In Claire Lacanilao’s report on “24 Oras” on Tuesday, Herlene was seen tearing up during a livestream with her co-stars.
"Sa lahat ng sumusuporta sa 'kin, salamat ha," Herlene said. "Sa mga may ayaw sa 'kin, salamat pa din ha."
Herlene also called the project a big blessing.
“Sobrang saya ko, Lord. Thank you so much," she said. “Naiyak ako kasi na-overwhelmed nga po ako sa nangyari ang ganda ng pagkakataon, sobrang tiyempong-tiyempo na nanalo ka na, napanuod mo pa, sumuporta pa sa’yo yung mga taong imposibleng sumuporta sa’yo."
“At saka grabe yung iyak ko noon kasi parang double victory nga yung naramdaman ko kahapon,” she added.
On top of the series, Herlene is also an official candidate for this year’s Miss Grand Philippines.
It is Herlene's second stab at beauty pageants, after becoming a first runner-up in Binibining Pilipinas 2022, where she also won seven special awards.
She was set to compete in her first international pageant, Miss Planet International in 2022, but withdrew “[due] to uncertainties by the organizers.” The candidates were not treated well, she said. —Carby Basina/JCB, GMA Integrated News