Photos of a young Badjao girl went viral after being shared on social media over the weekend. Meet Rita Gabriola from Lucban, Quezon. She caught the attention of several netizens during the Pahiyas festival in the province.
The 13-year-old beautiful Badjao girl was spotted by Topher Quinto begging for alms with her younger brother. Her photos went viral on Facebook with more than twenty thousand shares and sixty-four likes from netizens.
Gabriola learned of her popularity through others as she did not know how to use phones or the internet. She’s hoping that her newfound fame would somehow fulfill her dreams of becoming a teacher.
“Kaya ko po gustong maging guro, gusto ko pong matulungan ang tulad ng mga kapatid kong bata. Gusto ko rin po sila maipag-aral. At sabi sakin ng tatay ko, gusto niya kong mapag-aral. Kasi kami na lang po ang pag-asa naming magkakapatid,” Gabriola said in an interview with Lia Manalac del Castillo on 24 Oras.
According to Topher, Gabriola’s story will be featured in “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” on GMA-7 network and ABS-CBN’s ‘Rated K’ this weekend.