Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo's Yearbook Photo

IMAGE MIss Universe Philippines Organization, Carmelle M. Lacsi

Old yearbook photos give us a glimpse into the character of people before they were famous: Were they studious? Were they honor students? In the case of newly crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo, she was both. 

Mateo graduated high school from the Saint Candida School in Iloilo, one of the institutions around the world run by the Congregation of Hijas De Jesus.

Her yearbook writeup reads: 

“A girl with glamorous smile. Every boy is mesmerized with her sophisticated looks. The darling of Year IV-Saint Agnes. Those shimmering tan skin catches everyone’s attention especially the boys. She has a towering height. When she starts speaking, you should ready your handkerchiefs for your nose might bleed. She is a very sensitive person so be careful with the words you choose. She is sweet like sugar. That’s what makes Rabiya “Byang”: Brilliant, Youth, Admirable, narcissist and Gorgeous (sic).”

Mateo’s achievements were first honorable mention, best in communication, and performer of the year. 

Photo by Carmelle M. Lacsi.

In a series of Instagram stories posted on October 30, 2020, Mateo reacted to circulating photos of her yearbook profile.

"This was me 11 years ago. I still didn't have my braces. I didn't how to put on makeup. I'm not aware of what angle flatters me most but that is still me. A lot of things happened in that period of time. I grew up and became more mature. I was able to invest in myself and practice self-love.

"If there would be one thing that I want other people to know about me is that I'm beautiful then and now. The only thing different is now, I know better."

Photo by Rabiya Mateo | Instagram.

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