RABIYA OCCEÑA MATEO is a 23 year-old, 5'7 half Filipina, half Indian stunner from Balasan, Iloilo. She graduated Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (Cum Laude), Best Intern and University Valedictorian where she gave the speech on behalf of the graduates of Batch 2018 of Iloilo Doctors' College.
Rabiya joined her first pageant and won the title Miss Iloilo.
Rabiya was not exactly a frontrunner when MUP 2020 started this year. Then when the search resumed going into the last few weeks, she catched up with the lead pack and now has a Best in Swimsuit title, kicked to the front in the last legs of the race and boosting her chances to clinch the coveted "Filipina" crown.
Will she be the first Ilongga to clinch the Miss Universe Philippines crown in 55 years (after MUP 1965 Louise Vail Aurelio)?
Find out tomorrow as GMA 7 airs the finals of MUP 2020 at 9:00 AM.
Text by Jay Patao