Inalay ni Rabiya Mateo ang kanyang pagkapanalo bilang Miss Universe Philippines 2020 sa kanyang ina at lola na parehong single mothers.
Sa kanyang kauna-unahang post matapos koronahang Miss Universe Philippines, puring-puri ni Rabiya ang kanyang inang si Christine at yumaong lola na si Sol.
Mensahe niya sa Instagram ngayong Martes, October 27: “We made it, Mama and Lola!
“These two are the strongest women that I know.
“Both were single mothers but were able raise their children full of dreams and aspiration in life.”
May isang nakababatang kapatid na lalaki si Rabiya, si Mokmok.
Dagdag pa niya, “To my Lola Sol in heaven, your favorite apo is now Miss Universe Philippines.
“I love you so so so much. I wish you were still here witnessing our victory.”
“I NEVER BLAMED YOU FOR IT”
Limang taong gulang lamang si Rabiya noong nahiwalay siya sa kanyang ama na si Mohammed Abdullah Syed Moqueet Hashmi, isang Indian-American.
Ayon sa isang artikulo sa mattersindia.com, nagkakilala ang mga magulang ni Rabiya sa Fatima College, kung saan pareho silang nag-aral.
Umalis daw ng bansa ang ama ni Rabiya at pumunta ng Amerika para sa physician licensure examination nito. Hindi na raw ito nagbalik.
Sa isang post ni Rabiya nitong nakaraang Father’s Day, June 21, sinabi ng cum laude graduate mula sa Iloilo Doctor’s College na hindi niya sinisi ang ama na hindi sila naalagan nito mula noong bata pa sila.
Sabi niya sa caption ng larawan nilang dalawa, “This is the first time that I'm going to post some photos of my Dad.
“We were not together for a very long time and I almost forgot how you look like.
“Good thing my Aunt had saved some of our photos together and I will be honest that I got teary eyes the moment I saw them. Mokmok is like a xerox copy of yours.
“You guys have the same color, the features, and the hairline. I became a strong independent woman today because of the situation that happened in the past but I never blamed you for it.”
Nangako rin siyang patuloy na aarugain ang kanyang pamilya bilang breadwinner.
Saad ni Rabiya, “I will continue to be a breadwinner to our family, a good daughter to Mama, and a good role model to Mokmok.
“I will push myself to a new and greater limit every single day so that when the time comes and we meet again, you will tell everyone how proud you are that I'm your daughter and who knows, when that day comes I might be a doctor like you.
“I pray that wherever you are, you're surrounded by people who love you and take good care of you.
“I hope you still think about me because I always think about you. Happy Father's Daddy and I miss you so much. PS, I grew up to be a happy person even I have that RBF (resting baby face) back then.”
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