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Janine Tugonon shines anew in Miss Universe 2012 National Costume show


Tugonon in her Muslim-inspired national costume. Photograph courtesy of Jory Rivera of OPMB.

Tugonon in her Muslim-inspired national costume. Photograph courtesy of Jory Rivera of OPMB.



LAS VEGAS, USA – The Filipina beauty once again stood out and appeared in a queenly gait in her Muslim-inspired ensemble at the Miss Universe 2012 National Costume show held at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on December 14, Friday night (morning of December 16, Manila time).

After the previous evening’s preliminaries–the evening gown and swimsuit competitions, respectively, Janine managed to show what a real Filipina beauty queen is made of as she sashayed the rumored-to-be national costume inspired from the Philippines’ last Miss Philippines, Margie Moran, who was crowned in Athens, Greece in 1973.

Despite its simplicity, Tugonon exuded with confidence; highlighting the traditional tiara of a tribal Muslim queen matched with a silk white veil and maroon sash with an intricate embroidered design, reflecting a royal Muslim characteristic.


Dindi Gallardo in Miss Universe 1993.

Dindi Gallardo in Miss Universe 1993.


A screen shot of Gallardo during the live telecast of Miss Universe 1993.

A screen shot of Gallardo during the live telecast of Miss Universe 1993.




The costume is nothing new anymore as the Philippines’ representative Melinda ‘Dindi’ Gallardo also wore almost the same theme during her reign in 1993. The only difference, Tugonon owned the stage during her moment and showed how regal she is in that glittery silver Muslim dress, which is enough to match Moran’s presence in the 1973 beauty pageant, 39 years ago.

The coronation night will be on December 19th, Wednesday, 8pm live from its unique and versatile 7,000-seat, state-of-the-art venue, the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. It will be telecast via NBC.

The show will be hosted by Andy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic with telecast judges: Brad Goreski, Cee Lo Green, Diego Boneta, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Masaharu Morimoto, Nigel Barker, Pablo Sandoval, Scott Disick, and Ximena Navarrete.

To secure a spot for the Philippines, an online voting has been up since November 15 and and will end on Tuesday, December 18 at 6pm ET. One can vote up to 10 times per day per account/valid email address. Keep voting!

To vote, CLICK HERE!.

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Janine Tugonon in action today!


Janine Tugonon showed-off her beautiful figure in the Miss Universe preliminary swimsuit competition. Photograph courtesy of Jory Rivera of OPMB.

Janine Tugonon showed-off her beautiful figure in the Miss Universe preliminary swimsuit competition. Photograph courtesy of Jory Rivera of OPMB.

LAS VEGAS, USA — The Philippines’ bet and the country’s hope to win the third Miss Universe title, Janine Tugonon was seen in action today during the preliminaries, December 14 as she strutted and sashayed herself on the beauty pageant stage competing with 89 lovely candidates from across the globe.

According to Jory Rivera, a photographer of OPMB, the Filipina representative was in high spirits as she heard and felt the warm support of the Filipino community in Las Vegas, who cheered for her every time she is seen onstage. Though in an article written in another site, Tugonon expressed her thoughts on her strongest competition for the crown is the candidate from Venezuela.

Tugonon’s cobra walk had an impressive response particularly in the swimsuit category. In her two-piece blue swimwear, she exhibited how she had transformed from the time she was crowned Bb. Pilipinas-Universe in summer this year.

Her predecessor Shamcey Supsup, who placed third runner-up in last year’s pageant is confident that her successor will do well in the pageant. Apart from that, Supsup was invited by the Miss Universe organization to join Tugonon to be in the Web coverage for the said prestigious beauty tilt.

The preliminary competition was hosted by Las Vegas’s local TV and radio personality Chet Buchanan and Miss Universe 2012 Leila Lopes. The members of the panel of judges for the preliminary competition are: Duane Gazi, Amy Sadowsky, Crystle Stewart, Jimmy Nguyen, Beverly Frank, Carlos Abaya, Corinne Nicolas, and Michael Greenwald.

To secure a spot for the Philippines, an online voting has been up since November 15 and and will end on Tuesday, December 18 at 6pm ET. One can vote up to 10 times per day per account/valid email address. Keep voting!

To vote, CLICK HERE!.

In time for Summer


Though the Lenten season is just around the corner, most people especially in the tropics think of the Holy Week as an opportunity to bond with their families and friends. Going to beaches and swimming pools are common getaways.

I thought of placing a request here.

I have two male friends competing for a particular summer search. Please Support these Two Gentlemen in their Quest for the title ‘Summer Heat 2010’ – the Male Category.

Visit the links of Ino Palmero and Albert Pedregosa and ciick on the ‘like’ link since 25% of the ‘like’ votes will be one of the basis for the winners.

Thanks in advance! 🙂