Miss Philippines takes first runner up in Miss Universe 2012

Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon makes her countrymen very proud for her for winning Miss Universe 2012 1st Runner up title held wednesday (US time) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Miss USA Olivia Culpo crowned as Miss Universe 2012 while Ms. Brazil Gabriela Markus, 4th Runner-up; Ms. Australia Renae Ayris, 3rd Runner-up; and Ms. Venezuela Irene Sofía Esser Quintero, 2nd Runner-up.

In the question and answer portion, Janine was asked, ‘’As an international ambassador, do you believe that speaking English is a prerequisite to be Miss Universe? Why or Why not?”

Janine replied, “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. So whatever language you have as long as your heart is deserving and you have a strong mind to show to people, then you can be Miss Universe”.

Bataan  native Janine Tugonon actually placed first runner-up in last year’s Binibining Pilipinas pageant which won by Shamcey Supsup, who went on to finish third runner-up in that year’s Miss Universe.

This is the Philippines best finish since Miriam Quiambao in 1999. It is also the 3rd consecutive year that a Filipina has made the Miss Universe Top 5. In 2010 Venus Raj was 4th Runner up and in 2011 Shamcey Supsup was 3rd runner up.