Herlene Budol retires from joining beauty pageant: “Parang pinipilit ko lang po talaga na sumali,”

Comedian and beauty queen Herlene Budol announced that she would officially retire from joining beauty pageants after parting ways with her former manager Wilbert Tolentino.

She announced her major decision through her vlog, saying that she realized the criticisms she received from pageant fans who told her that she was not competent enough to become a beauty queen.


“Nasasaktan lang po ako kasi parang totoo po ‘yung sinasabi niyo na parang pinipilit ko lang po talaga na sumali, na hindi ko po deserve, nagsusubok lang po ako.” Herlene tearfully said.

“Nagsusubok lang po ako na abutin ‘yung mga pangarap ko, na magkaroon po ako ng crown, na ma-represent ko po ‘yung Pilipinas pero hindi ko po pala kaya,” she added.

Herlene also apologized for the issues she started including her controversial performance at the Q&A of the Miss Grand Philippines 2023 pageant.


“Humihingi po ako ng sorry sa inyong lahat. Sa mga may ayaw po sa ‘kin, titigil na po ako. Hindi ko na po ipipilit ‘yung sarili ko.” she stated.

However, Herlene vowed to continue her advocacy to make other people happy.


It can be recalled that Herlene’s participation in Miss Tourism World was postponed due to issues surrouinding ALV Pageant and Miss Grand Philippines.

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