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. 🙂