MANILA, Philippines — Rabiya Mateo of Iloilo City was named Miss Universe Philippines 2020.
Parañaque City’s Ysabella Ysmael bagged first runner-up honors while Quezon City’s Michele Gumabao was named second runner-up. Bohol’s Pauline Amelinckx was named third runner-up while Kimberly Hakenson of Cavite was fourth runner up.
The 22-year-old Mateo, who bested 45 other candidates, will represent the country in the yet to be scheduled Miss Universe pageant.
Mateo graduated cum laude at the Iloilo Doctor’s College in 2018, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. She was also hailed Best in Swimsuit in the preliminary competition held on Oct. 21.