Rabiya Mateo Biography
Rabiya Mateo of Iloilo City was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2020 on Sunday, October 25th. The pageant was held at the Baguio Country Club in Baguio City without a live audience. Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Gazini Ganados crowned Mateo.
The other winners were 1st Runner-Up Maria Ysabella Ysmael of Parañaque City, 2nd Runner-Up Michele Gumabao of Quezon City; 3rd Runner-Up Pauline Amelinckx of Bohol; and 4th Runner-Up Billie Hakenson of Cavite.
Rabiya Mateo Education
She was working as a physical therapy lecturer. She has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the Iloilo Doctors College, having graduated Cum Laude.
Speaking about her graduation. she said my graduation day was the greatest payback as I formally received my Latin honours. I want every poor child to experience such a thing. With proper knowledge of the things around you, of your purpose in life, and of what you are fighting for, you are going beyond being educated. You become empowered and able to empower others.”
Rabiya Mateo Miss Universe Philippines 2020
Mateo was one of more than 40 participants in the Miss Universe Philippines pageant. In her Miss Universe Philippines 2020 preliminary interview, Mateo opened up about being from a broken family but how he does not hold any bitterness towards her Indian father, who left her and her mother.
In a post on her unverified Instagram, she wrote about her father, saying: “I will push myself to a new and greater limit every single day so that when the time comes and we meet again, you will tell everyone how proud you are that I’m your daughter and who knows, when that day comes I might be a doctor like you.”
In a video for Miss Universe Philippines, she said: “I myself came from a really poor family, with my mom who solely endured from everything just to support and provide for us.
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This is the first time that I’m going to post some photos of my Dad. We were not together for a very long time and I almost forgot how you look like. Good thing my Aunt had saved some of our photos together and I will be honest that I got teary eyes the moment I saw them. Mokmok is like a xerox copy of yours. You guys have the same color, the features, and the hairline🤣😂😅. I became a strong independent woman today because of the situation that happened in the past but I never blamed you for it. I will continue to be a breadwinner to our family, a good daughter to Mama, and a good role model to Mokmok. I will push myself to a new and greater limit every single day so that when the time comes and we meet again, you will tell everyone how proud you are that I’m your daughter and who knows, when that day comes I might be a doctor like you. I pray that wherever you are, you’re surrounded by people who love you and take good care of you. I hope you still think about me because I always think about you. Happy Father’s Daddy and I miss you so much. ❤️ PS, I grew up to be a happy person even I have that RBF(resting baby face) back then.😂🤣😅
Rabiya Mateo Charity Work
Mateo is also passionate about charity work and uplifting the poor in her community. She has been doing charity work during the Covid-19 pandemic. She posted an image on Instagram where she is seen repacking donations for the residents of Brgy. Nabitasan, Lapaz, Iloilo City.
In another picture, she shows meals that were prepared for front line workers. “It’s really devastating to hear that during this COVID-19 crisis some Ilonggos had lost their homes earlier this morning around 2 am due to fire incident that occurred in Brgy. Ortiz, City Proper. We are praying for everyone’s safety and mental peace in this most difficult moment,” she wrote.
Rabiya Mateo Instagram
On Instagram, she goes by the handle @rabiyamateo.
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