Herlene Budol, also known as "Hipon Girl," announced loudly and proudly that she will use the Filipino language in her Binibining Pilipinas journey.
The comedian-host made the declaration on her Instagram page on Monday, April 11, where she reposted a Facebook post seemingly making fun of her not being able to understand English. Apparently, she cried during the closed-door briefing of Bb. Pilipinas last April 8 for this reason.
Not ashamed by her confession, Herlene said her capabilities aren't limited to the language she can speak and understand.
"Nabasa ko lang po ito sa isang pageant group. Opo, hindi ko po ito ikahihiya [na] naiyak ako dahil sa English. But it doesn't mean hanggang diyan na lang si Hipon girl niyo. Hindi ko pipilitin ang mag-Ingles. Wikang Filipino po ang gagamitin ko," she declared.
"This will inspire me to pursue my dreams. Hangga't may buhay, may pag-asa! Magkalat man ako o hindi, may Hipon [na] magtatatak sa entablado! Sobra akong na-touch sa mga magagandang comment niyo sa akin," she added.
While she still has a long journey to go, the 22-year-old aspirant is grateful for all the support she's been receiving from her fans.
"Ngayon pa lang gusto ko magpasalamat sa buong Hiponatics, Ka-Budol, Ka-Squammy, Ka-Freshness, Ka-Inutz, sa suporta nyo sa akin. Taas noo kong isisigaw: Herlene Nicole Budol, 22, from Angono Rizal, Felepens!!" she said.
Prior to submitting her application, Herlene did several preparations for the pageant, such as undergoing a makeup trial for her shoot, trying out swimsuits, and going through training with Kagandahang Flores.
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She first revealed her plans of joining Bb. Pilipinas in an interview with Karen Davila uploaded on April 2, saying it was her manager, Wilbert Tolentino, who encouraged her to join the prestigious pageant.
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