By Alex Y. Vergara
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.
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.
By Armin Adina
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.
My Chair RocksBy Conchita C. Razon
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.
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.
By Pam Pastor
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???????!?!?!?”
By Armin Adina
For a beauty queen, winning the Miss Universe crown would have been everything. Not for Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon.
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.
By Fat Reyes
Janine Tugonon arrived in Manila Saturday after winning the first runner-up spot in the Miss Universe pageant.
By Michelle Rindels
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.
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.