Herlene Budol, or more famously known on TV as Hipon Girl, won the hearts of viewers when she first joined variety program Wowowin as a contestant in one of its segments back in 2019. The 22-year-old's witty remarks made audiences laugh, and her 100% real and easygoing personality she showed captivated them even more.
Herlene went on to become one of the co-hosts of Wowowin after her segment on the show went viral on Facebook. While many may know her for her hardworking persona and comical lines on the variety show, did you know that she's actually also a former beauty queen?
In an interview with Pia Arcangel on GMA's docu-reality program Tunay na Buhay, Herlene opened up about her life before TV fame, and shared that her infamous nickname actually originated from a pageant experience. Herlene has been joining beauty pageants since she was in elementary school.
She recounted how she would always lose in every pageant, but her failed attempts never fazed her because they meant that she could just keep rejoining. She also took them as another chance to make new friends, so much so, that she even won Miss Congeniality in one of her pageants! "Parang nakakagawa po ako ng iba't ibang tropa, kasi taon-taon, iba-iba," she shared.
On how her moniker "Hipon Girl" came to be, Herlene shared that it started when she finally won Binibining Angono in 2017. According to Herlene, some of the pageant fans couldn't accept her victory because they thought the other contestants had prettier faces, and that she only relied on her slim figure. "Kasi po dati yung katawan ko po talaga, parang gutumin po yung katawan ko. Ngayon ho, medyo busog na," the 5-foot-9 TV personality quipped. Herlene, however, didn't let the negativity get to her, and instead used it to her advantage.
Since joining Wowowin as a co-host, Herlene has also appeared in several TV projects on GMA, such as a highly-acclaimed episode of Magpakailanman and the teleserye Madrasta.
Catch her full interview here.
This story originally appeared on Candymag.com. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.
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