Rabiya Mateo slams overused word ‘resiliency,’ wants concrete solutions for typhoon victims

Published November 16, 2020, 12:53 PM

by Neil Patrick Nepomuceno

Miss Universe Philippine 2020 Rabiya Mateo

“Iba ‘pag may positive outlook but again, kailangan natin magkaroon ng tangible and visible solution.”

These were the sentiments expressed by the reigning Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo during an episode of “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” (KMJS) last Nov. 15.

“Yung resiliency, parang overused siya, to the point na sometimes we don’t look at the problems to find the solution and we just tell other people na all we need to do is to have a positive mindset and we’re gonna overcome this,” said Rabiya.

Mateo being interviewed by award-winning Kapuso broadcaster Jessica Soho at KMJS

“But where are the tangible programs to help the people being affected by such (a) situation? (typhoon). Iba ‘pag may positive outlook but again, kailangan natin magkaroon ng tangible and visible solution,” she said. “Hindi tayo magle-learn, hindi natin mapapa-buti yung community natin if puro resiliency na lang.”

In the same episode Rabiya talked about her quest to find her father.
Rabiya said that her father left their family at a very young age (around 5 – 6) and since then, the last known location of her father was in Chicago, USA with his new family.

Asked about the biggest storm she faced in life,  the beauty queen shared her experience when typhoon Yolanda slammed the country in Nov. 2013. Her home in Basan, Iloilo was destroyed by the weather disturbance, she said.

 
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