Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo, runners-up reunite for an advocacy

A quick browse through the social media accounts of Miss Universe Philippines (MUP) 2020 Rabiya Mateo will reveal her passion and advocacies particularly towards helping her fellow medical workers through the pandemic, Rabiya being in the medical field herself. She is a licensed physical therapist and a teacher at a medical review center.  

 

When the enhanced community quarantine was first imposed last year, Rabiya immediately called a friend who works as a nurse in a hospital in Manila to express her support. She related the story in a social media post. “Thank you for sacrificing a lot of things just to make sure everything will be under control. Thank you for having the bravest and kindest souls. We are all praying for your health and safety,” says Rabiya, as she conveyed her appreciation and gratitude to the medical frontliners whom she called the silent heroes.  

 

With such admiration to the frontliners fighting this pandemic, it is no surprise that Rabiya, along with other MUP reigning queens first runner-up Bella Ysmael, third runner-up Pauline Amelinckx, and fourth runner-up Billie Hakenson have come together to advocate good hygiene as a frontline defense against COVID-19.  

 

With reported cases still rising by the day worldwide, good hygiene remains to play a critical part in the fight against COVID-19 along with other required health and safety protocols such as wearing of face mask and face shield and physical distancing. Joined by MUP National director Shamcey Supsup-Lee, the MUP queens took on the advocacy through a video posted on social media (https://fb.watch/5zdeKtiNau/), sending the message that in the fight against COVID-19, simple acts such as keeping your hands clean and disinfecting high-touch surfaces can go a long way in protecting oneself and protecting others.  

 

Rabiya, who recently competed in the Miss Universe pageant in Florida, USA, says that it is refreshing to know that she doesn’t need to face the world unprotected. “We all play a critical role in the fight against COVID-19. Good hand hygiene behavior is one of the most effective actions we can take to reduce the spread of viruses and infections. San Miguel Ethyl Alcohol takes the crown for my daily protection needs and I use it as part of my all-day frontline defense,” she relates.  

 

SAVE LIVES WITH CLEAN HANDS  

San Miguel Ethyl Alcohol is naturally derived from sugarcane that makes it safe for food contact surfaces like utensils and sanitizing hands. Its disinfecting formula kills 99.99% of germs that protects against disease-causing bacteria and viruses while its moisturizing ingredients and refreshing scent make it gentle and cool on the skin.  

 

San Miguel Ethyl Alcohol is making good hand hygiene accessible to all at affordable prices and is available nationwide in 250 ml, 500 ml, and 1-liter bottles.  

 

At the start of the pandemic last year, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) through Ginebra San Miguel Inc. (GSMI), ramped up production of 70% ethanol-based hand sanitizers to meet the surge in demand. GSMI has so far donated 1.3 million liters of ethyl alcohol amounting to P100 million to frontliners in hospitals, checkpoints, and other facilities all over the country. 

 

GSMI saw the need to continue producing rubbing alcohol to make the product available not just to frontliners but to every Filipino.