The 24-year-old from Balasan, Iloilo wowed the judges with her wit and intelligence as she answered all the questions gracefully even under pressure.
“If you will create a paper currency with the image of any Filipino on it, dead or alive, who will it be and why?”
Mateo, now, Miss Universe Philippines 2020 answered, “If I will be given the chance, I will use the face of Miriam Defensor Santiago. For those who don’t know, she was an Ilongga, but what I admired about her is that she used her knowledge, her voice to serve the country And I want to be somebody like her, somebody who puts her heart, her passion into action. And after all, she is the best president we never had.”
For the final question, the contestants were asked:
“This pandemic has made clear our priorities, essentials, or non-essential. Where do pageants stand in this time of crisis?”
Then Rabiya answered “As a candidate, I know I am not just the face of Iloilo City but I am here carrying hope and as a symbol of light in the darkest times. And as of the moment, I want to help my community, I want to use my strength to make an impact and that is the essence of beauty pageants. It gives us the power to make a difference.”
Rabiya wins the Filipina crown worth almost 5 million pesos, a brand new MG Car, plus all exclusive and lucrative contracts as the ambassador of Olay PLDT, LAZADA, Cream Silk, and Downy. She will also be representing the Philippines at the international Miss Universe 2020 competition, which is slated for 2021.
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