Here’s the statement of the Deputy Presidential Spokesperson on Janine Tugonon’s Miss Universe 1st runner up win, December 20, 2012:
“Ms. Janine Tugonon, by winning 1st runner up in the Miss Universe pageant, held up the country’s banner and showed the world, once again, the grace, sophistication, and beauty that Filipinas possess. From her winning as Binibining Pilipinas to representing our proud nation on the stage of Miss Universe, the Filipino people have supported Ms. Tugonon throughout her journey and in the hearts of our countrymen; she is our winner, our Miss Philippines. With the victory of Ms. Tugonon, we find even more proof of the exceptional characteristics of Filipinas and Filipinos to be truly world-class.”
Latest update: Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon made it to the Top 5!
Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon made it to the Top 16 and Top 10 semifinalists of Miss Universe 2012. Philippines and India are the only Asian countries who made it to the first round of the pageant but Philippines remain in the Top 10.
Other 14 finalists are: Venezuela, Turkey, France, Peru, Russia, Mexico, Poland, Hungary, South Africa, Croatia, Brazil, Kosovo, Australia and USA.
The Top 10 are: Miss Australia, Miss Russia, Miss Brazil, Miss France, Miss Venezuela, Miss USA, Miss Hungary, Miss South Africa, Miss Mexico, Miss Philippines.
Top 5: Miss Venuezuela, Philippines, Australia, USA and Brazil!
During the Final Q & A Janine said, Do you believe that English is a prerequisite to be Miss Universe?
Ms. Philippines: “For me, being Ms. Universe is not about speaking a specific language. It’s about influencing and inspiring other people.”
Will she be crowned Miss Universe 2012?
The Miss Universe 2012 Preliminary Competition was held at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Thursday night, December 13, 2012.
Miss Universe 2011 third runner-up Shamcey Supsup will host the upcoming Miss Universe 2012 pageant in Las Vegas, USA this December.
The news was confirmed by Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) chairperson Stella Marquez-Araneta during the send-off ceremonies for the Philippines 2012 representative, Janine Tugonon, at the Gateway Cineplex in Quezon City Tuesday afternoon.
Janine Tugonon from Balanga, Bataan was crowned Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2012 at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night.
Janine stands 5-foot-9, a BS Pharmacy Cum Laude from UST and has trained in Ballet Manila. She was last year’s Bb. Pilipinas first runner-up. She will represent the Philippines to the Miss Universe 2012 to be held in Florida, USA.
In the Q&A portion, Janina was asked: “Many women nowadays will go a happy family life or a successful career. How do you feel about this?”
Her answer: “I believe that women have the right to choose between what they want. But for me, you have to go for what God has called you to do, whatever it is, between the two. You must do what’s your purpose in this world. Just have a childlike faith and matured obedience then everything will go smooth. Thank you.”
Binibining Pilipinas 2007 Top 13 semifinalist Candidate #8 Nicole Schmitz won the Binibining Pilipinas-International, while Binibining Pilipinas-Tourism was crowned to Candidate #13 Katrina Jayne Dimaranan.
Camarines Sur beauty Elaine Kay Moll (15) and Malolos City native Annalie Forbes (29), respectively, received the first and second runner-ups titles. Check the complete list of winners here.