by Erickson Beco
When Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo came home to Iloilo for the first time after winning the crown, Iloilo Business Park—property giant’s Megaworld’s 72-hectare township in Mandurriao, Iloilo—made sure that she will truly have a grand stay fit for a queen.
Together with the rest of the city, the township welcomed Rabiya, her family, and her entire entourage with the richness of Ilonggo hospitality during her four-day homecoming. Richmonde Hotel inside Iloilo Business Park became the official home of Rabiya.
The township also had the honor of hosting the beauty queen during her 24th birthday, which she spent in the company of her family and the people closest to her. Later that evening, she also graced the ceremonial lighting of the giant Christmas tree at Festive Walk Mall.
In her official Instagram account, Rabiya gamely showed off her signature pageant walk, aptly called the ‘”festive walk,” during a recent shoot at Festive Walk Parade also inside the township. Her post, which now has almost 500,000 views, was featured by When in Manila and ABS-CBN.com.
“We are so proud to have hosted Rabiya for her grand homecoming. She has been a perfect model not just to Ilonggos but to all Filipinos in terms of how a phenomenal woman like her inspires young people to continue to dream bigger,” says Jennifer Palmares-Fong, vice president for sales and marketing, Iloilo Business Park.
Together with the whole city that poured their all-out support behind her during the recent pageant, the township will once again rally behind Rabiya as she chases her biggest dream to date.
“Rabiya’s milestone has once again put Iloilo City in the global spotlight, and we are more than happy to support her as she vies for the Miss Universe crown next year. We are very excited to see her do her signature ‘Festive Walk’ on the global stage. For us, she is truly an embodiment of a guwapa nga Ilongga that mirrors a phenomenal woman with a heartfelt beauty,” Palmares-Fong adds.
Iloilo Business Park now houses a variety of residential developments; the most beautiful mall in Western Visayas, the Festive Walk Mall; world-class hotels Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo, Richmonde Hotel Iloilo, and soon Belmont Hotel Iloilo; the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA), the first and only museum in Visayas and Mindanao dedicated to works of contemporary art; and the iconic Iloilo Convention Center.