- Rabiya Mateo was a hot topic on Twitter after the release of her Miss Universe intro video
- The hashtags #AribaRabiya and #HalaBiRabiya were among the trending topics on the microblogging platform
- The Ilongga beauty queen is the Philippines’ representative to the global beauty pageant
- Her introduction video can be seen on the official Facebook page of the Miss Universe organization
Rabiya Mateo showed she has what it takes to win the hearts of people when her Miss Universe introduction video became one of the trending topics on the microblogging platform.
The hashtags #AribaRabiya and #HalaBiRabiya also gained ground with more than 16K tweets each.
In her introduction video, Rabiya showed her soft spot and love for education.
“I really had my humble beginnings and education had transformed my life,” the Miss Universe contender said.
She was born to an Indian-American father and Filipino mother, who later parted ways.
The separation threw her family into poverty, though with Rabiya’s intelligence and her family’s meager means, she was able to enroll at Iloilo Doctor’s College where she graduated with Latin honors, taking home a degree of Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy.
Before the onset of the pandemic, Rabiya was working as a lecturer and review coordinator at the SRG Manila Review Center.
In the video, she expressed her hope that the youth would value education in the same manner that she does.
“I live in the country with a lot of poor families and education is our social equalizer. That regardless of what background we have, what status of your family if you educate yourself you will be able to land a great job,” Rabiya said.
Rabiya Occeña Mateo is an Indian-Filipino model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe Philippines in 2020. She is set to represent the Philippines at the Miss Universe 2020 pageant, which will be held on May 16, 2021 in Florida. Rabiya was born on November 14, 1996 to an Indian-American father and a Filipino mother who later separated.
Last month, Rabiya shared a glimpse of her signature walk called "Halabira Walk." She showed it in a couple of videos posted by ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo who recently did a coverage on Rabiya’s preparation for Miss Universe pageant in May. Netizens then could not help commending the current Miss Universe Philippines title-holder’s stunning walk. The beauty queen from Iloilo named her walk "Halabira Walk" to pay tribute to her hometown’s Dinagyang Festival.
Yesterday, Rabiya also showed that she's not afraid to show her face without a make up. In an Instagram post, the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 showed her bare face to the people. Oftentimes, her photos would portray her with make up and dressed to the bone. She also shared a message about those who are fond to judge someone through their appearance.
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