Jaws dropped in disbelief when Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo tripped as she made her final walk at the Miss Universe Philippines 2021 coronation night. While others were quick to respond with sympathy and words of encouragement, there were some who poked fun at the situation. One such internet troll—a gorgeous one at that!—is actually her close friend and Miss Universe Philippines mentor, beauty queen MJ Lastimosa.
Making light of the situation, the Miss Universe Philippines 2014 winner tweeted: “Sinadya mo yung padapa noh? Very clazzz ehhh! Hartesta ka na gid ya dai labyu ga!ðŸ˜#muph2021". ICYMI: The Ilongga beauty queen was very vocal about her latest aspirations. Now that her Miss Universe duties are over, she wants to venture into hosting and acting. Her first target: KC Montero's job.
The friendly trolling didn’t stop there, though.
Over on Instagram stories, MJ also shared a meme made by a netizen in which the Squid Game doll was edited in. She tagged Rabiya’s account and captioned it with “Ibyang 1st game palang eliminated kana” and a laughing emoji, referencing the hit korean series.
Completely unfazed, Rabiya reposted this with the response: “HAHAHAHAHA SORRY NA PO! WALA TALAGA AKONG BALANCE AND COORDINATION.”
Not to be outbantered, she also chided her fellow-Visayas native by reposting MJ’s more serious IG story: a photo snapped moments before her infamous final walk with the in-photo text “Bangon everyday! Labyu”. Here, she called out MJ with her own caption: “ECHUSERA. NARINIG KITA TUMAWA NG NADAPA AKO EHH!”
This was all done in good spirits, though! This actually isn’t the first time the public witnessed the winning pair’s unique display of affection. The doting sister-figure has also poked fun of the 24-year-old beauty queen on Instagram last June.
While Rabiya looks into transitioning to showbiz, her pageant roots became evident when the pair finally caught up moments after the coronation night. In her IG story, MJ was asking Rabiya how she was, alluding to how everyone had expected her to bring on the waterworks.
The story continues with Rabiya exclaiming that she’s happy, to which MJ further jests “Grabe, nadapa ka, hindi ka umiyak no?”
The aspiring actress quickly retorted, “Hindi, kasi tatayo at tatayo tayo.”
Once a queen, always a queen!
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