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MANILA, December 23 – Malacañang this week hailed the first runner-up finish of Janine Tugonon at the Ms. Universe pageant held at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, saying her achievement showcased to the world, “the grace, sophistication, and beauty” of Filipino women.
In a statement, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said on Thursday Tugonon’s win further highlighted the exceptional characteristics of Filipinos as “world-class.”
“From her winning as Binibining Pilipinas to representing our proud nation on the stage of Miss Universe, the Filipino people have supported Ms. Tugonon throughout her journey and in the hearts of our countrymen; she is our winner, our Miss Philippines,” Valte said.
“With the victory of Ms. Tugonon, we find even more proof of the exceptional characteristics of Filipinas and Filipinos to be truly world-class.”
With the win, Janine Tugonon now joins former Binibining Pilipinas-Universe winners, Venus Raj in 2010 (4th runner-up) and Shamcey Supsup in 2011 (3rd runner-up), who have been included in the top five of the prestigious pageant.
This year’s Ms. Universe is Miss USA’s Olivia Culpo who, together with Tugonon, Miss Venezuela Irene Sofia Esser Quintero, Miss Australia Renae Ayris, and Miss Brazil Gabriela Markus, complete the the top five beauty finalists of Ms. Universe 2012. / PND (rck)
*** This post was sent in from a Malacañang news release by TFA Editor Romy Cayabyab who is still in Manila.