Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo recently talked about her experience during 2013's Super Typhoon Yolanda in an interview for the show Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho. Rabiya shared that it was the biggest challenge of her life as she witnessed her mother crying, and their bahay kubo in Balasan, Iloilo, was ruined by the storm.
"Nagsulat kami sa may kalsada na 'we need help,' ' we need food.' Kaya sabi ko nga ngayon na may bagyong Rolly tsaka Ulysses, ramdam na ramdam ko po talaga yung paghihirap ng mga kakabayan natin kaya tumulong rin po ako."
She added: "Kaya sabi ko nga, patatagin niyo talaga yung loob niyo. Kasi I know it's never easy to be in that position: mawalan ng bahay, mawalan ng gamit, minsan mawawalan pa ng loved one. Pero habang may buhay talaga, may pag-asa pa po."
When Jessica Soho asked for her thoughts on "Filipino resiliency," Rabiya said: "Yung resiliency, parang overused siya, to the point na sometimes we don't look at the problems to find the solution. We just tell other people na 'all we need to do is have a positive mindset, and we're gonna overcome this.' But where are the tangible programs to help the people affected by [these] situations? So yes, iba pag may positive outlook. But kailangan natin magkaroon ng tangible and visible solution. Hindi tayo magle-learn, hindi mapapabuti yung community natin if puro resiliency na lang."
Over the weekend, Rabiya also posted a callout for donations on her social media accounts for the victims of Typhoon Rolly and Ulysses. As of November 15, she was able to raise more than P200,000.
Typhoon Ulysses (known internationally as Typhoon Vamco) caused heavy rains and life-threatening floods in many areas of Luzon, especially in Marikina City and its neighboring towns in Rizal. Cagayan also experienced unprecedented floods, with many residents trapped on the roofs of their houses. Because of the typhoon, several universities have also declared academic breaks.