After winning this year's Miss Universe Philippines crown, Rabiya Mateo hopes to find his Indian-American father.
According to Rabiya, her dad left them when she was still little but she remembers that she was a daddy's girl back then.
“I didn’t grow up with my dad. Pero when I was young, naalala ko dati, 'yung kapatid kong lalaki ay mama’s boy tapos ako daddy’s girl. Bata pa ako noon pero I still have memories of my dad with me,” she stated.
According to Rabiya, she was inspired by the story of former Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Ganados who met her dad during her reign that's why she decided to join the world of pageantry.
“Sabi ko, I am 23 and I am not getting any younger, gusto ko sana malaman kung nasaan ba 'yung daddy ko, if okay lang ba siya. Kasi kung hindi, kung kailangan niya ng anak, pupuntahan ko siya at aalagaan ko siya," Rabiya shared.
By joining the pageant, she also wanted to show her dad that despite the fact that they are not a complete family, her mother did a great job raising them.
“Siya po 'yung nagpangalan sa aking Rabiya which means queen or princess. Ino-offer ko din po ito sa kanya kahit hindi ko siya kasama, 'yung fact kasi na someday sa lahat ng achievements ko, sa pag-aaral ko, sa ginagawa ko ngayon, malalaman niya. Mare-realize niya na kahit wala siya, napalaki ako ng maayos ni mama kahit mag-isa lang mama ko,” she stated.
The last news she heard about her father is that her dad is now working as a doctor in Chicago.
Rabiya remarked that she does not hold any hate or grudge towards her dad. The beauty queen said that her mom never bad-mouthed their dad to them.
“Wala po kasi ganun kami pinalaki ni mama. Never siya nagsabi ng bad things about my dad. Parati niyang sinasabi na ‘Alam niyo dati, 'yung daddy niyo, kahit itlog lang at kanin ang kinakain basta mabili niya lang lahat ng books niya sa medicine.’ Ini-instill sa amin ni mama all the good traits ng tatay ko. Kaya never din ako nagtanim ng sama ng loob. Kasi sa paghihirap namin, never sinisi ni mama si daddy," she said.