- Inspiration Noynoy Aquino Was The Kind Of Uncle Any Parent Would Love To Have
- Preschooler How Ninoy And Cory Aquino Taught Their Son Noynoy To Dream Big And Never Give Up
- Real Parenting Ogie Alcasid Talks About His Parenting Style: 'Parang Bawal Akong Magalit'
- Money Why Judy Ann Santos Avoids Luxury Bags: 'Pwede Naman Ako Sa Bayong!'
Rabiya Mateo Hopes To Reunite With Father In The US: 'I Just Want To Know If He's Alive'She is currently in the United States for the 69th Miss Universe competition.
Rabiya and her brother were raised by their mom, and in interviews, the beauty queen shared that their dad was the one who named her "Rabiya" — which means "queen" or "princess." The last update they had about him was that he was a doctor in Chicago, Illinois.
ICYMI, Rabiya is in the US competing in the 69th Miss Universe pageant, which will take place on May 16 in Hollywood, Florida. She hopes to reunite with her father while she's there!ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Rabiya recently told ABS-CBN News: "This is [the] first time I'm gonna be outside of the country. Yes, I'm so excited. It's been my dream to go to [the] US because I really want to see my father...
"I'm not closing the book. I feel there's still hope. And maybe when I'm there I might find him because I have his name, I know his name and his birthday.
"So maybe I can have a track of where he is if he's alive or not. Something like that, can I do that kaya. I just want to know if he's alive or not, I'm not even sure if he has an idea that I won Miss Universe-Philippines."
Rabiya Mateo on her favorite memory with her dad
During a guesting for Magandang Buhay last year, Rabiya shared how she was inspired by Gazini Ganados' story: Gazini met her father for the first time during the course of her Miss Universe stint.CONTINUE READING BELOWRecommended Videos
According to Rabiya: "Isa rin po talaga 'yan sa goal ko kung bakit ako sumali ng Miss Universe Philippines... Gusto ko sana malaman if nasaan na yung daddy ko, if okay lang ba siya. Kasi kung hindi, kung kailangan niya ng anak, pupuntahan ko siya at aalagaan ko siya."
She also talked about one favorite memory she has with her dad: when he bought a piano and played lullabies for her as a kid! Rabiya said she doesn't feel any resentment or hatred when it comes to her dad because her mom raised her with good stories about him.
We're super looking forward to this father-daughter reunion!
This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.
*Minor edits have been made by the SmartParenting.com.ph editors.
What other parents are reading
Trending in Summit Network