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IN PHOTOS: Rabiya Mateo, other gorgeous ladies of 69th Miss Universe shine at pre-pageant activities

By CHUCK SMITH Published May 12, 2021 6:54 pm

Apart from preparing for the live show on May 16 (May 17, Philippine time), the 74 contestants of the 69th Miss Universe pageant also have to participate in a number of pre-pageant activities. But even if they are not on the pageant stage, they still have to look their best—as can be seen in their photos as they tour and explore the surroundings of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, where the pageant is being held.

Among their pre-pageant activities is a visit to Smile Train, an international children’s charity that provides free cleft repair surgery for children globally.

They also visited a number of establishments in the vicinity in between their rehearsals—while wearing face masks, of course.

Rabiya Mateo, the Philippines’ delegate to the 69th Miss Universe pageant, is, of course, included in these visits, bonding with fellow contestants such as Miss USA Asya Branch and Miss India Adline Castelino, among others. Here are photos of Rabiya Mateo and the other Miss Universe contestants during their pre-pageant activities:

Rabiya Mateo, Miss Universe Philippines 2020, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida to support Smile Train, an international children’s charity on May 10, 2021. Photos by ©IMG Universe LLC/BENJAMIN ASKINAS 

Amanda Obdam, Miss Universe Thailand 2020.
Nova Stevens, Miss Universe Canada 2020 
Laura Victoria Olascuaga, Miss Universe Colombia 2020
(Left) Asya Branch, Miss USA 2020, and (right) Zozibini Tunzi, Miss Universe 2019, at Brio Italian Grille in Hollywood, FL on May 10, 2021. The Miss Universe delegates are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown before the show airs live on Monday, May 17, Philippine time.

Adline Castelino, Miss Universe India 2020
(From left) Amanda Obdam, Miss Universe Thailand 2020; Adline Castelino, Miss Universe India 2020; Hari Park, Miss Universe Korea 2020; and Thuzar Wint Lwin, Miss Universe Myanmar 2020.
(From left) Mariangel Villasmil, Miss Universe Venezuela 2020; Andrea Martínez, Miss Universe Spain 2020; Francisca Luhong James, Miss Universe Malaysia 2020; and Alina Sanko, Miss Universe Russia 2020.
(From left) Vanessa Velásquez, Miss Universe El Salvador; Rabiya Mateo, Miss Universe Philippines; Natalia Piguła, Miss Universe Poland; Amandine Petit, Miss Universe France;  Helen Hernandez, Miss Universe Aruba;  Asya Branch, Miss USA; Kamila Serikbai, Miss Universe Kazakhstan; Chelsea Tayui, Miss Universe Ghana; Radinela Chusheva, Miss Universe Bulgaria; Adline Castelino, Miss Universe India; Tehila Levi, Miss Universe Israel; Lenka Nemer, Miss Universe Bolivia; and Ivonne Cerdas, Miss Universe Costa Rica. 

Banner photo by ©IMG Universe LLC/BENJAMIN ASKINAS