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A boot camp for beauty queens? You bet your sweet sequins it exists

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JOHN Cliff Dimaala, Jay Patao, Gio Flores, Rodgil Flores, George Garrido, Jerome Balute and Jan Kevin Geli of Kagandahang Flores strike a pose with Binibining Pilipinas hopefuls. JILSON SECKLER TIU

While Filipinos the world over waited with bated breath some time last November for Miss Universe hosts Thomas Roberts and Mel B. to announce the five finalists in Moscow, celebrated Filipino beauty queen maker Jonas Gaffud of Aces & Queens was running to the nearest men’s room of the huge Crocus City Hall, the event’s venue.

Posted: March 16th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

House honors Janine Tugonon

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Janine Tugonon, Photo by Karen Boncocan

The House of Representative on Wednesday commended beauty queen Janine Tugonon for winning the first runner up in the Miss Universe pageant.

Posted: February 6th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Grounded, but reaching up to the universe

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There are a lot of terms that go with “beauty queen,” but one of the most unlikely is “fish vendor.” But that is exactly what 2012 Miss Universe Philippines Janine Tugonon does when she isn’t preoccupied with preparations for yet another beauty pageant and her other duties under the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc.

Posted: January 5th, 2013 in Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Instead of resolutions, let’s set goals


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Another year is over. Almost. Seems like 2012 just sped by in a blur. Suddenly we want to play catch-up. We have not done enough, perhaps, and now want to do more. We see where we goofed and itch to do damage control. A little more thought could have helped. It is too late.

Posted: December 30th, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Global Pinoys of 2012

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In 2012, several Pinoys reminded the whole world just how beautiful, talented and special we are. From athletes and singers to beauty titlists, here are those who brought pride to the country in 2012.

Posted: December 29th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

It’s not the end of the (Miss) Universe

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I slept through the Miss Universe pageant. I had a good excuse—I was writing until sunrise and I was nursing a fever. But it wasn’t good enough for Jason, my pageant-obsessed best friend who, when I confessed, texted, “Whhhhhhhy???????!?!?!?”

Posted: December 24th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Health and Wellness,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Janine Tugonon returns; fans cheer

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HOME BEAUTY. Miss Universe first runner-up Janine Tugonon of the Philippines meets journalists in a press conference at a Quezon City mall shortly after her arrival from the United States. AUGUST DELA CRUZ

For a beauty queen, winning the Miss Universe crown would have been everything. Not for Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon.

Posted: December 23rd, 2012 in Fashion and Beauty,Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Janine Tugonon: beauty, grace and brains

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Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo of the USA and her court. Photo by Elton Lugay

To many Filipino pageant watchers, Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon was the complete package: Beauty, grace and smarts. She was – but, of course — the Filipino favorite from the beginning. And when she answered her final interview, many had thought she nailed it.

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 in Fashion and Beauty,Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Janine Tugonon arrives in Manila

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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

Janine Tugonon arrived in Manila Saturday after winning the first runner-up spot in the Miss Universe pageant.

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Miss Universe: Language barrier took spotlight

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Miss Brazil, Gabriela Markus (L); Miss USA, Olivia Culpo (2nd-L); Miss Australia,  Renae Ayris (C); Miss Philippines, Janine Tugonon (2nd-R); and Miss Venezuela, Irene Sofia Esser Quintero (R) stand  on stage during the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant at Planet Holywood in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 19, 2012.  Eighty-nine countries and territories are participating in this year's pageant.   AFP  / JOE KLAMAR

Miss Venezuela came in third in the Miss Universe contest, a disappointment for the South American nation that has won more crowns in the pageant than any other country besides the U.S.

Posted: December 21st, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Tugonon’s 1st runner-up finish marks 3rd straight year of PH magic run in Top 5

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A 20-year-old self-described “cellist-nerd” brought the Miss Universe crown back to the United States for the first time in more than a decade, and a beauty from the Philippines won first runner-up honors in a pageant where the world’s most beautiful women paraded in bikinis and ball gowns.

Posted: December 21st, 2012 in Fashion and Beauty,Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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