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Herlene ‘Hipon Woman’ Budol ecstatic over formally changing into Bb. Pilipinas candidate


Image: Instagram/@herlene_budol

Herlene Budol, also known as Hipon Girl, is delighted after officially entering Binibining Pilipinas as one of its 40 candidates.

The comedian and former “Wowowin” host expressed gratefulness for entering the beauty pageant’s official roster, via her Instagram page yesterday, April 22. She also showed herself praying prior to the Binibining Pilipinas final screening, as well as donning a swimsuit with a pin indicating she was candidate number 67.

“[Oh my God] nu’ng tinawag ang [number 67], na-speechless po ako at wala pa rin akong tigil sa kaka-iyak dito sa backstage,” she said. “Thank you Lord for hearing [and] answering my prayers!”

(Oh my God when number 67 was called, I was speechless and I can’t stop crying here at the backstage.)

Budol then asked her fans to continue supporting her in her pageant journey and protecting her from bashing.

“Mahalin n’yo ako bilang Hipon [na] nakilala n’yo sa ‘Wowowin’ as TV host ah. Ipinapangako ko rin na [hinding hindi] ako magbabago at [hinding hindi] po lalaki ang aking ulo,” she told fans.

(Love me as the Hipon you knew in “Wowowin” as a TV host. I promise that I will not change and will never become arrogant.)

Budol also thanked her family, her friend content creator Madam Inutz, her manager Wilbert Tolentino and “Wowowin” main host Willie Revillame for supporting and guiding her.

Budol revealed that she will be advocating autism awareness and detection for her Binibining Pilipinas stint.

She hopes to enlighten parents about the importance of early autism detection, as well as speech and occupational therapy, as per her Instagram post, also yesterday.

Budol earlier this month announced that she had applied for Binibining Pilipinas by showing herself filing her application. She stated that she will not push herself to speak English during the question-and-answer portion of the pageant, and instead use Filipino.

The Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) presented its 40 official aspirants at the New Frontier Theater in Quezon City yesterday, April 22. The candidates will be vying for four crowns: Bb. Pilipinas International, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental, Bb. Pilipinas Grand International and Bb. Pilipinas Globe.  /ra


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