WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Over 40 women vie for the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 crown during the pageant finals, which airs on October 25, Sunday.
The candidates and organizers have been spending the past few weeks in Baguio City, which played host to preliminary events and the finals. It’s the very first edition of the pageant under the Miss Universe Philippines organization. It’s also being held under extraordinary circumstances – the coronavirus pandemic.
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Rabiya Mateo’s Top 5 Q&A
If you could create a new paper currency with the image of any Filipino on it, dead or alive, who would it be, and why?
If I were given the chance, I would want to use the face of Miriam Defensor-Santiago. For those who don’t know, she was an Ilongga, but what I admire about her is that she used her knowledge, her voice to serve the country, and I want to be somebody like her, somebody who puts her heart, her passion into action, and after all, she is the best president that we never had.
This pandemic has made clear our priorities, essential and non-essential. Where do pageants stand in this time of crisis?
As a candidate I know I’m not just the face of Iloilo City, but I am here carrying hope and as a symbol of light in the darkest times, and as of the moment, I want to help my community, I want to use my strength to make an impact, and that is the essence of beauty pageants, it gives us the power to make a difference.
Rabiya Mateo wins Miss Universe Philippines 2020
The rest of the Top 5 were ranked as follows:
1st runner-up: Maria Ysabella “Bella” Ysmael, Parañaque
2nd runner-up: Michele Gumabao, Quezon City
3rd runner-up: Pauline Amelinckx, Bohol
4th runner-up: Kimberly “Billie” Hakenson, Cavite
TRANSCRIPT: Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Top 16 Q&A
Check out how the Top 16 answered here.
FULL LIST: Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Top 5
(In no particular order)
Michele Gumabao, Quezon City
Kimberly “Billie” Hakenson, Cavite
Pauline Amelinckx, Bohol
Rabiya Mateo, Iloilo City
Maria Ysabella “Bella” Ysmael, Parañaque
LOOK: The Top 16 during the swimsuit competition
Some of the candidates in their swimsuits. pic.twitter.com/n165UOswGL— alexa villano (@alexavillano) October 25, 2020
Top 16 Q&A
All contestants asked: Throughout this journey you’ve discovered that you are a phenomenal woman who is conditioned for greater. How can you create a positive and lasting impact to the world around you?