- Rabiya Mateo said she is proud that she grew up in poverty
- She said she wants to inspire many people to continue working hard for their dreams
- The beauty queen was raised by a single mom and was a working student but still graduated cum laude with a degree in Physical Therapy
Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo admitted that she didn’t grow up in a comfortable life but that didn’t stop her from achieving her dreams.
Rabiya disclosed that she was raised by a single mother after her Indian father left them when she was just five years old. She saw how her mother worked hard for her and her younger brother. Life was difficult for them and there were times they didn’t have any electricity.
“Kaya ’yung Mama ko talaga yung nagtaguyod and dahil sa probinsya rin kami lumaki. And sabi ko nga kailangan ko talagang magsumikap sa buhay kasi naranasan ko in the past na maputulan ng kuryente, humiga lang sa banig, magtrabaho,” Rabiya said on Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho.
She soon discovered she could earn more through modeling and being a brand ambassadress for different brands. Rabiya said she became a “raketera” so she could earn while still studying and even give money to her mother.
“I had a lot of gigs because I wanted to earn something. I did everything. I studied and worked at the same time just so I can give Mama something, so we can have allowance,” she said.
Rabiya was able to juggle working and studying as she finished her degree in Physical Therapy as cum laude.
The beauty queen said she isn’t ashamed to share her story because she wants to inspire others to dream big as well.
“So parang sa akin, bakit ko ikakahiya? Kasi gusto kong ma-remember ako ng mga tao na isa sa mga beauty queens na nagsumikap talaga sa buhay. Dugo, pawis, ang daming sakripisyo na ginawa ko. Kaya sinasabi ko sa lahat, basta maniwala lang kayo sa pangarap ninyo, matutupad talaga. Tingnan niyo ako ngayon,” she said.
Keep the faith and work hard for your dreams!