MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines’ bet to Miss Universe 2012 has enlisted the help of her countrymen to up her chances of being crowned the successor of Angola's Leila Lopes.
Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2012 Janine Tugonon can have a sure spot in the semifinals of Miss Universe if she garners the highest number of votes in the online polls of the annual pageant.
"I'm asking po sa help ng buong Pilipinas to please vote for me. I think magsta-start na siya sa November 15, it’s online voting," Tugonon said in an earlier interview.
The online voting will be held until December 18, a day before the coronation night. Supporters of the international contestants can log on to the official website of Miss Universe, where they can vote for their favorite contenders.
Filipinos can vote for Tugonon on her official profile page for the online polls.
Supporters can vote up to 10 times per day per account or valid e-mail address. They should be 13 years of age and above.
Late last year, a similar component in another beauty pageant, Miss International, catapulted Philippine bet Dianne Necio into the Top 15.
The People's Choice Award, which was also arrived at via online voting, was given to Necio for amassing over 350,000 votes. The award secured Necio's spot in the semifinals.
Leading up to the Miss Universe coronation night on December 20 (Manila time), Tugonon is widely believed to have a shot at being crowned the world’s beautiful woman, following the runner-up finishes of her predecessors in the past two Miss Universe pageants – her friend Shamcey Supsup won third runner-up in last year’s competition, while Venus Raj placed fourth runner-up in 2010.
A cum laude Pharmacy graduate of the University of Santo Tomas, Tugonon won in campus beauty pageants such as Miss Thomasian Personality in 2010 and Miss Pharmacy in 2009.
The Philippines is still hoping to produce its third Miss Universe winner after Gloria Diaz and Margie Moran.
This year's Miss Universe pageant will be aired live on ABS-CBN on December 20, when the winner of the online polls will be announced.
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