IF this bit of news will make her non-fans and critics alike any happier, there's no more joining Miss Universe Philippines for Herlene Budol next year.The once-called Hipon Girl has realized — albeit late — it's only she who's forcing her way through beauty pageants.Save for her erstwhile mentor-manager Wilbert Tolentino, Herlene — for all her sheer candor — has openly admitted, 'I've come to realize that it's not where I'm destined to be!'She hastened to add that joining three pageants (one local, Mutya ng Angono) and two national) was already good enough.Herlene finished first runner-up in the Binibining Pilipinas last year, and was crowned Miss Tourism Philippines in the Miss Grand Philippines.'I'm over and done with. There won't be any next national pageant,' she said with finality.It will be remembered that months back, Herlene was toying with the idea of trying her luck at the MUP saying, 'I'm only 23 years old so I'm within the age requirement.'The actress-comedienne was all the more hell-bent in her pursuit as she bragged about taking tutorial lessons in English to prepare herself for the nerve-wracking Q & A portion.'I'm sure by then my oral communication skills will have improved a lot,' I recall Herlene having said.So, if it's totally goodbye to beauty pageants for the Angono girl, what alternative career path does she intend to tread?Seemingly confident, she jested, 'I'll just pursue modeling. At least, I don't have to worry about the Q&A stuff anymore!'While she has put pageantry all behind her, Herlene is not about to turn her back on the one person who had made it all possible: Wilbert.To say the least, Wilbert's official resignation as her manager on July 31 broke Herlene's heart. On his Facebook account, Wilbert cited family and health issues as grounds for disengaging himself as Herlene's manager.On the verge of tears, Herlene acknowledged the efforts of Wilbert (who she calls Mima) to get to where she is today.'I now have a house, a car, several endorsements, a showbiz career, bank savings, yes, a better life now than I had before all because of him. In short, there would have been no Herlene Budol if there was no Wilbert Tolentino!'Herlene likewise disproved speculations that her having become a swellhead was Wilbert's reason for ditching her.In fact, 'Despite what happened, Mima assured me he's just one call away if I need help. For that, I love him so much!'* * *GUESS WHO? This former matinee idol (FMI) doesn't move around without his uniformed bodyguard (UB) in tow.What's appalling though is that this omnipresent UB thinks he's also a popular celebrity himself.Once the FMI made TV rounds to promote his latest action-packed series. It was his brash UB who approached a program staffer who demanded that his boss' guesting come in the early part of the show: 'We're such in a hurry. Anyway, he'll just promote, and out we go!'The staffer, however, gave the UB no assurance since it was the director's call. He then told the actor's UB to wait until he spoke to the director.'What's your position here?' the miffed UB asked as he fixed his uniform with a patina of dominance. 'Know what? You don't make my boss wait!'No wonder, the FMI is lagging behind his contemporary actor from a rival network.