Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray has said that Miss Philippines Rabiya Mateo does not need to apologize to anyone following her performance at the national costume show of the 69th Miss Universe Competition ongoing in Hollywood, Florida.
“@rabiyamateo does not need to apologize!,” said Catriona. “She worked that stage and PER-FORMED.”
Catriona said that the national costume is a segment that celebrates culture and a country’s identity, although it has no bearing in the actual pageant.
“Kaya Laban lang Queen!,” Catriona said.
The Australian-Filipino beauty queen also applauded Rabiya for her effort of gracefully donning her national costume.
“20++ kgs but @rabiyamateo carried it with such strength,” she related. “If this is an insight to her level of performance, so excited for prelims!”
Filipino beauty queens also expressed support to Rabiya.
Among the comments:
Miss Grand International 2020 1st runner-up Samantha Bernardo: “Yes! You made us all proud! Congratulations Queen! Konti nalang @rabiyamateo Hingang malalim at laban ulit! 1M.”
Miss Universe Philippines 2020 2nd runner-up and Miss Globe Philippines 2018 Michele Gumabao: “Ganda.”
Miss World Philippines 2018 and Miss Intercontinental Philippines 2017 Katarina Rodriguez: “You were gorgeous.”
Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa: “You did so well, and we are so proud of you baby girl!! Bring home the crown!”
Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina: “Keep it up we are proud of you go go go!!!”
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach: “Rabiya malayo man kami pero sana nararamdaman mo support at pagmamahal naming lahat, ng buong Pilipinas. Next time tears of joy na tayong lahat.”
Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong: “You were amazing on that stage my dear. Di lang magpadala sa iban. Laban lang.”
Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa: “My langga laban na to bukassss AGGGHHHHHHHHH”
Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Johanna Datul: “Raise your flag our queen is arrived! mabuhay ang Pilipinas!”