‘I was heard, and people listened,’ says Billie Hakenson on her Miss Universe PH journey

Published October 29, 2020, 4:33 PM

by Richa Noriega

Miss Cavite Kimberly “Billie” Hakenson expressed her happiness on social media after winning 4th runner up honors in this year’s Miss Universe Philippines pageant.

Miss Cavite Kimberly “Billie” Hakenson

The beauty queen has shared a photo of herself smiling and hanging out with Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo and Miss Bohol Pauline Amelinckx on Instagram, Tuesday.

“The happiest 4th RU. That’s me. I never expected to be part of the Top 5. And I’m still basking (with) elation (on) my achievements. Of course, the crown was the goal,” she wrote.


 “But I achieved more than the actual crown and title. I was heard, and people listened,” she added.

Hakenson has shared a heartfelt message to Amelinckx, the 3rd runner up and for her the “sentimental Ms. Universe.”

 “We’ve been together since the press presentation and to our ‘iyak sayaw’ 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.

The beauty queen also assured the new Miss Universe Philippines that her “ates” will protect and help her throughout her journey.

“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,” Hakenson told Mateo.

Hakenson caught the public’s attention after she revealed during the preliminary interviews of the pageant that she is bisexual.

Rabiya Mateo, from Iloilo City, was crowned the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 held in Baguio City last Sunday.

First runner-up honors went to Ysabella Ysmael, Paranaque. Second runner-up was Michele Gumabao, Quezon City; Pauline Amelinckx, Bohol, 3rd runner-up; and Kimberly Hakenson, Cavite, 4th runner-up.