I am rooting for Michelle Marquez Dee, 24, in Miss World Philippines 2019 and so is Katarina Rodriguez, 27. I talked to the reigning Miss World Philippines 2018 during the press presentation at Novotel Manila Araneta Center in Quezon City, Metro Manila on August 29, 2019 and asked her if she had favorites among the 40 candidates competing to be her successor.
“I do, you know, it’s really hard because I think this batch, there’s many girls who do stand out in terms of (having all the qualities needed to be Miss World),” Rodriguez told me. “They have an entire package, some sort of holistic package. Of course, I also have some friends who are competing so I’m a little biased towards them.”
Rodriguez is set to make her film debut. She and Dee will co-star in a movie that is intended to be submitted to the Metro Manila Film Festival 2019.
“I’m friends with Michelle Dee,” Rodriguez said. “We worked together for the movie and I know her so well that I know that she probably has one of the best work ethics that I know in anyone, which I think is the quality that is necessary to be a Miss World Philippines because we have such a short time to prepare and I think if anyone can handle it, she’s definitely on top of my list not just from the candidates but in the entire Philippines.”
Rodriguez described Dee as a “very, very dedicated young woman. Knowing Dee on personal level, the reigning Miss World Philippines 2018 wishes that her friend would bring out her personality more because “she’s such a cool girl, like super cool.”
“She might not seem approachable but (she is actually) very nice so I’m like, ‘Come on, bring that out,'” Rodriguez said of Dee. “(I’m) just waiting for her to have that moment.”
On September 15, 2019, Rodriguez will crown her successor at the Miss World Philippines 2019 coronation night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. It will air live on GMA network.
Aside from the Miss World Philippines 2019 title, five other crowns will be given namely Miss Eco Philippines 2019, Miss Multinational Philippines 2019, Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2019, Miss Tourism Philippines 2019 and Miss Teen Eco International Philippines 2019.
Here is my short interview with Rodriguez: