Billie Hakenson on Miss Universe PH run: 'I was heard, and people listened'

Miss Universe Philippines 2020 contender Billie Hakenson may not have won the crown, but she is celebrating anyway, saying that she achieved more than just winning the title.

In an Instagram post on October 27, Billie said she was "the happiest 4th runner-up," and said that she never expected to make it to the pageant's top 5.

"I'm still basking elation with my achievements," she said. "Of course, the crown was the goal. But I achieved more than the actual crown and title. I was heard, and people listened."

She also addressed her fellow Miss Universe contestants Pauline Amelincx, and Rabiya Mateo, who was named the winner of the pageant. The 3 of them had been in the same pageant camp, Aces and Queens.

Tagging Pauline, she said, "We’ve been together since the press presentation and to our 'iyak sayaw (cry dance)' moment during the actual crowning of winners."

"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," she said.

Addressing Rabiya, she said, "I appreciate the talk that we had, as well as the sincerity and honesty you showed during that said talk. I assure you that your ates (a.k.a. Queen's court) will protect you and help you as best as we can throughout your journey. You are my Queen, we are your court.⁣"

Billie became a fan favorite when she said, matter-of-factly, that she was bisexual during the pageant's preliminary interviews held in Baguio City.

She also made waves for her answer at the pageant's Top 16 Q&A round during the finals night held on October 25, when she said she wanted to empower survivors of gender-based violence.

"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. – Rappler.com