- Rabiya Mateo got criticized by some netizens for allegedly being a diva and having an unfair advantage over the other beauty queens at the recent Miss Universe Philippines 2020 pageant
- Some of her friends and acquaintances back in college have attested to the beauty queen’s simplicity and authenticity
- Nelly Caballes shared a screenshot of her surprising and inspiring past conversation with Rabiya
- Rabiya was asking Nelly if she could give her a part-time job so that she could save money for her board examination, based on the said screenshot
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Rabiya Mateo was accused by some netizens of being a diva and having an unfair advantage over the other beauty queens at the recent Miss Universe Philippines 2020 pageant.
KAMI learned that some of her friends and acquaintances back in college have attested to the beauty queen’s simplicity and authenticity.
One of them is Nelly Caballes, who shared a screenshot of her past conversation with Rabiya. In the said screenshot, Rabiya was asking Nelly if she could give her a part-time job so that she could save money for her board examination.
“Ate nelly baka may mga raket ka diyan for Laboracay. Mga march to first week of may pwedeng pwede ako ha??? Need ko mag save para sa board exam,” Rabiya asked during their conversation in 2018.
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The son of the owner of the boarding house where Rabiya used to live back in college also expressed his support for her.
Ramon Muñez revealed that Rabiya did not have much money back then and she lived an extremely simple lifestyle.
“Years ago, she stayed at our boarding house for less than a semester while she was studying at Iloilo Doctor’s College. She did not have money to pay for the rent.
“She slept on the floor. Her roommates gave her a 'banig' so she would have something to sleep on.
“My mom asked her if she’ll be okay, and she said she’ll be fine.
“Through hard work, perseverance, and sheer grit, she graduated cumlaude and now, the 2020 Miss Universe Philippines. Congratulations Rabiya Mateo! We’re proud of you,” Ramon said.
Her former classmate and roommate, Kryszia Tanalgo, also posted to support Rabiya and shared Ramon’s post about her.
“this was the time she's having a problem with her previous boarding house with rent issue. She was near being kicked out so I asked her if she wants to transfer in our BH with less cheaper rent fee and she did. She transferred hastily one afternoon near dark with all her clothes, just clothes, so we lent her the banig and pillow for temporary use so she could sleep with something that night.
“Tita Cecil and Tita Neng are checking on her if she's okay with the banig for the meantime and she said yes. She struggled so much to reach where she was right now. Joggling between her studies and modelling career at the same time, she did it. She made it. I know, we know as her boardmates she deserved more good things in life. As her roommate and classmate, her efforts and perseverance when studying before pays off with her current success. We are very happy for her victory,” Kryszia shared.
Rabiya Mateo became well-known in the country after she won the Miss Universe Philippines 2020. Although she got accused by some netizens of being a diva and having an unfair advantage during the pageant, many people have defended her character.
The Miss Universe Philippines 2020 pageant has become controversial due to allegations of cheating. Miss Davao Alaiza Malinao defended the winner, Rabiya Mateo, saying that the cheating allegations against her are untrue.
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is also one of the high-profile celebrities who expressed their support for Rabiya. The famous beauty queen supported Rabiya by welcoming her to the “sisterhood.”
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