MANILA, Philippines – Miss Universe 2012 first runner-up Janine Tugonon believes there is no science to winning the prestigious pageant.
More than the signature gestures, say, her Cobra Walk which many deemed crucial to bagging the top title, Janine stressed that standing above the other contestants lies solely on being true to oneself at all times.
“[At] dapat ay mabait ka sa lahat ng mga tao dito tapos ‘wag kang pasaway. Parang ‘pag may calltime, gumising ka [sa tamang oras] para pakita mo lang na willing kang mag-work for them and willing kang gawin ‘yung responsibility mo.”
More than the question and answer portion, Janine confessed that it was the announcement of the ladies that made it to the Top 10 and the swimsuit rounds that got her most excited.
“Opo actually kabang kaba po ako no’n, sabi ko ‘Bakit? Hala isang slot na lang wala pa ako. Sobrang kinakabahan po ako kasi parang ayaw ko pang umalis, ayoko pang mawala sa tatawagin. Pero since nakita ko naman na ‘yung camera na medyo malapit na sakin, sabi ko ‘ah siguro ako ‘yung last,’” recalled the 23-year-old beauty queen.
The source of Janine’s anxiety during the swimsuit round was the "wiggling heel" of her shoes, which according to her, almost got her out of balance while walking onstage.
Asked how she managed to answer the final question in such an intelligent manner, Janine said that had anticipated for anything thrown her way.
“’Di na po ako nagulat sa tanong pero usually ‘pag ganyan nagre-ready na ako ng mga pu-pwede kong isagot. Buti nalang ‘yung tanong niya, nakasama sa mga ni-ready ko. Hindi exactly ‘yung ganong tanong pero [parehas na] about sa Miss Universe, kaya kahit papano medyo nasagot ko siya ng mabilis,” said she.
Janine is set to arrive in the Philippines on Saturday.