Sa ginanap na Zoom mediacon na dinaluhan ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) para kay Rabiya Mateo nitong Miyerkules, 7 A.M., May 5 (7 PM, Martes, May 4 naman sa Fort Lauderdale sa Florida, USA) ay nagkaroon ng pagkakataon na magpalitan ng mensahe sina Rabiya at Shamcey Supsup-Lee, Miss Universe 2011 3rd runner-up at ngayon ay national director ng Miss Universe Philippines.
Natanong kasi si Shamcey kung may mensahe o advise siya para kay Rabiya hinggil sa nalalapit na Miss Unvierse 2020 beauty pageant sa Hollywood, Florida sa May 16 ng gabi (May 17 ng alas-otso ng umaga dito sa Pilipinas).
“Hi everyone, hello to all the press, the media, and of course to my fellow directors of Miss Universe Philippines, and of course Rabiya, hello. How are you?” ang umpisang bati ni Shamcey.
Natatawang sagot naman ni Rabiya, “I’m nervous, if I’m being honest!”
Sinabi naman ni Shamcey na hindi dapat nerbiyosin si Rabiya.
“I just wanna say that I’m so proud of where you have come, I mean, the first time that I saw you was in the Miss Iloilo pageant and I was a judge there and at that time I really saw your determination, your fighting spirit and I was not surprised when you won in Miss Universe Philippines!
"And I won’t be surprised if you will take home our fifth crown, I just have a good feeling about your journey.
"My advice now is that once you enter into the competition, you’re gonna be there on May 6, I believe, in the hotel, don’t think anymore all the training, all the late-night training with your Q & A, your catwalk, everything.
"By that time my advice for you is to enjoy, to enjoy the moments with your fellow candidates because it will just really fly by very fast. It’s gonna be just ten days and magugulat ka na lang tapos na siya.
"So I just want you to savor every moment at the Miss Universe competition, kasi tapos na yung hard work mo. Everything will just fall into place.
"Kumbaga you’re prepared and I’ve seen your transformation, hindi lang ako kundi ang buong Pilipinas, na-amaze sa transformation mo.
"And yun lang, no matter what happens we are very proud of you and you are our queen, no matter what,” ang nakangiting pahayag pa ni Shamcey.
“Thank you, Ms. Shamcey," ang umpisang sagot naman ni Rabiya.
Sa bahaging ito ay naikuwento ni Rabiya na ang unang beses na nakilala niya si Shamcey ay noong kandidata siya sa Miss Iloilo 2019 kung saan isa sa mga hurado si Shamcey, at nang nanalo si Rabiya ay si Shamcey ang nagputong sa kanya ng korona.
"I would just like to share my sentiments... I remember that Miss Iloilo night and when she was putting the crown on top of my head I told her that, ‘I’m a fan, Ms. Shamcey.’ And sabi niya, ‘Don’t be.’
"I can’t imagine that it’s been months of preparing and I built a strong friendship with somebody like her, somebody who I used to get to see on television and the moment I won she was always there, she would always message me ‘Kamusta ka na?’ ‘How are you doing?'
"And, 'If may mga bagay ka na gustong pag-usapan, let’s talk about it.'
"Para ko na siyang naging ate. That’s why thank you so much, Ms. Shamcey for playing a big role in this journey.
"I also offer this fight to you.”
Kuwento naman ni Rabiya tungkol sa pagpunta niya sa Amerika...
“We flew here on April 9, so it’s almost gonna be a month of preparing, and I can say that I am fully adjusted to the place, to the climate, and to a different time zone.
"I was really having a hard time catching up with my jetlag," at tumawa si Rabiya.
"First international flight, can you imagine that?"
Tinanong naman si Rabiya, ngayong nasa last leg o huling bahagi na siya ng kanyang training para sa Miss Universe pageant.
Ano ang kahalagahan para sa kanya na i-represent ang bansang Pilipinas ngayong panahon ng pandemya ng COVID-19?
“It’s a huge responsibility! And to be a candidate for Miss Universe during this time, it’s never easy, I’m telling you.
"Like, all of my trainings are done virtually.
"The good thing is I’m with Mama J, we’re living in one house," pagtukoy ni Rabiya sa beauty queen maker at Creative Director ng Miss Universe Philippines organization na si Jonas Gaffud na kasama niya sa bawat hakbang patungo sa Miss Universe throne.
"It really takes a lot of heart and determination for me to really have this meaningful journey, and I want to make the Filipinos proud!
"This is gonna be my grandest gift to them and as I have the biggest fight of my life, I have in my heart and in my mind the support of millions of Filipinos.
"So I really hope that I will do well on May 16.”
Miss Universe 2020
Isa si Rabiya sa 74 candidates ng Miss Universe 2020 pageant na ang grand coronation night ay mapapanood nang live sa A2Z Channel 11 (ng ABS-CBN) 8:00-11:00 A.M. mula sa Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino sa Hollywood, Florida, USA.
May replay sa araw ding iyon, 10:30 pm sa A2Z. Mapapanood din ang replays ng Miss Universe sa cable via Kapamilya Channel at online via iWantTFC sa Mayo 23, Linggo, 9:45 PM.
May replays din ang Miss Universe sa Metro Channel sa Mayo 24 (12:00 NN at 10:00 PM), Mayo 26 (5:00 PM), at Mayo 29 (8:30 A.M.).
Samantala, bukod kay Jonas ay nasa Florida rin si Olivia Quido-Co; sa pangalawang pagkakataon ay ang O Skincare And Spa ng Pinay businesswoman at beauty guru na si Olivia (kilala rin bilang Miss O) ang official skincare sponsor ng Miss Universe Organization para sa pageant.
Unang nakipag-partner si Miss O sa Miss Universe noong 2019, kung saan si Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi ang nagwaging Miss Universe.