MANILA, Philippines – Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon won the first runner-up in the Miss Universe beauty pageant held in Las Vegas, Nevada Thursday.
Miss U.S.A. won the crown after making it into the final five with Venezuela, Australia, Philippines and Brazil.
During the question and answer portion, Tugonon was asked “Do you believe that speaking English should be prerequisite for Miss Universe 2012?”
Tugonon answered: “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.”
“If you have a heart to serve and a strong mind to show people then you can be Miss Universe,” Tugonon said.
The final five was chosen after the evening gown portion.
Tugonon is the latest of a long line of candidates that have made the final five in the pageant. Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup who joined in the previous pageants also made it into the top five./ Inquirer