- Rabiya Mateo received a very warm welcome from dozens of Filipinos in a restaurant where she was invited to have lunch in her first public appearance since the Ms. U 2020 pageant night
- As the Ilongga beauty queen made her way to the restaurant, throngs of waited for her outside and began chanting her name
- Visibly overwhelmed by the support, she could only say “maraming salamat po talaga”
- Rabiya was an early favorite for the Ms Universe 2020 crown, however, she was not able to clinch a spot in the top ten
Rabiya Mateo might not have won the Miss Universe 2020 crown, but for many Filipinos, she is a winner.
The Ilongga beauty queen saw firsthand the outpouring of support and love when she accepted a lunch invitation to a restaurant in Florida in her first public appearance since the Ms Universe 2020 Pageant Night.
As she made her way from the parking lot to the restaurant, throngs of camera-toting Filipinos gave her a very warm welcome and chanted her name as she entered the establishment.
Visibly overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, she could only manage to reply with a sincere ‘thank you’ to the cheering crowd.
“Salamat po talaga! Salamat po!” Rabiya coyly said.
While being led to her table, the crowd inside the restaurant also chanted her name over and over again.
Rabiya was an early favorite during the early stages of the pageant, with her Instagram account ballooning to more than 1 million followers in the process.
The huge support, however, failed to carry her to the top ten, from where the winners from Fourth Runner-up to the Ms. Universe 2020, will be selected.
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 born November 14, 1996 to an Indian-American father and a Filipino mother who later separated.
After everyone realized that Philippines’ Ms. Universe 2020 candidate Rabiya Mateo did not make it to the Top 10 contenders for the crown, netizens began trooping to social media platforms. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and many other platforms were on fire with crying emojis. On Twitter, beauty queen MJ Lastimosa cried for Rabiya, posting several crying emojis. Many Pinoys also chose to express their support and love for Rabiya online.
After the pageant night, however, it seemed that Rabiya is taking everything in a stride. In a statement she made though a video with Miss Bolivia, she said that her experience in her Ms U journey was filled with excitement and happiness. She also said that she was able to forge friendships with many candidates from other countries. While she was not able to bring home the fifth Ms Universe crown, she was able to clinch a spot in the Top 21.
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