By MA. LEONILA R. GARCIA
Many /beauty pageant-loving enthusiasts still can’t get over the “seemingly unjustifiable” result of the 2020 Ms. Universe contest.
For Pinoy experts and die-hard fans, Asian beauties from Thailand, Singapore, Myanmar including the highly-favored Philippine candidate should have made it to Top 10 or Top 5.
Unfortunately, Asian beauties were not destined to shine this time.
As Miss Grand International 2020 first runner-up Samantha Bernardo said at her recent homecoming: “I’m the best runner-up ever. It’s probably my destiny,” she said, alluding to her placements in the pageants she competed in, including the 2018 and 2019 Binibining Pilipinas editions where she finished second runner-up in both.
“This is a competition. As long as a representative does her best, especially in restraint of opinion. If we were to win all the time, there will be no more thrill in it. Let’s celebrate whatever the outcome is. Don’t spread hate,” Samantha, the Palawan beauty added.
Thus, Rabiya Mateo making it to Top 15 in the preliminaries is already a big feat considering there were 73 competitors from all over the world.
Instead of bashing the young lass we all ought to congratulate her instead for a job well done of representing the country well.
The Pinoy millennial and a newbie in the most prestigious beucon in the world definitely had her share of the limelight.
Aside from a young, determined and well-deserved candidate in Rabiya, MissUniverse 2020 was a showcase of Pinoy talents from official shoes and gowns made by the country’s known designers and even newbies for many of the candidates.
Thank you, Miss U 2020 for showcasing #Pinoyprideandtalents.
As for Sam, she said she will continue being a spokesperson to the ‘Malaria Free Philippines’ campaign – Kilusan Kontra Malaria. And if given the chance, she will help train the next MGI candidate.
To Rabiya, the universe may not be your destiny, but for sure, she’s destined for a greater cause.
Follow your heart and your advocacy, my dear!