photos from Miss Costa Rica's Facebook page
Meet Carolina Rodriguez Duran aka Miss Costa Rica. She'll be representing her country next week at the 2016 Miss Universe pageant that's gonna be held at the SM MOA Arena (if I'm not mistaken).
And she's learning gay lingo! Teehee! I, myself, am guilty of not knowing so much about our native gay lingo and here you have Miss Costa Rica who's trying to learn it while she's here.
I was just reading some news articles last weekend when I came across these....
And to my surprise, she's also actually among A-list fashion designer "the" Albert Andrada's top 5. Completing my top 5 are actually, of course, Miss Philippines, Miss Nigeria, Miss Thailand and Miss Canada (don't ask hihihi! *heart* *heart*)
Carolina Rodriguez Duran was born April 23, 1989 in the capital, San Jose and was raised in the province of Alajuela, Costa Rica. From a very young age, her parents, Maribel and Jose had inculcated values and discipline especially through competitive sports at a tender age of 7. She was introduced to competitive swimming and since then had grown into a passion of hers as a professional swimmer.
At the age of 10, she had to confront a major hurdle: an accident had seriously injured her right knee. During those difficult times even the doctors gave a gloomy scenario that she might not be able to walk normally again. Through sheer determination, she took the challenge head on through her rehabilitation until she had completely recovered.
Like any pre-teen at that time, she also admired the grace, beauty and wit of contestants of her country’s local beauty pageants (concurso de belleza) on the small screen. As a girl accustomed to visualizing herself winning or conquering any endeavor, she set her eyes to her next quest: to enter and win beauty pageants crowns.
However, the world kept on turning and she had branched out to other professional endeavors as an English teacher and interpreter and later on as a successful professional for a multinational IT company.
As it turns out, the values, discipline and sheer determination she had learned proved invaluable to her desire to win. She had won the local beauty tilt Señorita Verano (Miss Summer) 2014. With the confidence gained, she sought ever bigger prizes. She competed for Miss Costa Rica (national selection for Miss Universe) and fell short of the crown as 1st runner up. Unscathed, she represented her country at the Reinado Mundial del Banano (by the global association of banana producing nations) in 2015 held in Machala, Ecuador and won the title for the 5th time for Costa Rica. As the cards are on her favor, she tried once again and finally won the crown as Miss Costa Rica 2016 and the sash to represent the peaceful Central American nation to the Miss Universe pageant to be held in Manila.
With prize at hand (or, on her head) she decided to leave her successful career and concentrate on her quest for the Miss Universe crown. At first, she admits, it was a hard pill to swallow. However like all things in life one can’t simply have it all.
While preparing for the competition, she invested her time and effort into her duties as Miss Costa Rica. This entailed working together with charitable institutions and spearheading environmental campaigns. Carolina has also volunteered at Plant a Tree in Bioparque (bio park), Organización Llovera Comida (“Rain of Food” organization), Costa Rican National Children's Hospital, and the Youth Committee of Alajuela.
If there is one thing to admire about Carolina, is her humility. With her feet firmly on the ground and without pretending to be omniscient, she appealed to the Filipino Community in Costa Rica even at that time when she won it was not definitely confirmed that the host will be the Philippines. However, when it became official, she contacted them and that’s when the ground work began. On the first day when she and the community representatives met at a Filipino-run Japanese restaurant, she and her parents was given a challenge to eat chicken adobo using their bare hands.
Later on as the preparations began to unravel, she felt that she needed extra help. The Filipino community did above and beyond of what we had expected and began contacting people that can help her through the journey. The community lent its support while she was practicing the catwalk, guided her through her Facebook Live events, welcomed her to their homes and were always on hand ready to give her an extra nudge. She admits that she would be at a loss without them. With their invaluable support, she had come to know the depth of kindness and support Filipinos really are capable of providing which endeared her more towards them.
Here's Miss Costa Rica Carolina Rodriguez looking confidently beautiful with a heart in her swimsuit.
That seems to be in Spanish. Teehee! But let me try to translate it for you....
There are four (4) ways to vote:
Miss U App: Download the Miss U App from the iTunes or Google Play stores, log in using Facebook, Twitter or email authentication, and follow the instructions to vote. There is a limit of ten (10) votes per account per day via this method during the Voting Period. You must click on the “Cast Your Vote” button for your votes to be counted.
Website: Visit vote.missuniverse.com (the “Website”), login using Facebook, Twitter or email authentication, and follow the instructions to vote. There is a limit of ten (10) votes per account per day via this method during the Voting Period. You must click on the “Cast Your Vote” button for your votes to be counted.
Twitter: Submit a tweet or a retweet with #MissUniverse and a contestant specific hashtag announced on the Website. You must have a public Twitter account for your tweets and retweets to be counted.
Vodi App: Download the Vodi App from the iTunes or Google Play stores, log in using Facebook, Twitter or email authentication and follow the instructions to vote. There is a limit of ten (10) votes per account per day via this method during the Voting Period.
All the best to all the contestants!
And all the best to you, Carolina!
♥ Mwah! ♥
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