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Janine’s grace, NRA’s disgrace

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Miss USA, Olivia Culpo, right, reacts as she is announced as the new Miss Universe over first runner-up Miss Philippines, Janine Tugonon, left, during the Miss Universe competition, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, in Las Vegas. AP

In a press conference held after she returned to Manila on December 22, Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon told embittered supporters who believe she was robbed of the Miss Universe crown by a hometown decision to get over it. “Miss USA deserved to win and I’m fortunate to place second among 89 contestants,” she said.

Posted: December 27th, 2012 in Blogs,Columnists,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

‘Filipinos take pageants seriously’

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Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo of the USA and her court. PHOTO/ ELTON LUGAY

To many Filipino pageant watchers, Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon was the complete package: Beauty, grace and smarts. She was – but, of course — the Filipino favorite from the beginning. And when she answered her final interview, many had thought she nailed it.

Posted: December 23rd, 2012 in Americas,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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