Janine Mari R. Tugonon typifies a Filipina who overcame adversity to achieve success. An epitome of beauty and brain, Bb. Pilipinas 2011 candidate No. 27 is a 21-year-old lass from Bataan who graduated cum laude from UST and top-ranked the Pharmacy Board Examination in 2010 with an 82.05 percent.
Janine grew up without a father. Though she knew she had a father and who he was, Janine never experienced a father's warm embrace nor felt her father's moral support in her undertakings. There were only her mom, elder sister and grandparents (now deceased) who made a complete family picture for her.
Janine does not entertain the term "broken family". Despite her situation, Janine made sure that the path she created would always be towards her goal. She was a constant honor student since preparatory school where she graduated salutatorian. She was best in English in high school and got hooked up in ballet. Well, learning ballet is pretty expensive, so Janine saved for her ballet expenses.
When she reached college her beauty beckoned. She was UST’s Miss Pharmacy in 2009 and eventually became the Ideal Thomasian Personality in 2010 (Miss UST). She was able to study ballet, earned good grades and be a devout Christian. But you will never hear her brag nor display her accomplishments. She always say that all her achievements are God-given. Never was it about her.
Today, Janine competes as Candidate #27 in the Bb. Pilipinas 2011 beauty pageant. She may not be drop-dead gorgeous beauty, but Janine epitomizes what a true Filipina should be. Her beauty is very Filipina, a young lass who still was able to preserve our moral and ethical values. Her her simplicity defines elegance and most of all, she has character and substance - all the traits that a beauty queen should possess.