Philippine bet is Miss Universe first runner-up


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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  • Mita

    Congrats & good job Janine!!  Proud of you and your answer.

  • Internecine2012

    I was right about Miss USA becoming Miss Universe! I predicted right! Not the strongest or prettiest, but definitely the wittiest, like MU 1997. All she needed to do was make it to the final 5 and the crown was hers for the taking.

    Congratulations to Janine!

  • barry p

    Almost there!!!

    With a bit more hard work… it’s inevitable that we will bag it one day.

    Filipinas are beautiful!

    Well done!

  • jeff

    congratulations miss usa. you’re so beautiful! no doubt about it. 
    congratulations miss philippines, we are proud of you.

  • bugoybanggers

    Wow iba talaga ang naiiba. Hayaan mo Ms.Tugonon, mapapalitan na ang apilyedo mo ng WESTERN. Babaha ang manliligaw saiyong mga TEXAS. Heheheh, kawawa na naman ang mga native nito, pang tinola na naman, Basta sa Apilyedo mo isa ka talagang PILIPINA na sa tingin ko bisayang -bisaya pa. Mabuhay ka MS. TUGONON basta sarilihin mo na ang iyong desisyun at wag kang magpa empluwensya sa mga bakla.

    • hustlergalore

      janine tugonon is from bataan. her family back home must be celebrating by now.

  • w4d

    Can’t blame people who accuse home court decisions. Miss Universe 2012, host is USA, winner: Miss USA; Miss International 2012, host is Japan, winner: Miss Japan; Miss World 2012, host is China, winner: Miss China.

    We should host one our self. NOT. The Philippine beauty is confident enough to win in any continent, any country.

    • Practical

      Miss Universe 2011 was held in Brazil but Miss Angola won.

      Miss Universe 2010 was held in Las Vegas but Miss Mexico won.

      Miss Universe 2009 was held in Bahamas but Miss Venezuela won.

      I can go on and on but you will still not accept it.

      • Kevin

        I think she/she is referring to YEAR 2012. Go research again… :D

      • Practical

        Lol!  I didn’t watch the other international beauty pageants in 2012 other than this one and I didn’t research who won in others either. 

        The only popular beauty pageants in the US are Miss Universe and Miss USA so those are the only ones I watch :)

      • w4d

        LOL..Thanks for your reply. I usually don’t reply back but that was amusing. I’m sure you’re smarter than that.

      • Practical

         Lol!  I didn’t watch the other international beauty pageants in 2012
        other than this one and I didn’t research who won in others either. 

        The only popular beauty pageants in the US are Miss Universe and Miss USA so those are the only ones I watch :)

  • Fred

    Muntik na!
    Congratulations Janine!

  • geminimind

    Pinoy beauty never fades,it’s one of the things we can be proud of along with global pinoy of words that works wonders.This are all from the grace of God himself.Christmas is not only for the children,it is for everyboby.Christ Mass

    • Chichi

      Ano naman ang kinalaman ng Christmas sa Miss Universe!?

      • geminimind

        It was a coencidence to celebrate christmas along with Miss Universe pageant.More over in America they have major ball games,concerts to make it more enjoyable for christmas.No other meaning between the two.thank you

  • dodong1

    bakit kaya ang Pinoy talalang hindi matanggap ang pagkatalo?? parating iniisip DINAYA, NILUTO, talagang KULTURANG PINOY HINDI NA YATA MAGBABAGO..

  • DakuAkongUtin

    Congrats to miss Philippines. She has Filipino and Chinese features. Kudos to you !! 

    Lutong Trump ang decision, dapat ang nanalo ay si Miss Philippines as Miss Universe and Ms Australia as the Ist Runner up. 

    Anyway, Merry Christmas….

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