She may not get the crown as Miss Universe, But our countrymen is proud of Ms. Janine Tugonon winning as the first runner-up of such beauty pageant because she just proved the best qualities of Filipina and being ‘world-class’ of the Filipino.
“Ms. Janine Tugonon, by winning 1st runner-up in the Miss Universe pageant, held up the country’s banner and showed the world, once again, the grace, sophistication and beauty that Filipinas possess,” said deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte.
“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. With the victory of Ms. Tugonon, we find even more proof of the exceptional characteristics of Filipinas and Filipinos to be truly world-class,” Valte added.
Many Filipinos alleged that Tugonon should have be the Miss Universe since her answer is great in the Q&A portion compared to the winner, Olivia Culpo of USA.
The Filipina beauty 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?”
Tugonon responds, “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.”
“Janine’s win in the Miss Universe pageant is a triumph for the Filipino people and the perfect way to end the year,” statement of Vice President Jejomar Binay.Tugonon’s triumph as the 1st runner-up is also considered as every Filipinos achievement.
According to Binay, the attainment of Tugonon proves that Filipino women stand out in beauty pageants.