Miss USA, Olivia Culpo, is crowned Miss Universe 2012, in Las Vegas, while Miss Philippines is 1st Runner up this December 20, 2012. The official Top 16 Miss Universe Finalists can be read HERE, and the Top 10 HERE.
The Top 5 Miss Universe Contestants were:
1. Miss Venezuela – 2nd Runner up
2. Miss Philippines – 1st Runner up
3. Miss USA – Miss Universe
4. Miss Australia – 3rd Runner up
5. Miss Brazil – 4th Runner up
Miss Philippines, Janine Marie Tugonon, is 23 years old and has graduated Cum Laude in Pharmacy from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.
Previous winners from the Philippines were Gloria Diaz (1969), Margie Moran (1973).
The question was:
“Do you believe that speaking English should be a pre-requisite to be in Miss Universe 2012?”
Janine‘s outstanding answer:
“Whatever language you speak as long as you have the heart to serve and a strong mind, you can be Miss Universe. “
The five Miss Universe 2012 beauties have been early favorites during the course of the competition, and have scored well in the National Costume, Swimsuit, and Evening Gown competition.
Miss Kosovo won Miss Photogenic, while Miss Guatemala won Miss Congeniality.
Miss Universe 2011, Miss Leila Lopes, did her customary farewell walk before she crowned Miss USA.
Filipinos and supporters all over the world stormed Twitter to express their joy with Miss Janice Tugonon’s victory as 1st Runner up, as #MissUniverse and #CongratsMissPhilippines trend.
Congratulations to the winners. Congratulations, Miss Philippines! Mabuhay Ka!