Miss Universe 2012 first runner-up Janine Tugonon and actor Benjamin Alves-- Photo from the actor's official Facebook fanpage
MANILA -- Miss Universe 2012 first runner-up Janine Tugonon is reportedly dating anew after her high-profile break-up with her non-showbiz boyfriend early this year.
The 23-year-old beauty queen is now "going out" with Benjamin Alves, according to the 24-year-old actor, in a report published Thursday on the entertainment news site Philippine Entertainment Portal.
"I say we go out, wala namang masama doon porke't artista kami," said Alves, who is a contract artist of GMA-7.
"Para namang big deal kung lumabas kaming dalawa. If we were 15 [years old], then that could be a big deal. We're of age naman na," he said.
Both Tugonon and Alves are under the management of the Jonas Gauffud-led talent agency Mercator.
While they have known each other for a while, the actor said he only started forming a close relationship with Tugonon recently.
"I've known her since pumasok ako kay Jonas. I think, she was starting training with Jonas then. So, I've known her then, pero this recently lang. It's been fun," he said.
He added: "If there's something, I won't deny naman. Nakikita ninyo naman na lumalabas kami."
In April, Tugonon made headlines when she broke up with her former partner, Jaypee Santos, over The Script vocalist Danny O'Donoghue.
The Pinay beauty has since admitted she was "at fault," following criticisms directed at her on social media.
"I accept that I was wrong. Aalam ko na ako ang mali, but I wouldn't like that failure to define who I am... Mistakes do happen, but it doesn't have to dictate me where I am going," she said in June.