Rabiya Mateo wears Pia Wurtzbach's earrings at this Miss Universe 2020 event

by Nikko Tuazon
May 14, 2021
Rabiya Mateo, Pia Wurtzbach
Rabiya Mateo (left) wearing the earrings she borrowed from Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach (right) during the preliminary interviews of the Miss Universe 2020 pageant on Thursday, May 13, 2021 (May 14 in the Philippines).
PHOTO/S: @quijano_jan on Instagram / Courtesy of Miss Universe Organization

Rabiya Mateo wore the earrings she borrowed from Pia Wurtzbach to the preliminary interviews held earlier today (May 14 in the Philippines) at the Seminole Hard Rock & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.+

This was according to celebrity make-up artist Jan Quijano, who spotted the Philippine beauty queen before entering the closed-door venue.

Pia's earrings are Rabiya's "agimat" or good-luck charm.

In a previous interview, Rabiya said, "And Miss Pia is so... she's so kind. Pinahiram niya sa akin yung earrings na ginamit niya during Miss Universe. So parang yun yung agimat na dala-dala ko ngayon."

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rabiya's ALL-WHITE OOTD

Rabiya stood out at the preliminary interviews garbed in white suit with the word "Pinay" emblazoned in Philippine flag colors at the back of her pearl-embellished outfit.

The immaculate suit was made by the Iloilo-based fashion designer Ram Silva.

In an Instagram post on May 14, 2021, Ram shared the inspiration behind his creation, "My love for my country, for the Philippines—inspires me.

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"The dress represents my admiration for Philippines it also epitomizes my utmost respect for Filipino women and our motherland.

"For me, this dress shows how courageous Filipino women are. The colors were inspired by the Philippine flag.

"The blue in PINAY symbolizes peace, truth, and justice.

"The red stands for patriotism and valor. At the same time, the yellow represents liberty.

"My art is a form of silent protest, my art is my voice and through this dress I was able to convey a message to the world.

"PINAY KA HINDI PINAY LANG. Babae ka HINDI BABAE LANG."

Rabiya also wore a white suit made by Ram at the preliminary interviews of the Miss Universe Philippines pageant in October 2020.

The Filipiniana she wore during her homecoming parade in Iloilo last November 2020 was designed by Ram as well.

Rabiya also rocked the runway during the national costume show of Miss Universe 2020 in a Philippine flag-inspired masterpiece by the fashion designer Rocky Gathercole.

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Now, Rabiya is gearing up for the pageant's preliminary swimsuit and evening gown competition, which is scheduled to happen on May 14, 2021 (May 15 in the Philippines).

Will Pia's earrings work their magic on Rabiya at the Miss Universe 2020 beauty pageant as predicted by a fortune-teller?

Rabiya is keeping an open mind based on the story she told about the earrings in that previous interview.

She recalled then, "This is a funny story po, kasi parang may hula na sabi, 'If you really want to win, dapat manghingi ka ng gamit from the former Miss Universe.'

"Like kay Miss Pia, kay Catriona [Gray], Gloria [Diaz], or Margie [Moran]. Ako talaga hindi na nahiya. Nag-message ako kay Pia, kay Miss Pia.

"Sabi ko, 'Miss Pia, baka may something ka naman na maipapahiram sa akin.'

"I mean, there's nothing wrong about it, you know. I just want to make sure to grab that chance. At least wala kang pinalagpas na pagkakataon."

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The grand coronation night of the Miss Universe pageant will be held on May 16, 2021 (May 17 in the Philippines).

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Rabiya Mateo (left) wearing the earrings she borrowed from Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach (right) during the preliminary interviews of the Miss Universe 2020 pageant on Thursday, May 13, 2021 (May 14 in the Philippines).
PHOTO/S: @quijano_jan on Instagram / Courtesy of Miss Universe Organization
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