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Ms. Philippines wins 1st runner up!
Ms. Philippines Universe 2012 – Janine Mari Tugonon bagged the 1st runner up in the 2012 Ms. Universe Pageant held last December 19, 2012 at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Last Vegas. It was participated by 89 beautiful stunning ladies around the world and Ms. USA Olivia Culpo was crowned Ms. Universe 2012. Ms. Venezuela – Irene Esser (2nd Runner Up), Ms. Australia - Renae Ayris (3rd Runner Up) and Ms. Brazil - Gabriela Markus(4th Runner Up). During the pre-pageant Janine Tugonon was one of the crowd favorites. She wowed the audience during her swimsuit competition as well as with her Muslim inspired national costume.
She nailed the Q&A with the question from renowned photographer Nigel Barker: "As a global ambassador, do you think speaking English should be a prerequisite to being Miss Universe?" Janine answered with confidence and eloquence:
"It is not just about knowing how to speak a specific language. It's about being able to influence and inspire other people. If you have a heart to serve and a strong mind to show people, then you can be Miss Universe
." The crowd applauded her answer and after a few minutes it was quoted and spread in the social media.
Janine Tugonon took up Pharmacy from University of Sto. Thomas and graduated as Cum Laude. She is also a graduate of
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