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Miss Cavite Billie Hakenson won over the hearts of Filipinos despite losing

Although she didn’t win, Hakenson equally had a barrage of praises and found herself in the top 10 trending topics on Twitter shortly after the Q&A portion of the competition.

Iloilo City’s Rabiya Mateo will represent the Philippines at the upcoming Miss Universe after being crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2020 last Sunday.

However, Mateo wasn’t the only one who blew up social media, so did fourth runner-up Kimberly “Billie” Hakenson of Cavite.

Although she didn’t win, Hakenson equally had a barrage of praises and found herself in the top 10 trending topics on Twitter shortly after the Q&A portion of the competition.

16 candidates were asked the question: “Throughout this journey you have discovered you are a phenomenal woman who is conditioned for greater. How can you create a positive and lasting impact to the world around you?”

Most said Hakenson’s answer was so strong.

“I was a survivor of gender-based abuse and without knowing it, maybe so are you. I am not here to just be a voice, I am here to amplify voices because we will not be silenced by fear anymore. We are here to be empowered by truth,” she said.

Hakenson is a flight attendant who during the preliminary interviews in Baguio City, talked about how she is proud to identify as a bisexual.

People found her message very relatable, with a considerable amount even saying she is the real Miss Universe Philippines.

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She won over the LGBT community in the country.

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Her hometown is proud of the courage she showed.


Written by JO-EST B. TAN

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