Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon was hailed as the second most beautiful woman in the world after ending as the 1st runner up in the “Miss Universe 2012” pageant last Thursday.  This is the second time the Philippines placed 1st runner-up in the world’s most prestigious pageant after Miriam Quiambao finished 1st runner up and lost the crown to Ms Botswana back in 1999.gallery_photo1355975984UNI2012_4548

Miss USA Olivia Culpo took home the crown replacing Angola’s Leila Lopes.  Irene Quintero of Venezuela ended up 2nd runner up; Renae Ayris of Australia was third runner up; and Gabriela Markus of Brazil was named 4th runner up.

As expected, Janine wowed the judges and the crowd in the swimwear competition with her fabulous figure and signature cobra walk that made her advance to the top ten.  Her elegant pose and unique yet graceful hand gesture also stole the show and stunned viewers in the evening gown portion.

In the question and answer portion, Janine was interrupted by the audience’s applause while answering the final question asked by fashion photographer Nigel Barker:

“As an international ambassador, do you believe that speaking English should be a prerequisite to being Miss Universe? Why or why not?”

The Filipina beauty confidently answered,

“For me, being Miss Universe is not just about knowing how to speak a specific language.  It’s being able to influence and inspire other people.  As long as your heart wants to serve and you have a strong mind to show to people, then you can be Miss Universe.”

To date, the Philippines has only won two Miss Universe titles, the first one in 1969 by Gloria Diaz and the second one in 1973 by Margarita Moran.

Janine a 23-year old licensed pharmacist and a cum laude graduate of the University of Santo Tomas has made a lot of Filipinos proud this week.   She made celebrating the holidays more meaningful to a lot people even with the dampened spirits because of the nation’s recent tragedy in the southern provinces due to typhoon pablo which left over a thousand people dead and missing.janince for miss u

Janine Tugonon together with Nonito Donaire (The Filipino Flash) will have a heroes welcome this Sunday at ABS-CBN’s noontime weekend party show ASAP.  Also, watch the replay of the “Miss Universe 2012” pageant on Dec 23 at 11 PM also on ABS-CBN.

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