Twenty-two-year-old Janine Marie Tugonon who represents Balanga, Bataan and last year’s first runner up bested 29 other hopefuls in the annual Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on April 15.
The 5’9″ Janine graduated at the University of Sto. Tomas with latin honor (cum laude). The beauty queen is also a ballerina.
During the Question and Answer portion, Janine was asked by judge Jose Manuel Romualdez about her feelings towards women of today who choose a successful career over a happy family life.
She responded, “Well, I believe that women have the right to choose between what they want. But for me, you’ll have to go for what God has called you to do. Whatever it is between the two, you must do what’s your purpose in this world. Just have a child-like faith and mature obedience and everything will go smoothly.”
Other winners are: Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism Katrina Dimaranan; Bb. Pilipinas-International Nicole Schmitz; 1st runner up Elaine Moll; and 2nd runner up Annalie Forbes.
Meanwhile, last year’s second runner up and this year’s heavy favorite Mary Jean Lastimosa who won Miss Avon and Miss Philippine Airline awards walked home without any crown. What’s your take on this year’s winner? Comment field below or follow the author @knicknocks.