Early crowd favorite Herlene Budol, also known as "Hipon Girl," is officially a Binibining Pilipinas 2022 candidate!
The comedian-host was among those who made it to prestigious pageant’s Top 40, as announced during the final screening last April 22.
Herlene immediately took to her Instagram later that day to share her elation over the news, along with a photo of her from the moment her number was called as one of the official candidates.
"Oh my god, noong tinawag ang #67, na-speechless po ako at wala pa rin akong tigil sa kakaiyak dito sa backstage. Thank you, Lord, for hearing and answering my prayers!" she wrote in the caption.
"Mga ka-Hiponatics! Napili po ako as one of the official candidates ng Binibining Pilipinas 2022. Huwag niyo po ako iwan sa aking journey, ah!" she added.
Herlene then expressed her love for her supporters, as she promised them that she'll remain to be the "Hipon Girl" they loved during her stint as a host.
The 22-year-old aspirant also gave a shoutout to her parents Nanay Bireng and Tatay Oreng, her "kapatid,” Daisy "Madam Inutz" Lopez, her Kagandahang Flores family, her glam team, and Willie Revillame, who all played a huge part in her journey as a beauty queen.
Prior to the final screening, Herlene announced on her Instagram page that she will advocate for Autism Awareness and Detection, hoping to enlighten parents about the importance of its early detection among their kids.
"Nais kong makatulong sa pagmulat sa mga magulang ang importance ng maagang detection ng autism para malunasan, or lumaki ang batang may autism, na may medical attention at sila ay maging kapaki-pakinabang na mamamayan paglaki nila. Importante magkaroon ng speech & occupational therapy dahil I believe children are our future," she wrote in the caption.
Apart from Herlene, celebrities who also made it to the Bb. Pilipinas 2022 Top 40 include "Pinoy Big Brother: Otso" alum Diana Mackey and former actress Stacey Gabriel.
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