MANILA, Philippines – Miss Universe 2012 first runner-up Janine Tugonon believes her boyfriend of eight months Jaypee Santos is God-given.
“Mabait siya sobra and siya 'yung talagang kahit puyat na, susunduin ka pa rin niya, hahatid ka pa niya. Sobrang gentleman,” she said in an interview on ANC's "Headstart" on Monday.
“Hindi ko naman kailangan ng Brad Pitt. I grew up in a broken family. Ayaw kong mangyari 'yun sa akin kasi alam ko ang magiging epekto nun sa anak ko. So kung mukha lang over 'yung pagiging faithful ng isang tao, doon na ako sa faithful. Gusto ko hanggang pagtanda, buo ang family ko,” she added.
Despite her near-win, Tugonon revealed that she also received several negative comments on the social networking site Twitter.
“May magaganda rin naman pero minsan may nababasa akong negative na, 'yun nga, clapper lang daw ako. Tapos buti raw hindi ako 'yung nanalo, mayroon pa na hindi pang-beauty queen. Mga sobrang negative talaga,” she said.
But despite this, the 23-year old beauty queen said she just chooses to ignore the negative comments.
“Ipapayo ko talaga sa magiging next Miss Universe Philippines na huwag na magbasa kahit kelan ng comments. ..Hindi na siya kailangan. Hindi siya nakakatulong sa kahit kaninong tao. Positive na lang parati tayo,” she said.
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While many fans believe she should have won the entire competition, Tugonon said she never felt bad losing the crown to Miss USA Olivia Culpo, saying she believes that her runner-up finish was part of God’s plan.
Tugonon added that when it came down to the final two, she was expecting to be called but her gut-feel told her something else.
“Prior kasi to that, sinabihan na ako ng mommy ko na it’s gonna be between you and USA so do well -- two days before. Nafi--feel niya eh," she said.
"May something talaga sa akin na feeling ko bakit kami ni USA ang natira. Although siyempre nagho-hope pa rin ako na Philippines. Pero sabi ko may something eh,” she added.
Tugonon said one reason that may have helped Culpo win was because Americans badly needed inspiration since the US is going through certain challenges, with the pageant happening just days after another school shooting.
“Hindi naman talaga natin masasabi. Pero sabi nga ng uncle ko, judging is subjective. Kahit maganda ang sagot ko at 'yung lakad ko, kung 'yung judges natipuhan si Miss USA, wala tayong magagawa doon. Subjective eh. Pero puwede rin 'yung sinasabi nila na may tragedy. Kung 'yun nga ang reason, okay lang naman. Kung makakapagpagaan sa loob ng mga Amerikano 'yun, okay na, ibigay na natin sa kanila,” she said.
After her strong performance in the pageant, the UST Pharmacy graduate said popularity has not changed her or the choices that she makes.
“Kasi po ngayon I’m under contract with Bb. Pilipinas hanggang October next year. It’s their call, not mine. Ako I want to travel talaga,” she said.
Tugonon’s first runner-up placing in Miss Universe is the country’s best finish in the pageant in more than a decade.
In 1999, Miss Philippines Miriam Quiambao was also named first runner-up in the Miss Universe pageant. Last year, Shamcey Supsup won third runner-up, while in 2010, Venus Raj was fourth runner-up.
The last time Miss Philippines won the Miss Universe crown was in 1973 with Margie Moran. The first was with Gloria Diaz in 1969.
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