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Published On: Thu, Dec 20th, 2012

Miss Philippines, Janine Tugonon, takes second place at Miss Universe 2012

Janine Tugonon in evening gown competitionImage/ Video Screen Shot

Janine Tugonon in evening gown competition
Image/ Video Screen Shot

Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2012 Janine Tugonon kept up the recent tradition of Philippines success in the Miss Universe pageant  Following in the footsteps of her predecessors Venus Raj in 2010 and Shamcey Supsup last year, Janine not only made the Top 5, she was first runner-up in the Miss Universe 2012 competition in Las Vegas Wednesday evening.

20 -year-old, Cranston, Rhode Island cellist, Olivia Culpo Miss USA was crowned Miss Universe 2012.

Following Olivia Culpo and Janine Tugonon in the Top 5 were Miss Venezuela, Irene Sofiá Esser Quintero,  Miss Australia, Renae Ayris and Miss Brazil, Gabriela Markus.

Janine not only looked stunning in the swimsuit and evening gown competitions, she knocked it out of the park with the question from judge, Nigel Barker.

“As an international ambassador do you believe that speaking English is a prerequisite to be Miss Universe? Why or why not?”

She answered, “For me being Miss Universe is not just about knowing how to speak a specific language, it’s about being able to influence and inspire other people. So whatever language you have as long as your heart is deserving and you have a strong mind to show to people, then you can be Miss Universe.”

Janine Tugonon was raised in the Bataan Province, where she grew up with her mother, sister and grandparents.

She is a pharmacy graduate from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

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    […] On Sunday night, April 14, the 50 Binibining Pilipinas 2013 contestants will take the stage at the the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines to see who gets to follow the success of last years Miss Universe runner-up, Janine Tugonon. […]

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    […] on the heels of Bataan’s Janine Tugonon’s second place showing at the Miss Universe pageant a little over a week ago, another Filipina scored big in an international […]

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