Runners-Up can be cruel placements in a national beauty pageant. Not that it absolutely lacks luster, but it honors your performance without the big prize package and with no promise of international representation whatsoever. But in Bb. Pilipinas 2011 where the bar of competition was raised so high, making it to the Top 5 is nothing short of an achievement. This is the fate of Janine Tugonon and Mary Jean “MJ” Lastimosa this year.
First Runner-Up Janine Tugonon is considered the surprise performer of this batch. From practically out of nowhere, she made it to the Top 15 and then wowed everyone at the Araneta Coliseum with her fluid (albeit sounding a bit rehearsed) answer to the Q&A. One of the prides of the University of Santo Tomas, this Bataan native gained so much momentum going into the announcement of winners that she surpassed such perceived heavyweights like Patricia Tumulak, Diana Arevalo and Sabrinne Al-Tawil to gain the judges’ nod for a runner-up finish, one tier from a crown if you will. Not bad for a candidate earlier dismissed by some quarters as one of this year’s ‘Thank You Girls’.
On the other hand, MJ Lastimosa has been considered by many as a real threat to one of the crowns, not to mention being a permanent fixture in almost everyone’s list of favorites. During the coronation night, this Davaoena was in her best elements all throughout. But as it turned out to be, she was just good enough for a 2nd Runner-Up position (which I correctly predicted). Why, oh why? Well, she might have sounded all too sure and over-confident during her Q&A and that must have counted a lot during the deliberations made afterwards. Personally, her quip that went like “I am one of the stars in the universe and I am the brightest” is uncalled for because confidence can be projected in not so many words and still be effective. Just the same, the contest is over and all she can do is move on and make the most out of her placement.
I don’t know if these two ladies are qualified to join Miss World Philippines 2011 because there is an alleged ruling that no candidate from other national competitions can participate. But they should be shoo-ins for that one if ever. On second thought, they are tied down by their Bb. Pilipinas contracts for the next 12 months so they’re stuck with Madame.
That’s it! I have completed my dedicated blogs to all of Bb. Pilipinas 2011 winners and runners-up. Let’s wait and see for the next developments that await all 5 girls and continue to show our support for them.
Mabuhay ang Kagandahang Pilipina! 😉