Katarina Rodriguez made all Filipinos proud at the Miss Intercontinental 2017 in Hurghada, Egypt, finishing 1st runner-up at the prestigious international pageant.
Mexico’s Veronica Salas Vallejo won the title and was crowned by Miss Intercontinental 2016 Heilymar Rosario Velazquez of Puerto Rico.
A former runner-up from Asia’ Next Top Model, Katarina was also awarded as Miss Intercontinental Asia and Oceania.
Here are the list of winners:
- Miss Intercontinental 2017 – Veronica Salas Vallejo, Mexico
- 1st runner-up – Katarina Rodriguez, Philippines
- 2nd runner-up – Catherlinjne Heppenhuis, Netherlands
- 3rd runner-up – Amanda Cardoso, Brazil
- 4th runner-up – Lizeth Mendieta, Colombia
- 5th runner-up – Lee Su Jin, Korea
In the past few years, Philippine contestants to Miss Intercontinental have placed well, but have never managed to win the crown itself. Kris Janson placed 2nd runner-up in 2014, while Christi McGarry was 1st runner-up in 2015. In 2016, Jennifer Hammond was part of the Top 15.
Katarina’s 1st runner-up finish closed the competition for the 2017 Binibini Pilipinas queens. Elizabeth Clenci placed 2nd runner-up in the Miss Grand International pageant, while Nelda Ibe was 1st runner-up in Miss Globe.
Rachel Peters (Miss Universe Philippines 2017) and Chanel Olive Thomas (Miss Supranational Philippines 2017) both finished in the top 10 of their respective pageants.