We can call her the Asian Pocahontas. Janine Tugonon, 24, was Miss Universe Philippines 2012, became the first runner-up of Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo and made all filipinos proud.
Tugonon is no stranger to the Binibining Pilipinas pageant. She placed first runner-up at Binibining Pilipinas 2011, which was won by Shamcey Supsup. Supsup finished as 3rd Runner-Up to Leila Lopes of Angola at Miss Universe 2011.
Janine Tugonon : From a Beauty Queen to a Model
Janine Tugonon at Miss Universe 2012
On 19 December 2012, Janine Tugonon was the only Asian to place in the Top 5. Philippines placed in the Top 5 for the third consecutive year, after Venus Raj (2010) and Shamcey Supsup (2011).
During Miss Universe 2012 Janine Tugonon was given a Twitter question from judge Nigel Barker: “As an international ambassador, do you believe that speaking English should be a prerequisite to being Miss Universe? Why or why not?”
She 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 people, then you can be Miss Universe.”