Bataan native Janine Tugonon bagged the first runner-up title at this year’s Miss Universe pageant. Miss USA Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss Universe 2012.
As part of the Top 5, famous photographer Nigel Barker asked Janine the question, “As an international ambassador, do you think speaking English is a prerequisite to being Miss Universe?” To which she 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.”
Last year, Shamcey Supsup took home the Miss Universe third runner-up prize.