Recap: Rabiya Mateo continues to wow in Miss Universe journey

With just two weeks before the coronation night, Rabiya Mateo continues to wow pageant fans in her journey to the Miss Universe crown. 

Here's what she's been up to this week:

On April 23, Rabiya asked her supporters and followers to vote for her as the online poll for the Top 21 in the pageant begin.

Since her arrival in the US last April 9, Rabiya has documented her Miss Universe journey by posting snippets from her shoots and outfits created by several Filipino designers. Her latest gown, a Philippine flag-inspired creation by Kristen Regalado, trended online. 

On April 17, Rabiya also made waves online when she channeled her inner warrior goddess in a red leather dress created by local designer Mara Chua. 

Aside from her jaw-dropping looks, Rabiya also recently talked about her education advocacy. In an introduction video posted on April 21, she talked about how education helped transform her life from "its humble beginnings." And as an educator, she expressed hope that it can transform other peoples' lives as well. 

Her “Up Close and Personal” video uploaded in the Miss Universe YouTube page has the highest views among the candidates with 849,000 and counting. She is followed by Indonesia’s Ayu Maulida Putri (115,000 views), Dominican Republic’s Kimberly Jiménez (120,000 views), Vietnam’s Khanh Van Nguyen Tran (109,000 views), and Cambodia’s Sarita Reth (99,000 views). 

Apart from championing the importance of education, Rabiya has also promoted self-love in a bare-faced video. In an April 25 post, the beauty queen opened up about constantly receiving unsolicited comments about her physical appearance. 

She also explained that she's learned to stop comparing herself with others. “Even in my simplest form, I know in my heart I am nothing less than phenomenal,” she said. 

The Miss Universe coronation night is scheduled on May 17, (May 16 in USA). Filipino pageant fans can watch the competition live on A2Z channel starting at 8 am. - Rappler.com