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Miss Cavite Billie Hakenson on being 4th runner-up: ‘I achieved more than the actual crown and title’

/ 01:21 PM October 28, 2020
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Miss Cavite Billie Hakenson. Image: Instagram/@billie.hakenson

Billie Hakenson may not be Miss Universe Philippines, but she certainly feels like a winner.

Miss Cavite 2020 described herself as “the happiest 4th runner-up” following the pageant held on Sunday, Oct. 25 in Baguio City.

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“I never expected to be part of the Top 5. And I’m still basking [in] elation with my achievements,” Hakenson said on Instagram yesterday, Oct. 28.

She shared pictures of her and two of the top 5 queens, Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo and Miss Bohol Pauline Amelinckx.

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“Of course, the crown was the goal. But I achieved more than the actual crown and title,” mused Hakenson. “I was heard, and people listened.”

The pixie-haired beauty stood out with her poise and sincerity during Q&A portions. In the preliminary interview, Hakenson proudly described herself as bisexual. During her opening statement in the finals, she revealed that she was a “survivor of gender-based abuse.”

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Hakenson also shared her love for Amelinckx and Mateo, who are her “sisters” in the beauty camp Aces & Queens.

She called Amelinckx her “sentimental Ms. Universe” and expressed support for her. “Of course my heart was broken because I know how amazing you would have been as our queen but I know you will have your moment. And I will be there to witness that.”

Meanwhile, she told Mateo that her “ates (sisters)” “will protect you and help you as best as we can throughout your journey.”

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The inaugural Miss Universe Philippines courted some controversy with allegations of cheating. Second runner-up Michele Gumabao, who represented Quezon City and is also under Aces and Queens, left ahead of the pageant screening. In a post-pageant statement she said, “I can handle defeat… I can’t handle the people asking me why why why.” JB

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