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Philippine bet is Miss Universe first runner-up

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Miss Philippines, Janine Tugonon, stands on stage during the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant at Planet Holywood in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 19, 2012. AFP / JOE KLAMAR

MANILA, Philippines – Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon won the first runner-up in the Miss Universe beauty pageant held in Las Vegas, Nevada Thursday.

Miss U.S.A. won the crown after making it into the final five with Venezuela, Australia, Philippines and Brazil.

During the question and answer portion, Tugonon was asked “Do you believe that speaking English should be prerequisite for Miss Universe 2012?”

Tugonon 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.”

“If you have a heart to serve and a strong mind to show people then you can be Miss Universe,” Tugonon said.

The final five was chosen after the evening gown portion.

Tugonon is the latest of a long line of candidates that have made the final five in the pageant. Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup who joined in the previous pageants also made it into the top five.

Miss U.S.A. brought the Miss Universe crown back to the United States for the first time in more than a decade when she won the pageant.

Olivia Culpo beat out 88 other beauty queens to take the title from Leila Lopes of Angola during the two-hour competition at the Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

She won over the judges, even after tripping slightly during the evening gown competition. Telecasters pointed it out but also noted her poised recovery.

Minutes before the middle child of five was crowned, she was asked whether she had she had ever done something she regretted.

“I’d like to start off by saying that every experience no matter what it is, good or bad, you’ll learn from it. That’s just life,” she said. “But something I’ve done I’ve regretted is probably picking on my siblings growing up, because you appreciate them so much more as you grow older.”

Miss Philippines, Janine Tugonon, came in second, while Miss Venezuela, Irene Sofia Esser Quintero, placed third.

The Miss Universe pageant was back in Las Vegas this year after being held in Sao Paulo in 2011. It aired live on NBC and was streamed to more than 100 countries.

Organizers had considered holding the 61st annual Miss Universe in the popular Dominican Republic tourist city of Punta Cana, but Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart said that country’s financial crisis proved to be too much of an obstacle.

The panel of 10 judges included singer Cee Lo Green, “Iron Chef” star Masaharu Morimoto and Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants.

Asked on the red carpet whether he found playing in the World Series or judging the beauty pageant to be more difficult, Sandoval said both were hard.

Sharply dressed women and men, including a large contingent from South America, held banners and cheered on their favorite contestants.

The pageant started as a local revue in Long Beach, California, organized by Catalina Swimwear. It is not affiliated with the Miss America pageant and unlike that contest, does not include a talent section.

Contestants in the pageant cannot have been married or have children. They must be younger than 27 and older than 18 by Feb. 1 of the competition year.

As Miss Universe, Culpo will receive an undisclosed salary, a wardrobe fit for a queen, a limitless supply of beauty products, and a luxury apartment in New York City. With Associated Press


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YAU43R25CAHGNYPHE6HLAM3V6Y Benjamin

    miss janine..iwanan mo na ang bf  mo… kapal ng kara.. panay painterview.,.. nagyayabang,,,hinde ka bagay sa hinayupak na yan…mas bagay tayo…Janine  pag uwi mo hintayiun ko  tawag mo …nasa DOJ ako…….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YOQGNNPLWH3PHXCDXMGN57GDNM Jhon

    Para manalo dapat kasi isiningit n’ya ang mga katagang “world peace” sa sagot n’ya.  Halimbawa, sa kanyang huling pangugusap dapat sinabi n’ya “ It’s about being able to influence and inspire other people to achieve world peace.”  Hindi ba s’ya nanonood ng sine?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UR6AKMU2J2D4GOPDU4QMRZDB7Q felipe

      maronong kapa sa tao..bakit hindi ka sumali kung saan para matimbang mo ang iyung sarili

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/YOQGNNPLWH3PHXCDXMGN57GDNM Jhon

        Hmmm… sige.  Pag-iisipan ko `yan.

      • tlb6432

        hehe :-)

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        ginagamitan ng utak ‘yang gagawin mo…manghiram ka muna,,,’wag sa akin, may sira.

  • http://twitter.com/MarLouWang Marlou Wang

    I am German-Filipino. This is the translation at ano ang connection nito sa pagkapanalo ni Janine?
    The German Italian Commission has presented a report on war crimes in Rome during the German occupation. Foreign Minister Westerwelle regretted the wrong Italian military internees suffered at the time. A Memorial in Berlin to keep awake the memory.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

       Are you sure you’re Gerrnan-Filipino?  Or are you German-Chinese because your last name is Wang. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/YOQGNNPLWH3PHXCDXMGN57GDNM Jhon

      Of course it does not have any connection to Janine winning first runner up.  Try to understand it in context, Marlou.  I was just ribbing dikoy321 who likes to preface his comments with “views from Germany”.  It was also trying to mock some people for being sore losers and their tendency to indulge in schadenfreude.  As I said –I just copied it from Der Speigel.

      BTW, congratulations on your grammar, punctuation and capitalization   They are much better when you are translating German into English.

    • DakuAkongUtin

      Sabihin mo na lang ikaw ay Hermanong kayumangmang. NagpapaHermano pa  unggok na to.

  • http://twitter.com/MarLouWang Marlou Wang

    Jhon, wala ring magawa, sagutin mo ako.

  • I_kabod

    daming opinyon ng mga chaka dito! lolz!

  • http://twitter.com/MarLouWang Marlou Wang

    Wow, that comment is sure enough to make her cry.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UR6AKMU2J2D4GOPDU4QMRZDB7Q felipe

    “sottong makaw” yan ah !!!!!

  • truth_will_set_us_free

    MISS VENEZUELA BLEW HER CHANCE TO WIN. HER ATTEMPS TO ANSWER THE QUESTION IN ENGLISH WAS HER DOWNFALL.

  • truth_will_set_us_free

    MISS VENEZUELA WAS OOZING WITH CONFIDENCE. THAT CROWN SHOULD BELONG TO HER. IF NOT FOR HER BLUNDER.

  • truth_will_set_us_free

    MISS USA’S GOWN WAS HORRIBLE. SHE ALMOST TRIPPED WHILE WALKING. I’M SURPRISED SHE ADVANCED TO THE NEXT ROUND.



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