Night of the Veterans

It was a battle of the veterans again at the Binibining Pilipinas finals last Sunday.  Last year’s 1st runner up – Janine Tugonon, is the new Miss Philippines Universe. During the pageant’s question and answer portion, judge Jose Manuel Romualdez asked Tugonon the question: “Many women nowadays forego a happy family life for a successful career. How do you feel about this?” Tugonon replied: “I believe that women have the right to choose between what they want. But for me, you’ll have to go for what God has called you to do, whatever it is, between the two. You must do what your purpose is in this world. Just have a child-like faith and mature obedience, and everything will go smooth.”

– Janine hails from Balanga, Bataan

– Tugonon graduated cum laude from UST. It added that the beauty queen was a consistent honor student and is into ballet.

– “My Savior fought and won the battle for me,” she said on Twitter.

Another Binibini 2nd timer Nicole Schmitz is our representative to Japan based Miss International pageant. Her question was – whether she would rather be someone who’s respected or loved: “I would rather be respected because that means you maintain your integrity, dignity and self-respect. That means in turn you’ll be loved by whoever matters and everyone around you.

Elizabeth Oropesa look alike Kathrina Jayne Dimaranan got the Binibining Pilpinas Tourism and has a chance to compete in China based Miss Tourism Queen International won once by the Philippines once thru Justine Gabionza in 2006.

Another national pageant veteran Elaine Moll won the 1st runner up plum. She was a finalist in last year’s Miss World Philippines.  She was   asked what changes she would make in Philippine culture, she hesitated but gave a good answer, Filipino time. She added “it’s very important t be on time,” but then she followed that up with “to appreciate and to cooperate to everybody..

Ali Forbes was  2nd runner up, she also won numerous provincial and regional pageant prior to Binibining Pilipinas.  She was asked  “What are the disadvantages of the new forms of communication?” and her answer looks different..  “Communication helps us reach to our relatives, our loved ones, that we truly love and this love reminds me of a quote saying, “You cannot do great things, you can only do small things with great love.”

Official Results:

BINIBINING PILIPINAS UNIVERSE 2012 
Candidate #18 Janine Tugonon

BINIBINING PILIPINAS TOURISM 2012
Candidate #13 Katrina Jayne Dimaranan

BINIBINING PILIPINAS INTERNATIONAL 2012
Candidate #8 Nicole Schmitz

BINIBINING PILIPINAS 1ST RUNNER-UP 2012
Candidate#15 Elaine Kay Moll

BINIBINING PILIPINAS 2ND RUNNER-UP 2012
Candidate #29 Annalie FOrbes

BINIBINING PILIPINAS 2012 TOP 12 SEMI-FINALISTS
Candidate #1 Karen Gallman
Candidate #7 Patricia Ejercitado
Candidate #8  Nicole Schmitz
Candidate #9 Mary Jean Lastimosa
Candidate #13 Katrina Jayne Dimaranan
Candidate #14 Gina Joy Howell
Candidate #15 Elaine Kay Moll
Candidate #16 Liezl Alcantara
Candidate #18 Janine Tugonon
Candidate #26 Angelee Delos Reyes
Candidate #29 Annalie FOrbes
Candidate #30 Sherlyn Gonzales

BEST IN NATIONAL COSTUME
Candidate #8 Nicole Schmitz

BEST IN SWIMSUIT
Candidate #8 Nicole Schmitz

BEST IN EVENING GOWN
Candidate #26 Angelee Delos Reyes

BINIBINING FRIENDSHIP
Candidate #25 Chloe Zanardi

BINIBINING TALENT
Candidate #13 Katrina Jayne Dimaranan

BINIBINING PHOTOGENIC
Candidate #1 Karen Gallma

BINIBINING PHILIPPINE AIRLINES 
Candidate #9 Mary Jean Lastimosa

BINIBINING AVON
Candidate #9 Mary Jean Lastimosa

MANILA BULLETIN READERS’ CHOICE  AWARD
Candidate #20 Roxane Tadique

TEXTERS’ CHOICE AWARD
Candidate #21 Giselle Angelica Munoz

Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. chairperson Stella Marquez Araneta said the Philippines is slowly reclaiming its “lofty stature as the beauty capital of Asia.”

Because of back2back amazing performances of Venus and Shamcey.. everyone has great expectations for Janine. I know she can make it since she has Miriam Quiambao aura.. Goodluck!