Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo went viral after her appearance in the news magazine show Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho for stating her stand on the concept of "Filipino resilience" after people have used it to describe their countrymen that went through the back-to-back typhoons Rolly and Ulysses.
The concept is defined as Filipinos recovering quickly from difficulties, such as natural disasters.
It was the show's host, Kapuso veteran journalist Jessica Soho, who opened up the topic on her show, asking the beauty queen if describing Filipinos as resilient is enough.
"Parang hindi rin tama na dadaanin na lang ang lahat sa ating pagiging resilient,” the GMA news pillar added.
Rabiya answered, telling Soho that calling Filipino's resilient has been overused.
"'Yung resiliency, parang overused siya to the point na sometimes we don't look at the problems to find the solution, and we just tell other people na all we need to do is have a positive mindset and we're gonna overcome this," she said.
“But where are the tangible problems to help the people being affected by such situation?" she added.
Rabiya went on, saying how the community would not learn if being resilient is the only topic discussed.
"So, yes, iba 'pag may positive outlook but again kailangan natin magkaroon ng tangible and visible solution," she said. “Hindi tayo magle-learn, hindi natin mapapabuti 'yung community natin if puro resiliency na lang.”
MISS UNIVERSE PHILIPPINES RABIYA MATEO, UMAASANG MAKIKITA ANG AMA SA PAMAMAGITAN NG KMJS
MISS UNIVERSE PHILIPPINES RABIYA MATEO, UMAASANG MAKIKITA ANG AMA SA PAMAMAGITAN NG KMJS Mag-isang tinaguyod si Rabiya ng kanyang ina. Ang kanyang amang Indian kasi, iniwan sila noong siya'y bata pa. Umaasa si Rabiya na sa pamamagitan ng ating programa, makakausap na niya ang kanyang ama na si Syed Mohammed Abdullah Moqueet Irfan Hashmi. Mas kilalanin pa natin si Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo sa video na ito! #KMJSPosted by Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) on Sunday, November 15, 2020
Rabiya trended on Twitter after the interview aired, with netizens praising and backing her stance towards the matter.
"Hindi pwede palaging resiliency lang. Yes it's good na we have a positive mind pero we should also have a tangible and visible solution"— m a r k • AU commish on 📌 (@fanboytwts) November 15, 2020
QUEEN RABIYA, TELL IT TO HIM. TELL IT TO THAT MAN.
Rabiya Mateo on KMJS (non-verbatim): "Ang resiliency, overused na 'yan. Ano ba ang tangible solutions, tangible programs?"— Jasper Villa (@angmalaya) November 15, 2020
Skskdkdndk I was overwhelmed to hear that na 'di ko matandaan ang exact words, but it was definitely a shade. Go girl!