Katarina Rodriguez determined to bring home Intercontinental crown

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 4) — All eyes have been on 2017 Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental Katarina Rodriguez since her win last Sunday.

In an interview with CNN Philippines on Thursday, the beauty queen finally set the record straight on rumors she's giving up her title.

"If I could sleep with the crown, I'd sleep with it. But we always have to give it back and keep it in this little box. Of course I'm keeping the crown," she said.

Pageant organizer Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. released a statement Tuesday saying it was waiting for  Rodriguez's formal resignation after she expressed the possibility she would not accept the crown. 

Rodriguez was surprised that the rumor blew up on social media on Tuesday.

"I actually was shocked because I was sleeping when that whole thing happened and I was dealing with something with my family. When I woke up, I was like, 'What's going on? I guess this is what happens when you sleep for 25 hours,'" she said candidly.

The 24-year-old model from Davao is determined to bring home the title Miss Intercontinental 2017.

"I read about it and it's quite interesting. The competition is 73 years old. I want to be the first (to bring home the Intercontinental crown)," she said.

The Philippines has never won this title, although 2016 Miss Intercontinental-Philippines Jennifer Hammond made it to the Top 15 of the competition.