Is Katarina Rodriguez ready for Bb. Pilipinas?
You’ve seen her during Season 2 of Asia’s Next Top Model as one of the Top 3 finishers where Sheena Liam of Malaysia and Jodilly Pendre (also of the Philippines
) upended her bid. But 5’7″ Katarina “Katja” Rodriguez was not sore about losing in that first attempt in international modeling. She took it as a great learning experience that pushed her to gain more confidence on the catwalk. And while everything remained quiet on her front – save for runway and photographic stints in between her studies at De La Salle University – this girl is slowly but surely inching her way to pursue an entry into the pageant scene with Bb. Pilipinas.
Katja has the face to command attention. And she has the brains to match with her good looks. She also speaks very well. Does she have what it takes to take your breath away in a beauty competition?
Katja during Asia’s Next Top Model Season 2
Get ready to see Katarina Rodriguez 1.0 in a completely different playground. This time around, she will need to gather more than guts, projection and confidence to win a crown. She definitely needs to get into the pageant zone – head and heart – to make a convincing bid #ForThePhilippines.
Familiar beautiful faces walked the ramp for Designer Chito Vijandre during the 8th Edition of the Annual Red Cross Charity Ball, the Red Charity Gala at the Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila. Directed by Ari Anover Styled by Noel Manapat HMU by Henri Torres Calayag.
Some of them are Bb. Pilipinas titleholders Christi Xi McGarry and Yvethe Marie Santiago, Miss World 2011 1st Princess Gwendoline Ruais, Miss World Philippines 2015 1st Princess Cassandra Naidas, former Binibinis Sheena Dalo and Tanya Hyde plus Jodilly Pendre, Jeane Louise Flores and Kim Ross delos Santos.
Photo credit: Bruce Casanova
The final trail with Cassandra Naidas in the foreground
Kim Ross delos Santos
Jeane Louise Flores
Christi Lynn McGarry
Designer Chito Vijandre (center) takes a bow
Cassandra Naidas in a JC Buendia original
During last weekend’s Marry Me at Marriott Fashion Show, five (5) of our top designers – Rajo Laurel, Randy Ortiz, JC Buendia, Rhett Eala and Frederick Peralta – unveiled their respective bridal collections that coincided with the official launch of the Marriott Grand Ballroom which is reputed to be the biggest in the country today.
And in line with the event, I paired some of the pieces in the five different collections as worn by familiar faces in the pageant and modeling industry. Take your picks among the three pairs and tell me which bridal style would suit your taste if your were to walk down the aisle. 🙂
All images are courtesy of Bruce Casanova.
Would you go French chic with a Rajo Laurel (on Kylie Verzosa) or Rhett Eala (on Vanessa Mae Walters)?
Would you prefer non-traditional colors like these Frederick Peralta creations on Monika Sta. Maria (in black and white) and Anja-Vanessa Peter (in light mocha)?
Or will you stick to white but go all-out like the Rhett Eala flowery (worn by Catriona Gray) or Randy Ortiz quiet elegance (on Jodilly Pendre)?
The 25th Anniversary Show of Cary Santiago at the Isla Ballroom of EDSA Shangri-la was a big success. (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova)
The 25th Anniversary Fashion Show of Metrowear Icon and Cebu-based Designer Cary Santiago yesterday night was a huge success, to say the least. The Isla Ballroom of EDSA Shangrila was packed with familiar faces in high society, showbusiness and media. And no one can’t deny the kind of adoration many ladies have for the talented star of the night. His creations are divinely elegant. Look at some of the pieces in his silver collection and get ready to be amazed even more with the complete photo set – as prepared by Kai Magsanoc for Yahoo Southeast Asia
– you can access HERE
#PinoyPride at its finest!
All images are courtesy of my good friend Bruce Casanova.
Miss World 2011 1st Runner-up Gwen Ruais
TV and Film Actress Sarah Lahbati
Asia's Next Top Model Season 2 Runner-up Jodilly Pendre
Tweetie de Leon-Gonzales
Take a bow, Cary Santiago!
Left to right: Season 2 Runner-up Jodilly Pendre, Host Nadya Hutagalung, Mentor Joey Mead-King and Season 2 3rd Placer Katarina Rodriguez during the Casting Call for Season 3
Kimverlyn Suiza auditioned for Season 3
When Asia’s Next Top Model launched a Season 3 Casting Call at the Resorts World Manila last October 4-5, host Nadya Hutagalung was present. She was joined by mentor Joey Mead King and Season 2 Philippine reps Jodilly Pendre (runner-up) and Katarina Rodriguez (3rd placer).
A wide assortment of applicants enlisted for the reality show. But one girl who literally stood out was former Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Official Candidate and Miss Philippines Air Kimverlyn Suiza who is a self-confessed follower of the original show hosted by Tyra Banks.
Kim is very much interested in being taken in for Season 3. And if she does get the nod from the show’s Producers, she will need to re-channel all her pageant learnings and make them work for the world of modeling.
Let’s hope she eventually qualifies for the final batch of pan-regional contenders.
Good luck, Kim! 😉
The Philippine leg will happen on October 4 & 5 at Resorts World Manila
The Season 2 Contenders
While the inaugural edition of Top Model Philippines is taking long to get going, the region-wide Asia’s Next Top Model has already started planning for its third season. In fact, a 2-day Philippine Casting Call will be taking place from October 4-5 at Resorts World Manila (you can check with Information on the specific screening venue once there
So if you are a potential joiner in this reality model search, get ready to put your best foot forward for the screening committee on the said dates. It will help a lot if you’re expressive, bubbly and with a nice little back story to tell the judges. That way, there will be added interest in your application.
Give it a try, ladies. Who knows, you might follow the trails of Season 1 runner-up Stephanie Retuya, Season 2 runner-up Jodilly Pendre & 3rd placer Katarina Rodriguez and eventually be the first Filipina to actually win the competition. 😉
Jodilly Pendre (left) and Katarina Rodriguez on the cover of Metro Magazine June 2014 issue
Jodilly proudly showing off the Metro cover.
Neither of them may have won Season 2 of Asia’s Next Top Model, but Jodilly Pendre and Katarina Rodriguez are now in full fashion bloom. Last April, their 2nd and 3rd place respective finishes in the model search gave quite a backlash to the show’s producers that the Filipino fans and supporters pointed to an undue favoritism of Malaysian winner Sheena Liam. But all of that is now water under the bridge.
For starters, Jodilly Pendre is hell bent on achieving top supermodel status faster than anyone else in their batch. And she must be doing something right so far. Her harvest of bookings for ramp, editorial and print photography projects has never been so bountiful. She is proving that post-competition engagements are more important in sustaining the familiarity that the show established on her behalf. And she is working hard to hit it big internationally.
As for Katarina, she has been quite visible in the limelight ever since the show ended. Aside from being picked by TRESemme’ as an endorser, she also gets her good share of fashion projects that has been keeping her busy. Her portfolio has been getting thick and options for showbiz-related gigs are being seriously considered. While options of pursuing higher studies in Economics were previously thought of as immediately possible, she is now taking advantage of the opportunity to make it big as an international model. If she does, then there will always be time to plan about more serious academic stuff when she gets older (and perhaps, wiser).
Watch out for more of Jodilly and Katarina in the months to come. Season 3 of Asia’s Next Top Model may have already started auditions, but their efforts during the sophomore batch will never go unnoticed. 🙂