Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Top 52: Rabiya Mateo

16 Feb 2020 | Camilla Suarez

Rabiya Mateo has become the official representative of Iloilo City for Miss Universe Philippines 2020 after she was confirmed at the red-carpet presentation held yesterday in Manila. The first edition of Miss Universe Philippines i.e. Miss Universe Philippines 2020 is all set to host its coronation on 3rd May 2020 in Mall of Asia Arena, Bay City, Pasay, Metro Manila. Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Gazini Ganados will crown her successor at the end of the finale.

Rabiya, whose name means “princess or queen”, stands 170 cm tall and hails from Balasan, Iloilo. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the Iloilo Doctors College. She now works at SRG Manila Review Center as Review Coordinator and Lecturer.



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Rabiya was crowned as Miss Iloilo Universe 2020 at the West Visayas State University Cultural Center. “If I were to be crowned tonight, it will be such an honor to bring to the global community our very own hablon which represents dedication, hard work and creative side of every Ilonggo. Aside from that, I want to show to the world that I am a queen today because of my province and with that being said, I want to prove to everyone that I am a true Ilongga with a heartfelt beauty,” Mateo said during the question and answer portion. Mateo was also declared “Best in Talent” in the finale.

When it comes to her intended cause, Rabiya is a staunch advocate of education. She believes that it is the solid way to a better and successful future. “As an educator, I want people to see education the way that I see it – a golden ticket to success. Knowledge is and always will be power, wherever you are, whoever you’re with. If you are knowledgeable you will excel and become successful,” the diva said.



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It is sure that Rabiya will be a strong contender as her motive too is firmed and with that, the diva can surely reach heights. She is a strong-willed girl and with her charming personality, she can easily impress the judges. We give our best wishes to the diva!

The Miss Universe franchise in the Philippines, previously held by Binibining Pilipinas, was granted to Miss Universe Philippines organization which is headed by national director Shamcey Supsup-Lee. As a separate organization Miss Universe Philippines will encourage Filipina women to become empowered individuals, who also embody the mission of being agents of meaningful change wherever they are.