Rabiya Mateo, hindi pinalad na mapabilang sa Top 10 ng Ms U; suporta at pagmamahal ng mga Pinoy bumuhos
- Philippines’ Ms. Universe 2020 candidate Rabiya Mateo did not make it to the Top 10 contenders for the crown
- Social media was on fire with crying emojis, with beauty queen MJ Lastimosa among those who cried for Rabiya
- As reality set in, many Pinoys chose to express their support and love for Rabiya online
- The Miss Universe 2020 was supposed to be held last year but because of the pandemic, it was moved to 2021
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Rabiya Mateo did not make it to the Top 10 contenders for the Miss Universe 2020 crown.
While the Philippines’ representative to the prestigious beauty pageant is among the early favorites, such sentiment did not translate to enough votes that would propel her to the magic 10.
Candidates lucky enough to make it to the magic number were from Jamaica, Dominican Republic, India, Peru, Australia, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Brazil.
Former Miss Universe 2015 titleholder Pia Wurtzbach, after recovering from the initial shock, she expressed her love and gratitude to Rabiya in a tweet, calling the latter “Queen.”
“Rabiya we love you! Thank you for pouring your heart for the Philippines. We see your heart Queen!” Pia tweeted.
Beauty queen MJ Lastimosa, who went to Florida with Rabiya for the pageant, expressed her dismay in a post that shouted Rabiya’s name in uppercase accompanied with 19 crying emojis.
Despite what happened, Rabiya is still a winner with the huge outpouring of support and love that many Pinoys manifested online.
It is unclear what’s in store now for Rabiya, though with more than a million followers on Instagram, she’s sure going to have a great future.
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Rabiya Occeña Mateo is an Indian-Filipino model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe Philippines in 2020. She represented the Philippines at the Miss Universe 2020 pageant, held on May 16, 2021 in Florida. Rabiya was born on born November 14, 1996 to an Indian-American father and a Filipino mother who later separated.
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A few days ago, Rabiya proved she’s got what it takes when her Instagram followers ballooned to more than one million as of Friday, making her the most followed candidate of Miss Universe 2020. She is the first candidate in this year’s beauty pageant to have amassed such huge following on the particular social media platform. Recently, Rabiya earned praises and respect from her fellow Filipinos, as well as many other people around the world, upon learning that her national costume weighed around 21 kilos and she carried it with grace.
Her popularity on social media proved too juicy for some posers who started presenting themselves as Rabiya on social media platforms like Twitter. There is an account on the said micro-blogging platform claiming as the official Twitter account of Rabiya Mateo. However, the beauty queen stated that she has no Twitter account. Rabiya declared this to MJ Lastimosa, who is one of her biggest supporters, who went with the whole Miss U crew. She categorically said, “wala akong Twitter.”
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