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Pia Wurtzbach, impressed with Rabiya Mateo's 'self-awareness'

Rabiya Mateo is working hard “to have the best body” for Miss Universe 2020

Doreen Penilla
Doreen Penilla

11/26/2020 in News
Pia Wurtzbach, impressed with Rabiya Mateo's 'self-awareness'

Pia Wurtzbach believes that the Philippines’ bet to the Miss Universe 2020 — Rabiya Mateo — is "on the right path" in terms of training and “doesn’t need a lot of work”!

Speaking with Rabiya and beauty queens Bianca Guidotti and Carla Lizardo on the show "Queentuhan" on Tuesday, November 24, Pia relayed her honest thoughts.

Pia told Rabiya, "Alam mo kung saan ka possible na ma-trigger, alam mo kung saan ka dapat mag-train pa. Ang laki ng self-awareness mo which is so important because you have to have that open mind, that you need to keep learning.”

“Parang na-notice ko sa 'yo na sobrang open mo to learning and ino-obserbahan mo rin 'yung sarili mo na, 'Ito dapat gawin ko, ganito, ganyan,' which is so good and so important for a person who wants to keep improving and wants to win.”

The Miss Universe 2015 has complete confidence in the 24-year-old Ilongga. She said, "I think you're on the right path already, Rabiya. You don't need a lot of work. What I mean [by] work, alam mo 'yung parang may mga babaguhin pa sa way of thinking mo or training mo.”

Meanwhile, Rabiya shared that she “wants to have the best body" for the pageant.

“Iyon sana, that's my target. I'm aware that my frame is kind of small. And 'yung mahirap kasi sa akin, even though I eat a lot, hindi ako lumalaki. So I really need to hit the gym and to have those weights. Right now sinasabi we have this target na arms, hips, body," she said.

"And sabi ko nga, nai-inspire ako to do that kasi I know myself, I'm not going to settle for less. I'm going to push myself to improve kasi Pilipinas na 'yung dala-dala mo eh."

Rabiya also shared that she and the other contestants for Miss Universe 2020 are now connected online and that she has grown particularly close to Miss India.

"Meron na po kaming WhatsApp na group, kami pong lalaban for Miss Universe 2020... Pero as of the moment po 'yung nakakausap ko talaga is si Miss India kasi napakabait niya. And maybe because I'm also half-Indian and I'm looking for my dad, so somehow we have this connection. But I'm excited to meet all of the girls," she said.

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