- Rabiya Mateo reposted the tweet of Catriona Gray, asking for prayers for her
- In the tweet of the 2018 Miss Universe, she called Rabiya as "our very own Ms Philippines"
- Previously, Catriona Gray excluded Rabiya in her list of "Top 6 National Costume"
- The beauty queen was still very grateful and opted to repost Cat's tweet
Rabiya Mateo reposted the tweet of Catriona Gray in her Instagram Stories.
Cat's tweet was:
"Friends! Let's send prayers up for our very own Ms. Philippines #RabiyaMateo tonight as she prepares for hte Closed Door Interview and National Costume show for @MissUniverse happening in the next 24hrs! #AribaRabiya"
Previously, Catriona tweeted her top six national costume contenders and Rabiya was not one of them.
Later, the beauty queen defended her tweet or stance and stated that the national costumes were expressions of identity of a nation and the celebration of the country's culture.
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.
Ogie Diaz, in his latest vlog, weighed in on the controversy involving Catriona Gray and Rabiya Mateo. Catriona received criticism after she did not express her support for the country's Miss Universe candidate, Rabiya, comparing the support Pia Wurtzbach gave the latter. Cat responded that she is a Filipina and a Miss Universe and that the pageant is a celebration of women. The comedian and talent manager then echoed the sentiments of Catriona in her reply to all the bashing.
Rabiya Mateo took to Instagram and affirmed that she is indeed a fan of Thai actor Mario Maurer. This came about after Kim Atienza addressed Maurer and said that the beauty queen is not a fan of his. Kim said that it is Kakai who is a fan of the Thai actor but she was treated badly by his PR team. The beauty queen then reposted a photo of Maurer and said that she was fangirling.
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