: Enjoy one of the public fireworks displays at midnight on New Year’s Eve at the following locations: Hana below Fagan’s Cross, from a barge fronting the Grand Wailea Hotel, and the Manele Bay Hotel on Lanai.
MANILA, Philippines — Crowd favorite Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon settled for first runner-up as Miss USA Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss Universe 2012 in the tension-filled beauty pageant held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Wednesday night (Thursday morning in Manila).
Filipinos rejoiced as the country made history with triple back-to-back honors for the country in the Miss Universe contest. In 2010, Ma. Venus Raj won fourth runner-up honors, followed by Shamcey Supsup’s third runner-up honors last year.
Tugonon, 23, of Balanga, Bataan, impressed the judges with her answer to a tweeter question during the final interview read by famed photographer Nigel Barker. “As an international ambassador, do you believe that speaking English is a prerequisite to being Miss Universe? Why or why not?”
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