Once Katarina talks, you can’t help but listen. She has a lot of things to say and share, such that she gets carried away in an instant.
“Hello! I am Katarina Sonja Rodriguez, Binibini #31, 24 years old and representing Davao City! A lot of you know bits and pieces of me already, so I’ll share a few things most people don’t know. 😉 First, I love, love LOVE to read! I am a black belt first dan in Tae Kwon Do, I danced ballet for 10 years and I draw!
I live with my grandparents, my lola’s name is Sonja (which is where I got my second name) and she is the one proudly from Davao! She’s constantly flying back & forth & when I can I try to go with her. During my senior year of high school in the US, I worked THREE jobs, two as a sales associate in clothing stores and one as a waitress in a TGIFriday’s. At the same time, I was trying to graduate with honors, fulfilling my duty as captain of the track & field team and figuring out all my college requirements.
From there, I impulsively took a big move back to the Philippines to study in De La Salle University – a double major in Business Management and Philosophy. From prioritizing school and running track for DLSU, I managed to get into modeling and the industry from placing second runner up in Asia’s Next Top Model.
Joining by the way was another impulsive decision I made and do not regret one bit! Now from model/athlete/personality I then not-so impulsively decided to join Binibining Pilipinas. Joining this year, however, is what was impulsive. I won’t lie it’s something that had subconsciously always been in the back of my mind. However, I stayed ignorant to what really goes on in the beauty world until last year. Once I asked one question, I kept on inquiring and realized that this path is the one which would lead me to the platform I had been looking for. Confidently beautiful – the tag phrase of Miss Universe – and since I had began modeling as much as I enjoy the artistry and craft of it, there was a certain essence lacking that I could not pinpoint. The advocacy, in which I want to see through world-wide, is one that I have become obsessed with for some time. It is I believe my purpose in this world, well universe rather. My family has taught me to work hard and well for everything I want and need, and once you have excess, they’d say, you extend a helping hand to those who have less. I have worked hard to have enough for myself and a little more to give back
My story to joining began when I came across a group of girls who touched my heart in a way where I think about their stories every single day since they’ve shared it with me. I have for one reason or another felt as if it was my calling to help girls like them with the resources I have and the blessings God has given me. This advocacy I will not share just yet, but it is the foundation as to why I am competing amongst these other 39 beautiful and intelligent ladies. To join Binibini as my first, and hopefully last time, is exciting. It is the biggest adventure I have set myself on, the journey from a girl into a lady, and not just any lady, but a lady brave enough to overcome that struggle that a modern day Filipina woman faces: to find that smooth balance between the traditional and romantic characteristics of the Maria Clara, in Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere, and a woman of this day and age one with a voice who no longer submits but rather chooses to be curious, and be brave, and be ever so passionate about spreading light where it is a dark. Binibini for me, is the opportunity to grow into becoming a woman.”
Quite a mouthful from Katarina, right?
courtesy of Beauty Pageant UpdatesThey say that Katarina is still overweight for the competition. But hey, constant trips to the gym under John Cuay will help solve that. What cannot be acquired through endless practice is the unique kind of vibrant personality she possesses – a mix of old world and modern feminism that she has been able to put forth quite effortlessly.
This feature is getting far too long. But what can I do? Your Binibini 31 has so much to say, and I can only add up my own takes as well.
Let the discussions on Katarina Rodriguez begin. After all, the move of the scheduled Press Presentation yesterday afternoon to March 22 has given us more time to talk about the Binibinis individually. 🙂
Para syang pinag halong lara quigaman , sofia andres at saray jade bevis ng wwe 😍 for me
Shes the best !
This girl is so beautiful and fresh, especially without make.up! More importantly, she’s brainy and articulate. I will be proud if she will represent our country.in MUP or at least in MIP. She’s the only one that csught my eye in her batch!
I looked again and I felt nothing ..
i dont think her height is a concern its not a concern for bbp and MU so many tall gorgeous ladies wasted in previous competitions so i want to take chance on her if ever she wins a crown. shes crown worthy ….
Baby, not this year!
I have a feeling shell be a winning the miss universe crow. Its that x factor in her personality though intriguing is very substantive and reasonable. I like her.
implusive girl..di alam anung gusto sa buhay..clapper to.
Girl, you have the face and the smarts already. Now work hard on that body.
1st runner up for me
Her face is the likes of Paulina Vega and like Gemma said the Andrea Tovar personality but her body is the same as my 5’5 12yr old . her body is like a girl who is pre puberty or just reached puberty.
