‘I will never forget this’: After 14 years of existence ‘Badjao Girl’ finally had a birthday celebration

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  • ‘Badjao Girl’ Rita Gaviola expresses gratitude to those who made her happy on her 14th birthday
  • The former PBB Lucky Season 7 housemate said it was the first time she celebrated her birthday and she will never forget this
  • The beautiful teenager became popular after a photographer  posted a photo of her online

“Hinding-hindi ko po malilimutan ang kaarawang ito,”  PBB Lucky Season 7 housemate Rita Gaviola expressed.

[I will never ever forget this birthday.]

On Facebook, Gaviola, who is popularly known as “Badjao Girl”, took time to thank everyone who made it to her 14th birthday; saying it was her first time to celebrate her birthday.

Maraming salamat po sa mga pumunta. Maraming maraming salamat po sa ‘yo Mami Grace, ipinaranas mo sa ‘kin ang ganitong klaseng kaarawan,” she wrote.

[Thank you so much to those who came to my birthday celebration. Thank you so much, Mami Grace, for giving me a chance to experience this kind of birthday celebration.]

Gaviola also thanked her family, friends, and supporters.

Maraming salamat po sa mga nagbigay ng message kahit po nasa malayong lugar kayo…. Sa mga kapatid ko sa Power Casting, mga teachers, Bal Fenech Veloso, Ate Vivoree, Ate Baninay, sa Tatay ko na lumuwas pa para masamahan ako na i-celebrate ito, maraming-maraming salamat po,” she said.

[Thank you so much to those who sent their messages to me even though you’re far away…. To my “siblings” at Power Casting, to my teachers, to Bal Fenech Veloso, to Ate Vivoree, to Ate Baninay, to my father who traveled from the province to celebrate with me, thank you so much.]

Gaviola said she will never forget her 14th birthday.

Hinding-hindi ko po malilimutan ang kaarawan kong it, dahil first time ko pong mag-celebrate ng birthday,” she expressed.

[I will never ever forget this birthday because this is my first time to celebrate my birthday.]

Mahal na mahal ko po kayong lahat,” she added.

[I love you all, very much.]

‘Badjao Girl’

Gaviola, a lovely Badjao, became popular after she was spotted along the streets of Lucban, Quezon. She was seen wandering around streets while asking for alms in order to feed her family when Topher Quinto, a professional photographer, was captivated by her physical features.

Quinto took photos of her as she continues to beg for food or money from any stranger along her way.

“Masaya lang po ako at nagpapasalamat ako kay Kuya Topher, ako po ang napili niya. Kaya sobra-sobrang pasasalamat ko sa kanya [I am happy and thankful to Kuya Topher for choosing me as his subject. I am really grateful for what he has done],” Gabiola said in a previous interview.