Rabiya Mateo of Iloilo City is the new Miss Universe Philippines and representative of Philippines on upcoming Miss Universe

Over 40 women vie for the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 crown during the pageant finals, which airs on October 25, Sunday.

The candidates and organizers have been spending the past few weeks in Baguio City, which played host to preliminary events and the finals. It's the very first edition of the pageant under the Miss Universe Philippines organization. It's also being held under extraordinary circumstances – the coronavirus pandemic.

The new Miss Universe Philippines was awarded to a former representative of the Philippines in Miss Universe in 2011 Shamcey Supsup, the national director. It also marked the first time in history in the Miss Universe Philippines franchise that they can allow the contestant to communicate in their native language.

In October 2020 they announce the special awards.

Here is the list of who won some special awards:

From 46 hopefuls, Miss Universe Philippines immediately cut the race down to 16.

After sashaying in their glamorous dresses for their introductory walk, the following 16 candidates are set to take the competition to the next round Long Gown and Best in Swimsuit:

From the Top 16, the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 is now down to only five contenders who will continue their journey to vie for the most prestigious crown.

After their 30-second speeches, the swimsuit and long gown competition, the judges have chosen the best five: 

Quezon City- Michele Gumabao

Cavite- Kimberly Hakenson

Bohol- Pauline Amelinckx

Iloilo City - Rabiya Mateo

Paranaque- Ysabella Ysmael

The final Q&A portion saw a twist this year, with the Top 5 answering two questions: A common question asked of everybody and another specifically for the candidate. After the Q&A they announce the one who takes the crown.

Here is the list of 4th Runner up to the one who crowns Miss Universe Philippines and representative of Philippines on Miss Universe:

4th runner-up Billie Hakenson (Cavite)

3rd runner-up Pauline Amelinckx (Bohol)

2nd runner-up Michele Gumabao (Quezon City)

1st runner-up Ysabella Ysmael (Parañaque)

Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo (Ilo-ilo City)

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