The Philippines’ will have to wait a little longer for its third Miss Universe crown. Janine Tugonon settled for a first runner up finish behind Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island, United States. This is the third straight year that the Philippines made it to the top five, each time falling short of the ultimate crown – Venus Raj finished fourth runner-up in 2010 while Shamcey Supsup finished third runner-up last year.
Miss Universe – United States
1st runner-up – Philippines
2nd runner-up – Venezuela Irene Sofía Esser Quintero
3rd runner-up – Australia Renae Ayris of Australia
4th runner-up – Brazil Gabriela Markus of Brazil
Tugonon’s answer to Nigel Barker, a British-Sri Lankan photographer, earner her loud cheers from the audience.She was asked: “As an international ambassador, do you believe that speaking English should be a prerequisite to being Miss Universe? Why or why not?” to which she responded “For me, being Miss Universe is not just about knowing how to speak a specific language. It’s being able to influence and inspire other people. As long as your heart wants to serve and you have a strong mind to show to people, then you can be Miss Universe.”
The coronation night was held at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday night Thursday morning in Manila. Andy Cohen, Bravo’s executive vice president of development and talent, and entertainment journalist and fashion and beauty expert Giuliana Rancic hosted the event. Tugonon gives the Philippines its best finish in the competition since Miriam Quiambao nearly bagged the crown in 1999.