
Janine Tugonon has a Pharmacy degree and has a Latin honors (Cum laude) at University of Santo Tomas in Manila. Her relationship with Jaypee Santos was a huge issue in her career when she started talking with The Script’s frontman, Danny O’Donoghue.
Ariella Arida: 3rd Runner Up
Ariella Arida graduated in University of Los Baños, Laguna with a degree in Chemistry. Beyond the “shake it off” cheer for Maxine Medina, she admitted that she hopes that in the future, representatives from the Philippines would be allowed to use their native tongue during the question and answer portion.
Steve Harvey, the host of 2015 Miss Universe, mistakenly called Miss Colombia Ariadna Guiterrez instead of Pia Wurtzbach. Paulina Vega, 2014 Miss Universe, removed the crown from Guiterrez’s head and put it onto Wurtzbach. Before she won Miss Universe, she was a model and an actress under the stage name “Pia Romero.” She also became a stylist, makeup artist and beauty writer for Philippine Daily Inquirer’s 2bUsection. She was dubbed as the “Most Hardworking Miss Universe.”
Maxine Medina: Top 6
Although having the advantage of being in a home court, Maxine Medina felt pressured at the said pageant. Before the pageant, she was a senior member of Professional Models Association of the Philippines.
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