Late yesterday afternoon, a Meet-the-Press event was organized for Binibini8 Herlene Nicole Budol of Angono, Rizal at the Corte Ibiza in Quezon City. She was very happy with the turnout of guests from different mainstream and social media pages that she was in her right elements up until family members started giving their messages of encouragement when she broke into tears. For those who do not know yet, her beloved Nanay Bireng (grandmother) passed away recently. It would have made everything complete, as she said in the video below.
Nicole was just too happy that her “fairy godmothers” – Wilbert Tolentino, Gio Flores and Rodgil Flores – were all present to give their all-out support to this lady who is targeting the Binibining Pilipinas Grand International crown if at all possible. Aside from the thrill she associates with Miss Grand International, she wants to get first dibs at becoming the very first Filipina winner of the said international beauty pageant.
At the moment, she is looking forward to the Press Presentation where she can formally show all and sundry the results of her training and transformation. How is she looking at Tuesday’s big event of Binibining Pilipinas 2022?
If there is one thing I truly appreciate about Nicole, it is her utmost sincerity. As they say in the vernacular, “walang kaplastikan” at all. She doesn’t mince with words, even if everyone can see and hear the intermittent refinements in the choice of words and statements. She wants fans and supporters to trust her enough in this endeavor and requests that – instead of being belittled – people take her efforts seriously.
Personally, I will no longer fall off my swivel chair if she wins a crown or grabs a runner-up placement at least. After seeing and talking to her person, Nicole has the determination to succeed. She learns fast and it will only take a short matter of time before everyone else at BPCI starts to appreciate her real worth as a potential beauty queen. She may not fit the template we all have for one. But hey, this is the new normal. Anything can happen.