The wheels of change really has something planned for Rita Gaviola or more popularly known as the Badjao Girl.
She caught the public’s attention when a Lucena City based photographer Topher Quinto Burgos took a picture of her as she was begging in the streets during the Pahiyas festival. After noticing her model like figure and striking looks, including gorgeous eyes and a jawline one would kill for, Quinto just had to photograph her.
Rita used to live in Barra City in Lucena in a shaft near a concerete sea wall together with her family. They escaped Zamboanga City to alleviate their social status but ended up begging for food in Lucena. It was not an easy life for them.
She related that they do not eat three meals a day, and to have rice and viand on their dining tables is already a big luxury for her family.
Rita also was computer illiterate and not adept to the techonological age so she did not know that she was already famous until a child showed her the picture online.
Fortunately for Rita, a single photo of her changed her life. People flooded her family with donations. Not only that, even the Badjao community got the exposure and help they needed because of Rita’s popularity.
Fast forward to 2017, Rita already did several photoshoots with top of the line photographer, she was also given a chance to become one of the teen housemates in the latest edition of Pinoy Big Brother.