The Philippines’ bet for  Miss Universe 2020, Rabiya Mateo, has concluded her run for the crown in the top 21 of the historic pageant held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, May 16 (May 17 PH Time). 

And though she may not have taken the crown home, Filipinos were quick to send their love to the 24-year-old Iloilo native, who represented the country in the 69th iteration of the contest. 

Fellow Miss Universe Philippines winners Pia Wurtzbach and Catriona Gray started what later on became a collective declaration of gratitude and support for the Filipina teacher, who trended on Twitter. 

Previous Miss Universe Philippines queens also expressed how proud they are of Mateo’s journey through Instagram. 

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Ultimately, 2020’s Miss Universe title went to Mexico’s Andrea Meza, who was crowned by her predecessor Miss Universe 2019 winner Zozibini Tunzi from South Africa.

Meanwhile, the rest of the top 5 candidates placed as follows:

  • 1st runner-up: Julia Gama, Brazil
  • 2nd runner-up: Janick Maceta del Castillo, Peru
  • 3rd runner-up: Adline Castelino, India
  • 4th runner-up: Kimberly Jimenez, Dominican Republic

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