Rabiya Mateo Interviewed by Spanish-Language TV Network Telemundo

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MANILA, Philippines — Rabiya Mateo, the Philippine representative to the 69th Miss Universe international beauty pageant, was interviewed by the Spanish-language television network Telemundo and FYI Network on May 13.

“In the Philippines, we have pageants all over the places …” said Mateo as she was asked if pageantry is the “pastime” in the country.

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Telemundo, which is owned by NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, is the exclusive Spanish-language broadcast partner for the said beauty pageant. Telemundo is one of the two biggest Spanish-language television networks in the United States, along with Univision.

The 69th Miss Universe will be broadcast live on Telemundo on Sunday, May 16 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT in the United States and on A2Z on Monday, May 17 at 8 a.m. PHT in the Philippines.

Beauty pageants are “immensely popular” in Latin America and in the Philippines.

In 2015, Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez was mistakenly named the Miss Universe winner instead of Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach.

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Arvyn Cerézo
Arvyn Cerezo (he/they) is the editor of La Jornada Filipina, an English- and Spanish-language news magazine in Manila. His work has appeared in various international news sites. He currently reviews science fiction and fantasy books for the trade magazine Publishers Weekly, and does reporting and commentary on books for Book Riot. You can find them on arvyncerezo.com.

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