Rabiya Mateo is Miss Universe Philippines 2020

Rabiya Mateo will represent the Philippines in Miss Universe 2020

Rabiya Mateo is Miss Universe Philippines 2020

Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Winners Announced

Manila, Philippines – The first edition of the new Miss Universe Philippines franchise has just concluded. After decades of prestigious hosting under the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, a new franchise was announced last year. It was shocking news for pageant enthusiasts, but everyone welcomed the change with the hopes of seeing improvements.

Rabiya Mateo is Miss Universe Philippines 2020
Rabiya Mateo is Miss Universe Philippines 2020

The coronation night was initially scheduled for May 3, 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been moved at least twice; first to June 14, 2020, and later was held on October 25, 2020. The coronation night was held at Cordillera Convention Hall, Baguio Country Club in Baguio.

The final competition was broadcast on GMA Network. Last year’s winner Gazini Ganados from Cebu, crowned her successor Rabiya Mateo of Iloilo City at the end of the event.

Starting today, Rabiya will be keeping the new crown called “Filipina,” which was crafted by the Villarica Family in Bulacan, also the Villarica Pawnshop Chain owners.

Each element of the crown represents the following:

  • The swirl of leaves – every woman who aims for success in “different forms” but still keeps “the Filipino values in their hearts”.
  • Diamond embedded in each leaf – signifies “the sparkle” in the lives of people that each woman encounters.
  • Golden south sea pearls – four values of creativity, intelligence, optimism, and fear of God.
  • Sapphire, Ruby, and Topaz – was patterned after the blue, red, and yellow colors of the Philippine flag.

Rabiya Mateo, the first representative of Iloilo City under the new Miss Universe Philippines franchise, was crowned the winner of the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 pageant held at the Baguio Country Club.

Rabiya Mateo photo courtesy of Miss Universe Philippines
Rabiya Mateo photo courtesy of Miss Universe Philippines

During the preliminary competition, Miss Iloilo City Rabiya Mateo also received the Best in Swimsuit award.

The 23-year-old beauty queen was crowned by Gazini Ganados, who placed in the Top 20 of the Miss Universe pageant last year.

Here’s the list of Top 16 candidates at 2020 Miss Universe Philippines:

Final ResultsContestant
Miss Universe Philippines 2020
  • Iloilo City – Rabiya Mateo
1st Runner Up
  • Parañaque – Ysabella Ysmael
2nd Runner Up
  • Quezon City – Michele Gumabao
3rd Runner Up
  • Bohol – Pauline Amelinckx
4th Runner Up
  • Cavite – Kimberly Hakenson
Top 16
  • Aklan – Christelle Abello
  • Albay – Paula Madarieta Ortega
  • Biliran – Skelly Ivy Florida §
  • Cebu City – Tracey Maureen Perez
  • Cebu Province – Apriel Smith
  • Davao City – Alaiza Malinao
  • Mandaue – Lou Dominique Piczon
  • Misamis Oriental – Caroline Veronilla
  • Pasig City – Riana Pangindian
  • Romblon – Marie Fee Tajaran
  • Taguig – Sandra Lemonon
§ – Fan Vote Winner / Voted in the Top 16 by Fans

Major awards

Best in National CostumeLou Dominique PiczonMandaue
Best in SwimsuitRabiya MateoIloilo City
Best in Evening GownYsabella YsmaelParañaque
Face of the UniversePauline AmelinckxBohol
Miss PhotogenicTracy Maureen PerezCebu City

Special awards

Best in Swimsuit PhotoTracy Maureen PerezCebu City
Best in RunwayLou Dominique PiczonMandaue
Miss Lazada Fan VoteSkelly Ivy FloridaBiliran
Miss MG PhilippinesMichele Theresa GumabaoQuezon City
Miss CreamsilkPauline AmelinckxBohol
Downy Sweetheart AwardPauline AmelinckxBohol
Miss Cetaphil SunPauline AmelinckxBohol
Best Tourism VideoJan Alexis ElcanoBatanes

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Written by Markus Castro

A cat person by day and a writer by night. He loves to travel to his favorite destinations in Southeast Asia.

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