Fresh mula sa pagkapanalo n’ya sa Miss Universe Philippines 2020 pageant last October 25 ay natanong ni ABS-CBN reporter Dyan Castillejo si Rabiya Mateo tungkol sa kanyang love life.
Na-solo kasi ng reporter ang Ilongga beauty queen para isang interview nang makarating na ito sa Manila matapos ang competition sa Baguio City.
Dito, inamin ni Rabiya na taken ang puso n’ya at six years na daw sila ng kanyang boyfriend.
“I do have [a boyfriend],” pag-amin ng 23-year-old Filipino-Indian beauty queen. “We’ve been dating for six years.
“He’s my first boyfriend. I can make a man stay,” tila kinikilig na pahabol pa ng dalaga.
Ang lucky guy ay walang iba kundi si Neil Johnfel Salvacion na na-meet diumano ni Rabiya sa Iloilo Doctor’s College kung saan s’ya nag-aral ng Physical Therapy habang kumukuha naman daw noon ng kursong Nursing ang binata.
“We’ve been together since college,” paliwanag pa n’ya. “He’s been very supportive. And he made me promise not to leave him even if I win the Miss Universe Philippines crown.
“So, I have a video stating that. Hahaha! He made me do that,” natatawang pagre-recall ni Rabiya.
At sa interview n’ya naman sa YouTube channel na Pilya na in-upload nito lang November 1, ipinaliwanag ng licensed physical therapist-turned-beauty queen na dumaan sila ni Neil sa LDR o long-distance relationship bago ito sumunod sa kanya sa Maynila.
“We used to be [in an] LDR and then he followed me here in Manila,” k’wento n’ya sa interview. “So, that’s true love. Hahaha!”
Aniya, nagsakripisyo daw si Neil at nagpasyang sundan s’ya sa Maynila para hindi s’ya mapalayo dito. Sa ngayon, nagtatrabaho ito bilang nurse at nagsisilbing medical frontliner sa Quezon City.
“Because it’s very difficult to handle relationship once you’re far from each other,” lahad pa ni Rabiya. “And somebody needs to make a sacrifice. That’s how things work.
“Sometimes you need to understand each other. And if you need to give up something, that entitles you to make that relationship grow stronger. Sometimes you do that sacrifice.”
Na-a-appreciate din daw ng beauty queen ang naging efforts ni Neil at kaya din daw n’ya naabot kung nasaan s’ya ngayon ay dahil din sa pagsuporta nito sa kanya noon.
“And I’m very much happy that he had his efforts just to show how much he loves me,” ani Rabiya. “And this is now my time to stay with him because I won’t be the queen that you all looking at if he wasn’t there for me back in the days.”
Dagdag pa n’ya, ang kanyang nobyo daw ang nagsilbi n’yang motivator para ipagpatuloy ang kanyang pageant journey.
“He had been telling me when I was feeling down and I felt that I’m not gonna win, he would tell me that, ‘No, I can see you with that Filipina crown.’ And he’s been pushing me. And the good thing about him is that he’s understanding.”
Kaya naman, nag-promise daw s’ya na kahit maiuwi n’ya ang korona ay hindi n’ya ito iiwan.
“He just made me promise not to leave him. And I’m gonna do my best to fulfill it,” pagtatapos ni Rabiya.
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