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How Janine Tugonon made the Filipinos proud

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

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Janine Tugonon working as 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).

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Olivia Culpo, Renae Ayris, Janine Tugonon

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?"

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Janine tugonon Miss universe 2012's question and answer

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."

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Janine Tugonon with Miss Venezuela Universe 2012 Irene Esser

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Janine Tugonon with Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo
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