- Rabiya Mateo vehemently denied rumors that she was the “other woman” in someone else’s life
- The Ilongga beauty queen said that it really hurt her when she heard some critics accuse her of being the “other woman” and a homewrecker
- She said that even if she lived most of her life in abject poverty, the thought about becoming such has never crossed her mind
- Rabiya revealed many of the details about her past that included experiencing being called a homewrecker
Rabiya Mateo recently allowed everyone a glimpse into her past during an interview with Boy Abunda, including experiencing being called the “other woman.”
Abunda asked her about the one issue that really affected and hurt her in her journey towards the Miss Universe pageant.
The Ilongga beauty queen said one issue that really hurt her is being called the “other woman.”
What made it more hurtful is some said, somewhat viciously, that it was the reason why she won as Miss Universe Philippines.
“There was this issue, a comment, saying that I was the "other woman." Parang ‘yun ‘yung pinakamasakit doon. Because I was raised by a single mother and lahat-lahat ng pinagdaanan ko, pinaghirapan ko ‘yon. And I have my moral values with me,” Rabiya said.
She said that she talked about the issue at length with her mom and also sought her mother’s advice.
“Pinag-usapan nga namin ni Mama yon, (sabi ko sa kanya) ‘You know naman what’s the real story and I would never do such a thing. Kahit naghirap tayo sa buhay, never natin ‘yon ginawa,” the Ilongga beauty queen said.
Despite the vicious issues, Rabiya still is thankful because it somehow made other people check out who she really was.
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“‘Yun din ‘yung isa sa mga reason kung bakit ako nakilala ng tao. That’s why they want to know my story, because of issues like that,” Rabiya said.
Rabiya Occeña Mateo is a model and beauty pageant title holder of Filipino and Indian-American ethnicity. She was born on November 14, 1996 to an Indian-American father and a Filipino mother. The name Rabiya meant a “princess” and a “queen” in Muslim. After her parents’ separation, her mother raised Rabiya and her brother, Alamgir “Mokmok” Mateo, on her own. Rabiya revealed she grew up in abject poverty, which she compensated by studying well, earning the academic distinction of ‘Third Honorable Mention’ upon graduation in high school and Latin honors upon her graduation from Iloilo Doctors College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. The Ilongga beauty queen is a licensed physical therapist. She was crowned Miss Universe Philippines in 2020 and represented the Philippines at the prestigious Miss Universe 2020 pageant, finishing as one of the Top 21 in the prestigious beauty pageant.
Christine Mateo, the mom of Rabiya, has aired her thoughts previously on the bashers of her daughter. One of the things that she pinpointed was during the national costume segment. She said that they did not know the sacrifices that Rabiya made. The concerned mother reiterated how the beauty queen's legs were wounded and how she needed to carry 21 kilos of costume.
Rabiya’s mom also shared how she felt when her daughter cried after the national costume segment. She said that as a mother, she felt the pain and the hurt that her daughter felt. She then said that bashers will always be there but she would always tell Rabiya to be thankful for all the blessings. The mom also said that she would just tell her daughter to keep pushing.
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