Janine Marie Tugonon’s beauty and intelligence prevailed at the coronation night of Binibining Pilipinas 2012 held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday. The 22 year old pharmacist from Balanga Bataan won among 29 beautiful women as she was crowned as the Bb. Pilipinas-Universe.
Tugonon will be the representative of the Philippines in the Miss Universe Pageant which will take place this coming December.
She graduated cum laude in her Pharmacy degree from the University of Santo Tomas and also won the Miss UST title.
Fil-Australian Nicole Schmitz was crowned as the Binibining Pilipinas-International, while Katrina Jayne Dimaranan won the Binibining Pilipinas-Tourism.
Camarines Sur’s Ellaine Kay Moll was given the 1st runner up award, while Annalie Forbes of Malolos was awarded as the second runner up.
During the question and answer portion, pageant judge Jose Manuel Romulado asked the beauty queen about her opinion about today’s women choosing a successful career over a happy family.
Judge Jose Manuel Romualdez: “Many women nowadays forgo a happy family life for a succesful career. How do you feel about this?”
Tugonon: “Well, I believe that women have the right to choose between what they want, but for me, you have to go for what God had called you to do. Whatever it is between the two, you must do what’s your purpose in this world. Just have a childlike faith and matured obedience then everything will go smooth. Thank You!”
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