MANILA, Philippines – Queenierich Rehman, 24, beatboxed her way to the crown.
Rehman, who showed off her peculiar singing skills during the talent portion of the 2012 Miss World Philippines contest, bested 24 other candidates at the culmination beauty pageant in Manila Hotel Tent on Sunday, June 24.
The Moroccan-Filipina basketball player from Assumption College will represent the Philippines in the 2012 Miss World competition on August 18 in Inner Mongolia, China. She also receives P1 million cash prize and a Hyundai car.
Rehman was also hailed with a Brains and Beauty award for her response during the Question and Answer portion.
She was asked this tweeted question: As an ambassador of the Philippines, what are the best features of your country that you can project to the world?
She answered: “I believe that wherever you will go here in the Philippines, it’s not the islands that make us special but of course the Filipinos who have warm hospitality, who are having smiles on their faces, and of course who will treat all foreigners the love and respect, and hospitality that they can give to them. I believe that the Philippines is a country that we can be proud of.”
Aside from the Best in Swimwear and the crown, the 24-year-old winner from Las Pinas City also bagged 4 other special awards: Miss Pantene, Miss World Traveler, Miss Photogenic and Miss Philippines Prudential.
Passing on the crown to Rehman is Miss World Philippines 2011 Gwendolyn Ruais, who successfully won First Princess (or first runner-up) in the 2011 Miss World pageant held in London.
Other winners of the competition include:
- First Princess: Mary Ann Ross Misa
- Second Princess: Vanessa Claudine Amman
- Third Princess: April Love Jordan
- Fourth Princess: Brenna Cassandra Gamboa
Rehman, along with 3 others in the top 5, have already made it in previous national beauty pageants, with some even making it already in international competitions.
The new Miss World Philippines landed among the top 15 semi-finalist in the Binibining Pilipinas 2011 competition. She also showed off her beatboxing skill in that pageant. Watch a YouTube video of her performance last year:
Past beauty pageant experiences of the runners-up are:
- Misa: Binibining Pilipinas 2010 top 10 finalist
- Jordan: Miss International Beauty & Model Festival 2009 winner, Binibining Pilipinas 2009 top 10 finalist, Mutya ng Pilipinas 2006 2nd runner-up, Miss Philippines Earth 2006 semi-finalist, Miss Tourism Queen 2006 Miss Secret Charm awardee
- Gamboa: Miss Philippines Earth 2011 top 10 finalist, World Super Model 2011 1st runner-up
This competition marks the second year that the Miss World Philippines, headed by wellness expert Cory Quirino, hosts the beauty pageant.
From 1992 until 2010, the Binibining Pilipinas competition chose the country’s representative for the Miss World pageant, along with the search for representatives in the Miss International and Miss Universe pageants. The London-headquartered Miss World Organization awarded the local franchise to Quirino in 2011.
Rappler’s Voltaire Tupaz interviewed Quirino before the pageant started and she shared why this year’s competition is noteworthy. Watch below:
One of the most interesting candidates in this batch is 20-year-old Rufaida Babudin, a member of the Molbog tribe in Balabac, Palawan. She describes her father as a tribe farmer, while her mother a tribe housewife.
She reportedly speaks only Bisaya and Malbog, and can only speak and understand few Tagalog words. She reportedly doesn’t speak or understand English that well.
She won the Lions Mutya title in the 2012 Miss Lions Clubs International pageant, where Cory Quirino was a judge. Babudin was set to join the Mutya ng Pilipinas competition, but Quirino invited her instead to join the Miss World Philippines pageant.
In the competition, she was among the Top 12 semifinalists but failed to advance in the further screening.
This year’s Miss World Philippines adapted an innovation: organizers crowdsourced the questions for the much-awaited question-and-answer portion.
Five tweet-questions were chosen from among those who submit using the hashtag #AskMsWorldPh (although some users used #MsWorldPH). These questions were asked of each of the Top 5 finalists.
The chosen Twitter questions were suited for each contestant. For example, the question thrown on April Love Jordan (3rd Princess) considered that she’s from Tondo area in Manila. She was asked this tweeted question: Do you think social media has made our society worse or better?
This was Jordan’s reply: I believe that the social media has made our society better. It made us united easily. I believe that social media is a good influence to everyone and it is easier. It makes us more united and I believe that now, having social media, is one of the tools for us to be successful and for our country to be successful because we have news easily and we can all be united.
Rappler noted that other questions sent by netizens through the social media stream. Here are some of them:
- Recycling, botox and other online reactions to Miss World PH
- New group behind Miss World Philippines to crown 2nd titleholder
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