Ilonggos urged to support Rabiya Mateo’s bid for Miss Universe

Published April 14, 2021, 7:07 AM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY—The people in the city and province of Iloilo are urged to support Rabiya Occeña Mateo as she tries to bring home the Miss Universe crown for the Philippines.

“To all Ilonggos, let us support Rabiya Mateo,” urged Mayor Jerry Treñas of Iloilo City.

Treñas rallied Ilonggos after the 24-year-old Ilongga arrived in Los Angeles over the weekend to prepare for the 69th Miss Universe pageant that will be held in Florida on May 16.

“Let us pray for her and show her support in whatever form. She is representing the Philippines, but she’s a Miss Iloilo.  No matter how far she will go [in this pageant], she brings pride to Iloilo.

Mateo is a native of Balasan, a town in northern Iloilo province. But she represented Iloilo City at the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 contest after winning the crown as Miss Iloilo 2020 last January 2020 as part of the Dinagyang Festival.

With Mateo’s win in the national pageant, the local governments of Iloilo City, Balasan town and Iloilo province  honored her with various official commendations.

During her homecoming last November 2020, Mateo assured to be the ambassadress of the city and province of Iloilo.