Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2017 Katarina Rodriguez is really a kid at heart. During yesterday afternoon’s Charity Visit at Sta. Ana Hospital for Operation Smile Philippines, she literally unleashed her inner child the minute she started playing and bonding with the little girl patient who warmed up to her instantly. And as you can see in the captured video below, she totally enjoyed the previous few hours spent with the little ones.
I have always sized up Katja as a person who continues to enjoy the simple things in life. She may have been exposed to the glitz and glam of modeling plus the pedestaled life of a Beauty Queen, but she still remains a girl, uninterrupted. The weight of a national crown on top of her head may be more demanding than what she has initially signed up for, but she is settling down into the role just fine. Maybe not too quickly as we all expect, but she is definitely getting there. 🙂
At the Sta. Ana Hospital, our lovely Binibinis brought smiles and positivity to the patients and their families (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova)
Yesterday was particularly special for the Binibinis of Bb. Pilipinas 2016 as they performed charity work at the Sta. Ana Hospital for Operation Smile Philippines. Aside from being cool and comfy wearing sneakers or rubber shoes, they were also at home mingling with the patients of the medical institution. After all, doing this type of activity allows them to really let their hair down and get more interactive with everyone – especially the children and babies confined.
It makes me miss the Fiesta Carnival Day of yesteryears when the Official Candidates would meet up with kids from the orphanage, while spending a couple of hours enjoying the rides and feasting on hotdogs, cotton candies and the like. Sigh.
The Binibinis getting briefed before they mixed with the patients
The Bb. Pilipinas 2015 Queens (left to right): 1st Runner-Up Hannah Sison, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational Rogelie Catacutan, Bb. Pilipinas International Janicel Lubina, Miss Universe Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental Christi McGarry, Bb. Pilipinas Tourism Ann Colis and 2nd Runner-Up Kimverlyn Suiza pose in front of Sta. Ana Hospital
Christi McGarry being a big sister to the kids
The Bb. Pilipinas 2015 Queens went to Sta. Ana Hospital to continue the commitment of BPCI to Operation Smile Philippines
Everyone was accounted for – Miss Universe Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Bb. Pilipinas International Janicel Lubina, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental Christi Lynn McGarry, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational Rogelie Catacutan, Bb. Pilipinas Tourism Ann Lorraine Colis, 1st Runner-Up Hannah Ruth Sison and 2nd Runner-Up Kimverlyn Suiza. And all seven of them made sure that the time spent with the kids was more than worth it. 😀
Ann, Janicel, Kim, Pia, Hannah, Rogelie and Christi Lynn spent quality time with the kids of Operation Smile