Janine Tugonon makes it to Miss Universe Top 16

Posted at 12/20/12 9:23 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 2012 Janine Tugonon made it to the Top 16 in the 61st Miss Universe pageant held at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Wednesday night (Thursday morning in Manila).

Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon performs onstage at the 2012 Miss Universe National Costume Show at PH Live in Las Vegas, Nevada December 14, 2012. Photo from Reuters

The coronation night is hosted by Andy Cohen, Bravo's executive vice president of development and talent, and entertainment journalist and fashion and beauty expert Giuliana Rancic.

Below is the complete list of candidates who made it in this year's Miss Universe Top 16:

1. Venezuela -- Irene Sofía Esser Quintero
2. Turkey -- Ça??l Özge Özkul
3. France -- Marie Payet
4. Peru -- Nicole Faverón
5, Russia -- Elizabeth Golovanova
6. Mexico -- Karina Gonzalez
7. Poland -- Marcelina Zawadzka
8. Hungary -- Agnes Konkoly
9. South Africa -- Melinda Bam
10. Philippines -- Janine Tugonon
11. Croatia -- Elizabeta Burg
12. Brazil -- Gabriela Markus
13. Kosovo -- Diana Avdiu
14. Australia -- Renae Ayris
15. India -- Shilpa Singh
16. USA -- Olivia Culpo

Dubbed as an "early favorite," Tugonon has appeared in several pre-pageant activities such as TV guestings on talk shows.

The Philippines is still hoping to produce its third Miss Universe winner after Gloria Diaz in 1969 and Margie Moran in 1973.

Tugonon's predecessors almost clinched the Miss Universe title, with Shamcey Supsup and Venus Raj placing third and fourth, respectively.