Rabiya Mateo is back after three months in the US

Published July 14, 2021, 5:12 PM

by Jane Kingsu-Cheng

Our very own Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo is home, and the intimate homecoming was held today, July 14, at Hilton Manila.

“Finally, after three months of being in the US, I can finally say that I am home,” she starts off her speech. “To everybody who gave their time just to see me and welcome me home, maraming salamat po (thank you very much).”

“Being a representative during this time in the pandemic, it’s never easy. But I realized iba talaga pag ang Pilipino ang nagsuporta, kaya nagpapasalamat ako (It’s really different if Filipinos support you, that’s why I am grateful).” She also gave special thanks to former Miss Universe Philippines Shamcey Supsup, “Mama J” or Jonas Gaffud of Miss Philippines Inc., and to everyone who is part of the organization. “Maraming salamat sa suporta at sa paniniawala nyo sa amin (Thank you very much for the support and for believing in me). It wouldn’t be possible if not for the love and support that you have given me.”

Shamcey Supsup also went on stage to talk about the upcoming Miss Universe Philippines competition, but she thanked all their supporters first, “This homecoming press conference is a small gathering of those who have been supportive of the Miss Philippines organization from the very start. We certainly couldn’t have done this without your support. Your dedication to pageantry has uplifted the lives of many young women all over the country.”

She then moves on to talk about the upcoming Miss Universe Philippines (MUPh) competiton, “I am very happy to announce that this year’s theme for the MUPH 2021 pageant would be ‘Inspire you.’ A Miss Universe Philippines is a phenomenal woman because she has the ability to inspire others.” And this year’s three pillars are roots, transformation, and charity.

“Inspired by your roots, the MUPh’s associated partners’ program ensures that as many cities and provinces throughout the country are well represented. Join us as we take a deep dive into the interesting and moving parts of our cultures revealed to the eyes of our contestants. Inspiring transformations with the world renowned experience of the key members of the Miss Universe organizations in bringing out the best in a Filipina. The goal is to find their unique best self that should also move other people to seek their best selves. And lastly, inspiring charity. It doesn’t matter whether its big or small. Doing something good that can be sustainable should also inspire others to do the same.”

Good luck to this year’s contestants!