Reigning Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo had her final walk and gave one last message as the reigning queen at the MUPH 2021 coronation night.
The 24-year-old from Iloilo City shared her heartfelt message to her supporters and mentors on Thursday, Sept. 30 at Hennan Resort Alona Beach, Bohol.
"It was October 25, 2020, and I remember everything that happened on that day.
"It was a mix of emotions. I was very happy, but at the same time, since it's a pandemic, I didn't actually have that actual crowning moment. But I think it's a good thing also 'cause you don't want me to see my ugly cry. And actually I remember when I called my mom and my words were, "We made it together. We won the Miss Universe Philippines.
"It's not just Iloilo City that I'm representing, it's the whole country. And of course there's pressure added to it, but I am very grateful and thankful to all the people who believed in me, to all the people who were there since day one, helping me with my training, seeing the potential in me.
"But I also am thankful to those people who lifted my spirit during the moments in which I feel like I wasn't good enough.
"I had a lot of experiences and in the span of one year, I've been into different things. I had a lot of struggles, a lot of challenges, but I can say that it made me a mature woman right now. It made me realize to be more grateful for what I have, and bad things don't last in life. I think we need to focus on those things that inspire us to be better.
"Everything is possible as long as you put your heart and your mind into it. And thank you so much for perceiving.
"I want to be remembered as somebody who gave her everything to make the Filipinos proud.
"I am Rabiya Mateo, Miss Universe Philippines 2020."
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