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New Ms. World Philippines crowned

Manila, Philippines – A 23-year-old part Moroccan candidate was crowned 2012 Miss World Philippines in a glittery televised beauty contest at the historic landmark Manila Hotel last Sunday night.

Queenierich Rehman, of Las Pinas City, bested 24 other candidates and earned the right to represent the Philippines in the 62nd Miss World beauty pageant to be held in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China on Aug. 18, 2012. The Miss World contest is said to be the longest running beauty contest.

This is the second time in a row that a former Binibining Pilipinas candidate captured the Miss World crown. Last year, Gwendolyn Ruais, half French, won the Miss World Philippines title.

Rehman joined the 2011 Bb. Pilipinas beauty pageant won by Miss Universe third runner-up Shamcey Supsup. That year, Rehman made it to the Top 15 semi-finalists and won the Best In Swimsuit award, the same special award she won in this year’s Miss World Philippines contest.

Aside from winning Best In Swimsuit, she also bagged seven special awards – Miss Pantene, Miss AMA Beauty and Brains, Miss Photogenic, Miss Talent, Miss Philippines Prudential, and Miss World Traveler.

First Princess was Maryanne Ross Misa, 23, of Paranaque City. Misa also made the Top 10 cut of the 2010 Bb. Pilipinas pageant.

Second Princess was Vanessa Claudine Amman who, observers said, was one of the surprises in the Top 5 semifinals. She won special awards such as Miss Friendship, Miss Laguna World, and Miss MyPhone World.

Third Princess was April Love Jordan, 23, of Tondo, Manila. Like Misa and Rehman, Jordan was also a heavy favorite for the crown. Her special awards were Miss Manila Hotel, Best In Long Gown, and Miss OraCare.

Fourth Princess was Brenna Cassandra Gamboa. She was a recipient of special awards such as Best In Fashion Runaway, and Miss Manny O’ Wine. (Robert Requintina)

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