MUKHANG hindi makukuha ni Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo ang solid na boto ng kababayan niyang Pinoy sa Singapore dahil malapit sa Filipino community si Miss Universe Singapore Bernadette Belle Ong.
Suportado kasi ng Filipino community sa Singapore si Bernadette dahil nalamang ipinanganak siya sa Pilipinas at tumira ng 10 years kaya matatas siyang magsalita ng Tagalog. Bukod dito ay inamin din ng dalaga sa pahayam niya sa Rise and Shine Pilipinas ng PTV na ang Pinoy komunidad sa bansa nila ang nagtulak sa kanyang sumali sa Miss Universe 2020.
Wala kaming statistic record kung ilan ang saktong Pinoy na nasa Singapore pero siyempre iba pa rin kung solid ang mga kababayan ni Rabiya na suportahan siya sa nalalapit na grand coronation night ng Miss Universe 2020 na gaganapin sa Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida sa Mayo 16 (Mayo 17 ng umaga sa Pilipinas).
Anyway, kahit pressured ang ating kandidata ay hindi niya ito binibigyang pansin bagkus ay mas lalo niyang mino-motivate ang sarili para sa nalalapit niyang malaking laban para sa bansang minamahal.
Kuwento ng dalaga sa isang online event, ”Definitely. I know every Miss Philippines has been in this position and I would always remind myself that this is an opportunity for me to show who I am as Rabiya and not as a copycat of somebody else.
“I wouldn’t allow myself to be into a mold of somebody who is not me. And the pressure is there simply because Philippines is a pageant-loving country and we really want to win. I want to win, you know, I want to make you all proud.
“At the end of the day, we need to realize that it’s also about destiny. And I know in myself I did my part as a candidate.
“I worked really hard. I sweat, I cried a lot of tears just to be the phenomenal woman that I can be to represent our country.
”As of the moment, what I’ve been thinking is that I need to enjoy this journey. The pressure is there but I’m a very competitive person.
“It gives me that motivation that, ‘Okay, there’s still progress.’ Even to the last day, I can still do something to improve myself and to bring home the crown.”
Paano naman ang ginagawa niyang preparasyon para sa nalalapit na big night? ”I’ve been preparing really hard. I arrived here in the U.S. around April 9, and almost every day I’ve been pouring my heart, I’ve been doing anything and everything that I could in preparation for Miss Universe.”
“It’s been a crazy journey, I will be honest. And I realized that when you are being in that position or when you’re being tested, you get to know yourself better.
“So during this time, it’s not just about having that great walk or great body or even trying to improve on how I speak, but it’s more of learning how beautiful life is, you know.
“Because that’s when you’re gonna have the wisdom when you speak to the public. And that makes you relatable as a person. So now, I’m really doing my best to be involved as much as I can, in our community.”
Pinasalamatan ni Rabiya ang glam team na nasa tabi niya at ginagawa ang lahat para maiuwi ang 2020 Miss Universe crown.
“To be completely honest, we had a lot of plans. They were planning to give me photoshoots with big names in the industry. They were also planning to have a grand media conference but we need to take several steps behind because they want to protect me.
“They really want to ensure that my health comes first. That’s why we decided to be here in the U.S. earlier than expected but what I love about my organization is that they helped me in the best way possible.
“They provide everything for me and it means a lot, you know, to have that bunch of people who supports you, who really wants you to win.
“It really motivates me. And now, things are done virtually, even my trainings. But these are the people that, you know, I don’t even pay them.
“They get nothing from me but their heart is to serve and they are doing this also for the love of our country. It really gives me the motivation to really do my assignment well, to make the Filipinos proud,” pahayag ni Miss Philippines, Rabiya Mateo.
ni Reggee Bonoan