Janine Marie Tugonon from Balanga, Bataan, 22, beat the set of 29 hopefuls as they showed off swimsuits, long evening gowns and interview skills in a bid to impress a panel of judges.
Tugonon has won prizes that run up to millions of pesos including BPCI Management Contract worth P500,0000. The winner is expected to become the object of national accolade and endorser of several brands.
Janine Tugonon is a cum lau de BS Pharmacy graduate from the University of Sto. Tomas and was Miss UST 2010 and Miss UST-Pharmacy 2010. She is a ballerina having trained in Ballet Manila.
“I believe women have the right to choose between what they want. Just go for what God wants you to do. Between the two, whatever it is, you must do your purpose in this world. Just have faith and mature obedience, and everything will go smooth,” Janine said in the question and answer portion when asked by pageant judge Jose Manuel Rodriguez about women foregoing a happy family life for a successful career.
Here is the list of 2012 Binibining Pilipinas winners:
- Miss Universe-Philippines 2012: #18 Janine Marie Tugonon
- Binibining Pilipinas - International 2012: #8 Nicole Schmitz
- Binibining Pilipinas - Tourism 2012: #13 Katrina Jayne Dimaranan
- 1st runner up - #15 Elaine Kay Moll
- 2nd runner up - #29 Annalie Forbes