Baka now pa lang sya niregla jacky bwihihihi charette lng 🙂
@bong700 hihi . im not into thank you science . maybe she can have some body sculpting treatments . she looks like a pre teen talaga. pero maganda talaga
SHES A HIT OR MISS! PAG MINSAN GODDESS PAG MINSAN PARANG 14 YEARS OLD. FIRST RUNNER UP
One of the best faces of this batch!!! #katreyna
5’7 height nya diba? my bet for MI
our 4th miss universe? 1st miss intercon? or 1st miss grand? 🙂
Bring home the Bb. Universe crown. You have ample time to prepare for it.
beautiful but short for international delegates in the present time… lalamunin sa height ng mga amazonas.
Nabanggit ko na sa previous post kung anong crown ang makuha nya 🙂
Good Luck day Kata 🙂
Bong , ano na namang crown yan hihihi
May reply ka doon fabian kc supra c dindi.
Diko na sasabihin kc nabanggit na ng iba dito ang crown na yan for katarina ☺
@bong700 how are you again?sabi ng mga friendship ko na mga fan ng mga reyna 5’5 si beautiful kilay girl. so for me commercial model or artista material sya. Jehza even 5’5 to 5’6 mahaba biyas. na miss ko kayo ni Gemma at Fabian
Kef el hal, Jacky! Agree with your opinion as well as with cocoy above. Para kasing naglalaro lang itong si ganda! Parang manika though parang mala Andrea Tovar Ang personality. She’s Top 15 for me then join na lang ulit.
Salam ,Aftaqdeq Gemma, yes Katarina looks latina but I will most likely vote and root for her if she goes to PBB or Starstruck. pwede talaga mag artista . semi 15 siya sa list ko.. and my 5’2 friend told me Katarina doesnt look tall. may girl kasi na nadadala ng biyas kahit di ganu matangkad like Huelar and Cenci.
Very articulate + intelligent + has a beautiful face = crown worthy!
U r very generous , Saluda.
I don’t see class though . She reminds me of Imelda S .
I think I was impressed with her major being in Philosophy which, unfortunately, appears to be a chatterer.
I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt.
Quite honestly, Fabian, I was not impressed with Pia’s 2014 video. She appeared a little arrogant and cocky. Her double dose of “humble pie” by not even being part of the 2014 winners circle certainly helped her persona to be more likeable and respected in 2015.
Who knows what fate may bring to this one. Globe or Grand Int at best.
one of the most beautiful faces of this batch! walang angal sa ganda niya. height is fine, i guess. concern ko lang talaga is her shape. I mean walang problema sa akin yung physique niya, kaya lang she’s joining a beauty pageant. if plan niya to join a beauty pageant ‘for the last time’ she shouldve come battle ready. i know madadaan sa gym yan kay john cuay.. pero di ba ms okay kung papasok ka sa laban na handa ka na. so you can focus on other aspects ng pageant.
but nonetheless, i like her. I think she can win one of the crowns. Im just not sure with the MUP title. she can be International or Grand International. bilang ganyang fez naman ang makakapag hinto ng mga gyera. ganda e.
hopefuly the last?! so i hope that she will do her best or the best to win one of the crown. i am a fan of her beauty. her height is just okay. she has the brain. only her body that i am concern for. but if she will walk with that body on finals then i hope she will come out on stage beautiful, elegant and very queenly with enough good perforamance to win one of the crown.
Mukhang madaldal din ang girl na ito. Pero mas gusto ko naman ang madaldal kaysa tahimik lang. Hihihi!
She’s beautiful indeed! Her height is acceptable (sana lang she’s at least 2 inches taller pa). Commskills check. She can be crowned one of the minor titles.
Good luck girl!
She’s a blabber , needs to get herself together.
Face is pretty .
Body is not there yet.
I’m on the fence
True and i dont feel like she wants it so bad. She didn’t even show up nung nagpaworkshop si Pia. Nad Bronce had to comment on her IG post to ask her what happened. Like wth do you not communicate with your mentors???? Nakakaloka! Kung anu-ano pa mga posts sa IG samantalang the other girls are very busy devoting their time to the pageant.
Her beauty is unquestionable. Hindi basta basta malalait ng mga kapitbahay na bansa.
She speaks well. Spontaneous. Hindi parang nagdedeclamation na kinabisado.
Her height is a concern.
Wishing her well in the the pageant.
She’ll win one of the crowns for sure!
Kung papalarin siya sa Bb. Pilipinas. Yung height 5’6″ ang magpapasuwerte sa kanya. Tignan mo na lang si Lara Quigaman kahit na 5’51/2″ ang taas ay nanalo sa Miss International 2005.
She has one of the most beautiful face. I am just unsure of her height and body. But I like her, I dont mind her representing the country in MUP. But I sense Miss Grand International for her
My Binibining-International 2017!