Janine Tugonon in Miss Universe Top 5

Posted at 12/20/12 10:26 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 2012 Janine Tugonon now has the chance of becoming the country's next Miss Universe titleholder as she makes it to the pageant's Top 5 this year.

The coronation night, held at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Wednesday night (Thursday morning in Manila), 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 5:

  1. Venezuela -- Irene Sofía Esser Quintero 
  2. Philippines -- Janine Tugonon
  3. Australia -- Renae Ayris
  4. USA -- Olivia Culpo
  5. Brazil -- Gabriela Markus

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.