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Ms. World Philippines’ Beat-boxing Captures Global Press’ Imagination

If you have never heard of the term beat-boxing before, consider yourself accompanied… by me! If you initially thought that it was a sport, well, that makes two of us again. In fact, it’s something entirely different. I actually had to Wikipedia the term just to understand what has been driving the global press crazy after Miss World Philippines 2012 beat-boxed in the inevitable talent competition of the pageant.

Here I quote verbatim from Wikipedia: “Beat-boxing is a form of vocal percussion primarily involving the art of producing drum beats, rhythm, and musical sounds using one's mouth, lips, tongue, and voice. It may also involve singing, vocal imitation of turntablism, and the simulation of horns, strings, and other musical instruments. Beat-boxing today is connected with hip-hop culture, being one of "the elements", although it is not limited to hip-hop music. The term "beat-boxing" is sometimes used to refer to vocal percussion in general.” [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatboxing]

Frankly, I get into beauty pageants only when there’s a Filipina in with a chance of winning. While we have won the Ms. Universe and the Ms. International pageants, the Ms. World continues to be elusive among the pageants that matter. I came to the conclusion a long time ago that it’s a Brit thing that none of our contestants have won this one before.

Well, Queenierich Rehman, Miss World Philippines 2012, may yet bring home the bacon after capturing the imagination of the world media with her beat-boxing performance in the pre-pageant now being held in Inner Mongolia. I understand that she did this before during the talent portion of the Miss Philippines pageant. The talent is unusual, to say the least.

Of her performance in Mongolia, MSN had this to say: “When it comes to beauty pageants and the time-honored talent competition, we’re tired of seeing baton twirling and boring clarinet solos. But Queenierich Rehman, Miss Philippines, knows what we’re talking about. For her performance during the Miss World 2012 competition, Rehman broke it down, literally, with some beat boxing.”  [Coolest pageant contestant ever breaks out the beat boxing]

Meanwhile, the Huffington Post wrote: “Then there is Queenierich Rehman, the Filipina pageant contestant who may single-handedly make talent acts cool with her wildly impressive skillz (yes, skillz with a z). For the talent portion of Miss World 2012, currently happening in China, Rehman sang... and beat-boxed. At the same time. And girl is one hell of a beat-boxer.”  [Queenierich Rehman, Philippines' Miss World 2012 Contestant, Beatboxes]

Time.com also had great words for the performance: “We’ll say one thing for Queenierich Rehman: she can sure drop a beat. During the talent segment of the Miss World 2012 competition, Miss Philippines strode out on stage in an evening dress and began singing — but that was only a prelude to some serious funkiness. The 23-year-old then proceded to bust out some serious beat-boxing, ’80s style, while singing and air-record scratching for good measure.”  [WATCH: The Philippines’ Beat-Boxing Miss World Contestant]

From the Daily Mail came: “A beauty queen surprised the audience during the Miss World 2012 pageant when she broke off from singing a slow serenade – and started beatboxing.

“Miss Philippines Queenierich Rehman made crowd go wild as she took on hits by Justin Timberlake, Timbaland and Usher.”  [Miss Philippines beauty queen competitor reveals secret talent and stuns audience with awesome beatbox routine]

Here is Queenierich's performance at the Ms. Philippines pageant:

This time, at the Ms. World Pageant in Mongolia:

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