After her instant fame, Badjao Girl gets promise of aid

Badjao girl gets promise of aid after her photo went viral online. The teen was overwhelmed with the attention she has been receiving after a photograph of her begging for spare change during a local festival in Lucban, Quezon surpassed social media. ( Read: Viral: Beautiful Badjao Girl )

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The photo of Badjao Girl was posted on Facebook last May 14 by photographer Topher Quinto Burgos, wherein the 13-year-old Rita Gaviola begging with her younger sister at the Pahiyas Festival. And her morena skin and high cheekbones wowed Filipino netizens!

The picture posted by Burgos was captioned as: “Nakita lang namin siya nanghihingi ng barya. Kapatid nating mga Badjao na may angkin ganda.”

Badjao girl was immediately reported by a local television news. And a reposted photo dedicated Gaviola titled “Badjao Girl” was also shared close to 72,000 times on the social networking site.

In an interview with reporters, Gaviola said that her instant and unexpected fame will help her achieve her dream of becoming a teacher.

“I want to finish my studies and be a teacher someday. I want to help my siblings and the other Badjao kids to get education,” shared Gaviola, who lives in a shack in Barangay Barra, Lucena City with her family.

And it seems to be wish granted as Badjao girl gets promise of aid!

According to reports, Lucena City Mayor Roderick Alcala, said that he would send Gaviola to school. Also, Asis Perez, the national director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, as well as a host of local beauty queens have also promised help for Gaviola.

In a separate interview, as Badjao girl gets promise of aid, his father Danny said as quoted: “I don’t want them (children) to beg. But hunger forces us”. 

Allegedly, it was known that Danny, and his family traveled to Lucena City from Zamboanga to “escape poverty.”

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