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What prizes will Rabiya Mateo receive as Miss Universe Philippines 2020?

By CAMILLE SANTIAGO Published Oct 27, 2020 1:34 am Updated Oct 27, 2020 6:09 am

Miss Iloilo Rabiya Mateo is Miss Universe Philippines 2020 and she’s going home with more than just a title, as prizes in cash and in kind await her.

Though the complete list hasn't yet been revealed to the public, the Miss Universe Philipines winner sure gets big perks. What we know so far is it includes a big prize money, the coveted MUP title, and a job with the Miss Universe Philippines Organization as an ambassador, and more.

Below are other things Mateo will receive during her reign as Miss Universe Philippines 2020.

The official MUP 2020 crown

For starters, Mateo will wear the Filipina crown desgined by Villarica Pawnshop. The crown, valued at ₱5 million, is made with golden South Sea pearls and designed with gems such as sapphire, ruby, and topaz, which "embody the flag for the most phenomenal woman."

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In the Philippines, Meycauayan, Bulacan is renowned as the center of world-class craftsmanship in fine jewelry-making. It is also home to the Villarica Family, owners of the Villarica Pawnshop chain. We are very grateful to them for stepping up to the challenge of creating this masterpiece. More than their expertise on gems and jewelry, they provided us with valuable insights on the significance of precious stones and what each one represents. These gems are emblems of dreams, ambition, happiness, pride, self-worth, and empowerment. Having a point-of-view as informed as theirs allowed them to make a crown that truly looks and feels special. This is another major contribution to the cause of Women Empowerment from the same group founded by an empowered Filipina— a group that, until today, continues to place their belief in maintaining an all-female staff. #PhenomenalWoman #Filipina #MissUniversePhilippines2020 #MissUniversePhilippines #villarica

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The biggest cash prize

Aside from the Filipina crown, MUP 2020 Rabiya Mateo will receive monetary prize, "the biggest cash prize in history of Philippine pageantry," according the Miss Universe Philippines Organization (MUPO) on social media. While the amount hasn't been disclosed yet, we can assume it's more than P1.6 million, which is what Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray received when she was Binibining Pilipinas.

Dream job of a lifetime

During the course of the pageant, Mateo will be entitled to a series of photo shoots, press appearances, events, cultural exposures, and trainings, she will also be able to use the MUP platform to help raise awareness for charitable causes such as youth empowerment through education, her chosen advocacy.

The newly-crowned beauty queen will also be able to represent and promote the country when she joins the rest of the beauty queens around the world for Miss Universe 2020 and will be compensated for the job. "You will get all those experiences while potentially earning an income during the course of the pageant," wrote MUP on social media.

A chauffeured brand-new car

Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo will take home a brand new MG ZS Alpha courtesy of MG Philippines. In a statement, Alberto B. Arcilla, president and CEO of MG Philippines said, “MG Philippines has always been on the lookout for exciting partnerships that can project our brand values and show the utility and versatility of our vehicles. In the past, we successfully teamed up with art and lifestyle festivals, top musical talents, and also with prestigious local and international sports events and organizations.”

He also added, “This partnership with Miss Universe Philippines is the latest on our list of prestigious and extraordinary collaborations. It allows us to introduce our products nationwide to all the cities represented by the candidates.”

An apartment and her own team

What's different this year is that the new Miss Universe Philippines will also be given an apartment. According to MUPO, "she will have her own apartment, car, driver, personal assistant, and personal stylist."

Previous years’ prizes

In 2018, Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and her court took home a P500,000 worth of management contract from BPCI; one year ambassadorship contract with Cream Silk; 500,000 worth of Dairy Queen endorsement contract that includes a TV commercial; complete set of wardrobe from BPCI; full scholarship training from Dale Carnegie; 18 months of salon services and gym membership; personal accident insurance; 25,000 cash and 25,000 worth of Ever Bilena products.

Additionaly, Gray also had a 500,000 worth of Pizza Hut endorsement contract, including a TV feature.

In 2017, Binibining Pilipinas Universe Rachel Peters went home with ₱500,000 worth of contract from Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI); ₱500,000 worth of endorsement contract; complete wardrobe sponsorship from BPCI; insurance; 18 months of salon sponsorship; 18 months of gym membership; a full scholarship; and an exclusive brand ambassadorship contract with PLDT.

Banner image from Miss Universe Philippines and Rabiya Mateo's Instagram (@themissuniverseofficial, @rabiyamateo) and Pexels