When Miss Universe 2020 hopeful Rabiya Mateo failed to make it to the top 10 of the prestigious pageant, Filipinos took to social media to express their gratitude and pride for the Ilongga beauty queen.
“Thank you for pouring your heart for the Philippines,” tweets Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach. “We see your heart, Queen.”
Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas took to Twitter to say, “You are still our Queen!”
“It doesn’t matter if you lose today ‘cause representing our country is a win already!” says user @dionykoo_.
Filipinos online lamented the early conclusion of Mateo’s Miss Universe journey, with some of them comparing their disappointment to Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo’s seemingly tired demeanor.
Earlier in the competition, Culpo, who helmed the show with actor Mario Lopez, trended on Twitter for her “lackluster” hosting and announcement of the top 21. She quickly inspired memes, most notably during the most awaited question and answer portion.
Some netizens also pointed out that this year’s hosts did not live up to Steve Harvey, who hosted the pageant when Pia Wurtzbach and Catriona Gray won in 2015 and 2018.
Filipinos were also unimpressed by the top 5’s answers, saying Mateo could have done a better job.
Here are more reactions from Filipino fans watching the pageant.MissUniverse2020Reactions – Curated tweets by rapplerdotcom