As a prelude to her departure for Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China next week, Miss World Philippines 2012 Queenie Rehman was feted to a formal send-off last Friday night. The event was hosted by TV5 and MWP led by Ms. Cory Quirino. Present to lend moral support were Queenie’s four princesses, namely, Mary Ann Misa, Vanessa Ammann, April Love Jordan and Brenna Gamboa. Of course, the head of Aces & Queens – Jonas Gaffud – also graced the affair.
It was a whirlwind of barely three weeks of preparation for Miss World 2012 that Queenie just underwent – catwalk/makeup/language trainings here, endless wardrobe fittings plus social media orientation there, sponsor visits/guest appearances everywhere. Despite the very hectic and hurried schedule, she remains optimistic and promises to do well in the highly-competitive pageant. In fact, she exhibited her beatboxing talent to everyone’s delight.
Here’s to a successful Miss World campaign for Queenie. May she bring home the crown! 🙂
At the end of glittering ceremonies at the Manila Hotel Tent, Queenierich Rehman bested 24 other candidates to be crowned Miss World Philippines 2012 and become the country’s representative to Miss World 2012 to be held in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China on August 18. She is only the 2nd Filipina to claim the national title, following Gwendoline Ruais in last year’s inaugural outing of the MW-dedicated pageant.
Together with the winner are her four princesses (runners-up) who make up the Top 5. They are 1st Princess Mary Anne Ross Misa, 2nd Princess Vanessa Claudine Ammann, 3rd Princess April Love Jordan and 4th Princess Brenna Cassandra Gamboa. The remaining ladies who placed in the Top 12 semifinals are Rufaida Babudin, Paulina Eliseeff, Kay Wigand, Carla Lizardo, Mariver Ocampo, Marie Loraine de Guzman and Vania Valiry Vispo.
Starting from this point, Queenie will only have three weeks to do final preparations for Miss World 2012. By mid-July, she will be given a formal send-off by Pageant Director Cory Quirino, before joining more than a hundred delegates from around the globe in different parts of China.
Best of luck, Queenie! Bring home that elusive Miss World crown! 😀
Tonight, one Filipina will be finally crowned as the country’s representative to Miss World 2012 in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China this coming August 18. The lucky winner will be immediately immersed into a whirlwind of preparations for the big competition. And from the 25 lovelies vying this year, I have short-listed the dozen who could make the first cut to the Top 12. To be honest, it was relatively easy completing the top tier. It’s in the last three slots that I changed my mind more than twice. I initially had 14 girls in check. I just had to sacrifice two in favor of the 12th on my scorecard.
In my Top 12, the crossover joiners definitely have the edge. It only goes to show that ‘practice makes perfect’, and the polish reflects in how ladies like Queenie Rehman, April Love Jordan, Mary Anne Misa, Fer Mary Baliquig, Carla Lizardo and even Loraine de Guzman present themselves in all the competition’s pre-pageant activities. But I’m giving props to the newbies as well because they are capable of stealing the limelight if one (or two) of the front-runners stumble along the way. Personally, I consider Fil-French Natacha Kristel Peugniez as the most promising first-timer, followed by Kaye Wigand and Maham Ahmed.
My Top 5 is a breeze to cast. Four of the ladies are almost expected to make it this far, namely, Queenierich, April Love, Mary Anne and Brenna. I was fiddling between Natacha Kristel and Fer Mary for the 5th slot. In the end, I went with the Fil-French beauty because this girl is very likely to surprise in the final interview.Now, should every single one of my Top 5 nail the final Q&A, here is how I will rank them:
Miss World Philippines 2012: QUEENIERICH REHMAN
1st Princess: Brenna Cassandra Gamboa
2nd Princess: Mary Anne Ross Misa
3rd Princess: April Love Jordan
4th Princess: Natacha Kristel Peugniez
I covered all bases and Queenierich is the one who filled the requirements of an ideal ‘Miss World 2012’ candidate.* The crown is hers to lose. So if she (God forbid) fumbles with the Q&A, then that’s already outside my sphere of predictions. As alternative, I won’t feel bad seeing Brenna Cassandra Gamboa taking her place. Mary Anne Ross Misa somehow fell short in my rankings. I don’t want to call it moving past her prime, but it’s as if her luster started gradually vanishing as the big night approaches. But who knows what she has in store for us and the judges tonight. She might just end up proving me wrong. On the other hand, Natacha Kristel Peugniez zoomed into my final 5 and is poised to spoil even the top seeds. It won’t frazzle me if she ends up with a placement higher than what I pegged her with. In the final analysis, though, the quartet of Queenie, April, Mary Anne and Brenna is simply unyielding.
The finals will commence at the Manila Hotel Tent at around 6pm. And you can watch the TV telecast over TV5 starting at 8:30pm or 9pm, depending on what exact time Talentadong Pinoy wraps up.
* – I clearly specified an ideal ‘Miss World 2012’ candidate because I took into consideration the host country (and host city in particular) plus the evolving vision of the pageant. I think Julia Morley will be looking for a next winner who could redefine a world representative with multiple skills and talents, a lady who won’t mind getting down and dirty for all the charitable projects of MW, and in the process, personify a true beauty with a purpose.
Last Fathers’ Day, while families were celebrating special lunches or dinners in honor of their respective patriarchs, the talent competition of Miss World Philippines 2012 was getting underway at Bellevue Hotel in Alabang. Since this is a fast-track segment, the winner will be announced and automatically seeded into the semifinals come June 24 Coronation Night. As such, every participant really gave their personal best in whatever skill or talent they can deliver. Below are some HD pictures of the ladies, courtesy of OPMB Worldwide’s Bruce Casanova.
Last year, 5’9″ Brenna Cassandra Gamboa survived some of the toughest cuts in any Miss Philippines-Earth edition ever. She made it all the way to the finals night. But then again, she was stopped in her tracks at the Top 10 level. She failed to advance and bid goodbye to the crown which landed on Athena Mae Imperial’s head. She treated everything as an experience that strengthened her resolve even more to give another pageant a try. This year, she enlisted for Miss World Philippines 2012 and officially became Candidate #16. In the roster, she belongs to the group with previous beauty contest experiences (along with Queenie Rehman, Maryanne Misa, Fer Mary Baliquig, April Love Jordan and Carla Lizardo). Will the past exposure do her more good come finals night on June 24? Personally, this Fil-Am beauty has her share of pluses that qualify her for the crown. But there seems to be something missing. Must be the lack of oomph? She has better than creditable communication skills in English. But how far will this complement her bid?
Let’s see how Brenna will step up to the plate in this one. 😉
2009 was a significant year for April Love Jordan. It was then when she joined Binibining Pilipinas and made her mark by reaching the semifinals. But more than this placement, she found herself being appointed (by a different group) shortly afterwards as the Philippine delegate to the International Model and Beauty Festival 2009 held in Yunnan, China. She won the Grand Prize and became the very first winner of the said competition. While not a top-tier event, she was able to prove that she has the looks, the goods and the charm to wow an international audience.
Fast forward to 2012. She is now taking her chances for one last shot at big-time pageant glory by becoming an Official Candidate of Miss World Philippines 2012. Could this be the culmination of a lifelong dream of representing the country in one of the grand slam titles? If fate has it in her direction, then she should be able to harness all the acquired learnings, experiences and tricks of the trade to her advantage and possibly make a worthy successor to Gwendoline Ruais.
Do you think she has IT? 😉