Janine Tugonon – PH Bet for Miss Universe 2012
Janine Tugonon has endured much to get where she is now. The Philippines’ bet for the most prestigious beauty pageant this 2012 has probably had the most challenging journey of all recent beauty queens in the country. She came second to last year’s Binibing Pilipinas winner Shamcey Supsup but it didn’t deter her from trying again this year and finally winning the right to represent the country in the Miss Universe 2012 pageant.
Janine has a daunting prospect in front of her. The previous two candidates the Philippines sent to Miss Universe found incredible success – Venus Raj took 4th place in 2010 while Shamcey took 3rd place in 2011. Can Janine do them both better? Both Shamcey and Venus think so.
Hailing from Bataan, Janine is a 5’7″ combination of beauty and brains. She graduated cum laude from the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas with a degree in Pharmacy. During this time, she also attended the Ballet School of Manila, which should be evident in her graceful form and slim body.
Janine has been preparing for tomorrow’s event for a long time. She has taken language and personality development trainings, had crash courses on philosophy and sociology, practiced projecting herself onto the camera and even perfected her own style of pasarela or the beauty queen’s walk – now dubbed the “cobra walk.”
Support our country’s entry to the 61st Miss Universe Pageant by voting for her online at MissUniverse.com. The candidate with the most number of online votes automatically qualifies in the semifinals. And don’t forget to watch the event live tomorrow (actually Dec. 20 in the Philippines) on ABS-CBN.
Hopefully, Janine Tugonon will pump Filipino pride once again despite Manny Pacquiao’s shattering loss to Marquez last week.
UPDATE (12/20/12): Janine Tugonon won first-runner up! Almost won the whole thing – she was especially impressive in the final question and answer portion. Congratulations Janine, you make us Filipinos proud!
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