MANILA, Philippines – Janine Mari Tugonon was crowned Miss Universe Philippines during the Binibining Pilipinas coronation night Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Tugonon previously placed first runner-up in last year’s pageant that was won by Shamcey Supsup
From 30 hopefuls, the prestigious beauty pageant also crowned Nicole Schmitz as Binibining Pilipinas International 2012 and Katrina Jayne Dimaranan as Binibining Pilipinas Tourism 2012 while Elaine Kay Moll and Annalie Forbes placed first and second runners-up, respectively.
The following Special Awards were also handed out to several candidates:
Best in National Costume – Nicole Shmitz
Miss Friendship – Chloe Zanardi
Miss Talent – Katrina Jayne Dimaranan
Manila Bulletin Reader’s Choice – Roxanne Tadique
Nestle Fitnesse Best in Swimsuit – Nicole Schmitz
People’s Binibini 2012 – Giselle Angelica Muñoz
Miss Photogenic – Karen Gallman
Miss Philippine Airlines – Mary Jean Lastimosa
Miss Avon – Mary Jean Lastimosa
Best in Long Gown – Angelee Claudett delos Reyes