A few weeks before the highly anticipated 69th Miss Universe competition that will be held on May 16 (EST) in Florida, USA, FYE Channel’s KUMU Star Ka recently had the opportunity to chat with our Miss Universe Philippines bet Rabiya Mateo.
The virtual interview commenced with host Ahwel Paz remarking the Philippine flag-inspired gown she was wearing and quizzing her about the recent photoshoot she did that went viral across the worldwide web as she mesmerized by her depiction of Athena, the Greek goddess of war, wisdom, and craft.
“I’m happy that a lot of fans have been appreciating what I’ve been doing to improve myself since I won Miss Universe Philippines. I won’t say I’m a perfect person, I’m not even sure at first if I was born into this field. But every day I aspire to be more, to improve, and that is one of the best things that I can offer in this journey because I’m not afraid of progression. I’m not afraid of change,” she stated when asked how she feels towards the positive comments and feedbacks she continuously garners.
And now that it’s only less than a month before the coronation night, the 24-year-old beauty queen disclosed how remarks like she’s fully ready for the competition makes the butterflies in her stomach flutter or makes her kilig. However, she doesn’t let herself be swayed by those as she refuses to get complacent and maintains her hunger and thirst to win the fifth crown for the country.
With regards to who she thinks would be her stiffest competitor in the pageant, Rabiya related that she cannot determine yet who would it be since she has only talked to some of them and knows for sure that there are a lot of lovely and amazing candidates out there who possess the qualities that Miss Universe is looking for for its next winner. However, she’s looking forward to meet Miss India and Miss Australia because she feels that she could somehow connect with them since they both have Indian blood like her. She also pointed out how strong Team Asia is in this year’s competition.
Before the interview concluded, the host didn’t miss the opportunity to ask Rabiya to share her much-awaited introduction, which, according to her, gives her goosebumps up until now every time she hears herself because it still feels like a dream for her that she’s already making it come true.
KUMU STAR KA is an entertainment program that features upcoming and professional artists, promotes various shows and streamers, films, and highlights anything and everything about the showbiz industry. The show highlights the works of the streamers and honors the gifters and their contribution in the Kumu world. Watch them live on FYE Channel's official Kumu account (@FYEChannel), every Wednesday & Sunday (3PM) hosted by Ahwel Paz. You may also binge-watch past episodes on TFC.tv.