UST celebrates Janine Tugonon’s feat

Imbued with undending grace. Janine Tugonon returns to UST.(Photo by Sherwin Marion T. Vardeleon)
Imbued with undending grace. Janine Tugonon returns to UST.
(Photo by Sherwin Marion T. Vardeleon)

Earlier today, I was going gaga on Twitter and Facebook to check for updates about Miss Universe 2012 first runner-up Janine Tugonon’s grand motorcade, which includes a homecoming in her (our) alma mater, the University of Santo Tomas I would’ve wanted to drop by UST to witness that momentous celebration, but the photos I found line were enough to feed my excitement. I also shared them to fellow pageant fans.

“The celebration started with a motorcade around the campus, where she was warmly welcomed by students, faculty members, and administrators, followed by an awarding of a plaque of recognition and a lunch reception,” reports The Varsitarian, UST’s official student publication.

Janine earned her degree in Pharmacy, cum laude, from UST in 2010. She was crowned as Ideal Female Thomasian Personality (Miss UST) in 2010.

Here are some photos from The Varsitarian’s official Facebook page:

Janine's float enters UST Espana gate, welcomed by students at the Arch of the Centuries.(Photo by Jaime T. Campos)
Janine’s float enters UST Espana gate, welcomed by students at the Arch of the Centuries.
(Photo by Jaime T. Campos)
Students from the College of Commerce take a break from their classes to see Janine.(Photo by Sherwin Marion T. Vardeleon)
Students from the College of Commerce take a break from their classes to see Janine.
(Photo by Sherwin Marion T. Vardeleon)
All smiles and gladly waves for the Thomasian crowd.(Photo by Sherwin Marion T. Vardeleon)
All smiles and gladly waves for the Thomasian crowd.
(Photo by Sherwin Marion T. Vardeleon)
Radiant on the red carpet before the start of the program at the Plaza Mayor.(Photo by Sherwin Marion T. Vardeleon)
Radiant on the red carpet before the program at the Plaza Mayor.
(Photo by Sherwin Marion T. Vardeleon)
Fr Herminio Dagohoy presents a plaque of appreciation to Janine.(Photo by Sherwin Marion T. Vardeleon)
Fr Herminio Dagohoy presents a plaque of appreciation to Janine.
(Photo by Sherwin Marion T. Vardeleon)
Janine gamely answers questions from the press.(Photo by Sherwin Marion T. Vardeleon)
Janine gamely answers questions from the press.
(Photo by Jaime T. Campos)

“Ms. Janine Tugonon’s impressive performance in an international competition proves that Thomasians truly excel in almost every field, and more importantly, she has become a positive role model to many young people because she exemplifies determination, hard work, beauty, and intelligence.”

– UST Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P.

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