Published: Thursday 25 January, 2018

WATCH Katarina Rodriguez is Miss Intercontinental 1st Runner-up! (VIDEO)

Miss Philippines Katarina Rodriguez finished first runner-up at Miss Intercontinental 2017! Miss Mexico, Veronica Salas Vallejo, was the winner. The Miss Intercontinental 2017 finals was held in Egypt at around 1:00 AM today, Manila time.

Katarina Rodriguez

Congratulation to Katarina Rodriguez, Miss Intercontinental 2017 1st runner-up! (PJ ALMERA @misterpatrickjames via PowerhousePH Instagram)

It would have been the first Miss Intercontinental crown for the Philippines if Katarina Rodriguez won. Nevertheless, her first runner-up finish is something to be proud of. Congratulations, Katarina!

Aside from flawless beauty and poise, Katarina wowed the audience during the Q&A segment of the competition. Asked what she learned from Miss Intercontinental 2017, this was her answer:

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“The most important thing that I have learned in joining Miss Intercontinental is an Arabic word named after one of the Sunrise Resorts and that is Meraki. It means to do all things with passion, soul, and creativity. When I heard this word and its definition, it resonated with me ’til now and I think it will for the rest of my life. Therefore, that is the most important thing I learned while participating at Miss Intercontinental. That is to do all things with soul, passion, and creativity.”

Miss Intercontinental 2017 Final Results:

Miss Intercontinental 2017 – Veronica Salas Vallejo of Mexico
1st runner-up – Katarina Rodriguez of Philippines
2nd runner-up – Cathelijne Heppenhuis of Netherlands
3rd runner-up – Amanda Cardoso of Brazil
4th runner-up – Lizeth Villanueva of Colombia
5th runner-up – Lee Su Jin of Korea