Janine Tugonon now part of Miss Universe Top 10

Posted at 12/20/12 10:01 AM

Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 2012 Janine Tugonon

MANILA, Philippines - Following in the footsteps of her predecessors Shamcey Supsup and Venus Raj, Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 2012 Janine Tugonon made the country proud by entering the Top 10 of the 61st Miss Universe pageant.

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 10:

  1. Australia -- Renae Ayris
  2. Russia -- Elizabeth Golovanova
  3. Brazil -- Gabriela Markus
  4. France -- Marie Payet
  5. Venezuela -- Irene Sofía Esser Quintero 
  6. USA -- Olivia Culpo
  7. Hungary -- Agnes Konkoly
  8. South Africa -- Melinda Bam
  9. Mexico -- Karina Gonzalez
  10. Philippines -- Janine Tugonon

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 Supsup and Raj placing third and fourth, respectively.