Rabiya Mateo shines in Miss Universe Fashion Week event

While we wait for the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) final announcement when its pandemic postponed 2020 pageant will be held, the MUO held recently a virtual fashion event dubbed Fashion Week.

Miss Universe Philippines 2020  Rabiya Mateo was selected along with 17 other contestants who submitted each an at-home video modeling in their best personally chosen dress creations.

Mateo showcased in her video a two-piece ensemble, an off-the-shoulder, wine-colored top with dolman sleeves, punctuated by a knee-length, blue-tulip-colored skirt.

Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo confidently strutting her stuff in two-piece ensemble.  
Other delegates picked by MUO were Miss Portugal Cristiana Silva, Miss Netherlands  Denise Speelman, Miss Italy Viviana Vizzini, Miss Ecuador  Leyla Espinoza, Miss Norway  Sunniva Frigstad, Miss Czech Republic  Klara Vavdoskova, Miss Nepal  Anshika Sharma, Miss Nicaragua  Ana Marcelo, Miss Belgium  Dhenia Covens, Miss Malta  Anthea Zammit, Miss Ireland  Nadia Sayers, Miss Finland  Vivi Altonen, Miss Vietnam  Nguyen Tran Khanh Van, Miss Thailand  Amanda Obdam, Miss South Africa  Natasha Joubert, Miss Australia  Maria Thatil, and Miss Romania  Bianca Lorena Tirsin.

Mateo is getting a lot of on-line positive feedback which cements her status as one of the frontrunners in the competition. She was also picked by former beauty queen  Dani Walker in her 10 Best-dressed candidates of Miss Universe 2020.

Meanwhile, Philippine bet  Samantha Bernardo  is now in Thailand for the Miss Grand International 2020 pageant which is set to crown its winner on March 27. Bernardo wore a Chut Thai-inspired dress made by  Cyrus Gueta  on her arrival at the Bangkok airport.  

Bb. #1 Samantha Panlilio

Come the 57th edition of Binibining Pilipinas 2020, happening on April 17, not a few beauty pageant watchers will keep an eye on candidate number 1  Samantha Alexandra Panlilio, simply because she is the grandniece of the Philippine’s first-ever candidate to the Miss Universe pageant,  Myrna Panlilio-Borromeo, crowned during the inaugural edition of Bb. Pilipinas in 1964.

Bb. 1 Samantha Alexandra Panlilio  is the grandniece of the Philippine’s first-ever candidate to the Miss Universe pageant.  
The 25-year-old, 5-foot-6 Panlilio, who was born and grew up in Cavite, went to the USA in 2013 to study and graduated with degrees in Business Management, and Computer Science at the University of California Irvine in 2017. She took a job as a digital account manager in Los Angeles and worked as a senior consultant at her own family’s land development, hotels, and resorts company.

Hardworking and a fighter, Sam, as she is fondly called, advocates building a sustainable community in rural areas, and during this pandemic, she gave a hand in her hometown’s Tiga Cavite Ako, Eto Ang Ambag Ko’ charity project where donations of packed foods were distributed to the frontliners and families affected by the hard times.

“I am very honored and excited about it,” said Sam referring to her being the grand niece of Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 1964 Myrna Borromeo. I joined Bb. Pilipinas because I wanted to challenge myself and expand my horizon. And during this pandemic, I have found my purpose and now I want to be a spokesperson to have something to fight about,” said Panlilio.

On her preparations for the pageant, Panlilio trained under the watchful eyes of highly respected Kagandahang Flores (KF) beauty camp of beauty queen-maker  Rodgil Flores.

Topics: Miss Universe Organization , COVID-19 , Rabiya Mateo , Fashion Week , Samantha Panlilio , Binibining Pilipinas 2020
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