Tracy Maureen Perez, 26, of Cebu City is one of the 40 candidates of Miss World Philippines 2019. One of the people who believe that she has what it takes to win one of the six crowns is reigning Miss World Philippines 2018 Katarina Rodriguez.
The Miss World Philippines 2019 candidates were presented to the media at Novotel Manila Araneta Center in Quezon City, Metro Manila on August 29, 2019. During the event, I asked Rodriguez if she had favorites.
Rodriguez said she did have favorite candidates. Aside from her friend Michelle Marquez Dee, the reigning Miss World Philippines 2018 said she also liked Perez.
“It’s really hard because I think (in) 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.”
“One of the girls who I didn’t notice until (screening), who I didn’t know until the screening for Miss World Philippines, was Tracy from Cebu,” Rodriguez continued. “I can’t remember what number she is but she’s so natural. She speaks so natural. She’s so beautiful.”
“I find her more beautiful in person than from photos or videos it doesn’t do her justice,” the reigning Miss World Philippines 2018 added. “I became a fan the moment she introduced herself during the screening so she’s a girl who’s new to me and to a lot of pageant fanatics also.”
For Rodriguez, the roster of Miss World Philippines 2019 candidates is packed with highly competitive women. She said, “When you see one good girl, there’s another who comes out and you’re just like, ‘Whoa, like this girl is also good,’ so it’s tough competition.”
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: