In just a week after Variety magazine announced it as part of its TV Fall line-up, ABS-CBN International’s The People’s Queen – the glamorous reality TV boot camp for beauty pageant hopefuls – has produced its first real beauty queen. Last weekend, cast member Katarina Rodriguez was crowned Miss World Philippines 2018 at the pageant’s coronation night at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in the Philippines.
Rodriguez will represent the Philippines at the Miss World 2018 pageant in China this December. Aside from winning Miss World-Philippines, Rodriguez was also named Beach Beauty Challenge winner, Best in Long Gown, Miss Resorts World Manila, and Miss Blue Water Day Spa (along with Maureen Montagne). The exciting pageant and win for the 26-year old trended on Twitter in the Philippines.
Cecilio Asuncion and Voltaire Tayag, the two mentors for the beauy pageant hopefuls on The People’s Queen, are proud of all of their mentees and are ecstatic over Rodriquez’s win.
Mentoring By Empowering Philosophy: Hosts-mentors CeCe Asuncion and Voltaire Tayag were confident that all of “The People’s Queen” female cast members – Michelle, Katarina, Nikita, Katrina and Jenny – are capable of winning a crown. Last weekend, the show produced its first winner in newly crowned Miss World Philippines Katarina Rodriguez. Catch “The People’s Queen” on TFC, Myx TV, Lifestyle Network in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Middle East, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Guam and Papua New Guinea this October and on Metro Philippines in November!
“Katarina’s win is a testament to the Filipina woman of the here and now,” said Cece Asuncion, Director of Slay Model Management, the world’s first all-Transgender model agency and National Director of Miss Supranational USA. He judged the Miss Universe 2017 pageant in Las Vegas and hosted this year’s Miss Teen USA pageant in Shreveport, Louisiana. “Katarina is someone who is focused, determined and knows what she wants and is unapologetic for it. We at The People’s Queen are very proud of her and we look forward to seeing her compete and support her candidacy at Miss World in Sanya, China!”
Veteran pageant journalist & trainer Voltaire Tayag said: “Underneath all that chiffon and crystals, lies Katarina’s unwavering determination, discipline and tenacity which won her Miss World Philippines 2018. At The People’s Queen, our philosophy is mentoring by empowering — empowered by one’s dreams, heart and mind. I’m very happy that Katarina took all that we’ve taught her and made empowered decisions. She wins not just a crown but she’ll continue to win in life with this attitude.”
This is what Rodriguez had to say regarding her mentors and experience: “The People’s Queen developed me with a holistic approach in competing for Miss World. Cece and Voltaire more or less gave me the answers on what a queen is, handing me on a plate the areas I should focus on. But they left it up to me to really make every angle my own. They are like super cool parents that aren’t so strict but you respect them so much that you want to really make them proud. When you get two professionals guiding you with their hearts and still let you be yourself, the gratitude you have makes it a bit easier to do the right things to win.”
Rodriguez continued: “I’d say the most important thing they taught me is that the secret to success in pageants is recognizing the queen in every other female. The People’s Queen created this environment where we weren’t competing with one another and that’s why we became lifelong friends. Cece and Voltaire reminded me to do the right thing.”
Executive produced by Olivia De Jesus, Jun Del Rosario, John-D Lazatin and Glenn Meehan, The People’s Queen will be seen globally on Myx TV (Myxtv.com) starting October 24; on TFC on cable, satellite, TFC online (TFC.tv) and Lifestyle Network on October 27 in North America, Europe and Middle East (October 28 in Japan, Papua New Guinea and Australia); and on Metro channel in the Philippines in November.