PHOTOS: Janine Tugonon arrives in Manila
We catch the Miss Universe 2012 first runner-up who is finally home for the holidays

MISS UNIVERSE IN OUR EYES. Miss Universe 2012 first runner-up Janine Tugonon comes back home to a warm welcome from fans at the airport. Photo by Jedwin Llobrera

MANILA, Philippines – Miss Universe 2012 first runner-up Janine Tugonon landed in Manila on December 22, Saturday, at 6 am via flight PR 107 from Las Vegas.

Rappler photographer Jedwin Llobrera caught the beauty queen at the airport and sent us these photos:

Photo by Jedwin Llobrera

Photo by Jedwin Llobrera

Photo by Jedwin Llobrera

Photo by Jedwin Llobrera

Miss USA Olivia Culpo brought home this year’s Miss Universe crown.

Malacanang Palace released this statement through Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte shortly after the pageant on December 19 (December 20 Manila time):

Ms. Janine Tugonon, by winning 1st runner up in the Miss Universe pageant, held up the country’s banner and showed the world, once again, the grace, sophistication, and beauty that Filipinas possess. From her winning as Binibining Pilipinas to representing our proud nation on the stage of Miss Universe, the Filipino people have supported Ms. Tugonon throughout her journey and in the hearts of our countrymen; she is our winner, our Miss Philippines. With the victory of Ms. Tugonon, we find even more proof of the exceptional characteristics of Filipinas and Filipinos to be truly world class.

Vice President Jejomar Binay released this statement:

Janine‘s win in the Miss Universe pageant is a triumph for the Filipino people and the perfect way to end the year. The charm, grace, and wit she exuded during the pageant is proof that we Filipinos can stand out in the global arena.

She has captured the hearts of the judges, our kababayans, and the people around the world who watched the pageant. Truly, she is the epitome of beauty, brains, and  Filipina empowerment.

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