Hours before the 70th Miss Universe competition in Eilat, Israel, Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo posted a message to her successor Beatrice Luigi Gomez as she vies for the 5th crown of the country.
On Instagram, Rabiya wrote: “I just wanna let you know how proud I am of you. I believe na malakas talaga ang laban mo because I saw the fire in your eyes and felt the grit in your heart and spirit.” (I believe that you have a fighting chance.)
“Alam kong lalaban ka at ngayon palang panalo kana sa mata ng maraming Pilipino.Ilaban mo Bea para sa Pilipinas! Mahal na mahal ka namin. Salamat sa lahat!” (I know you’ll fight and you’re already a winner in the eyes of the Filipino. Fight Bea for the Philippines. We love you and thank you for everything.)