Viral beautiful Badjao girl catches Baste Duterte's attention

Viral beautiful Badjao girl catches Baste Duterte's attention

Reluctant heartthrob and presidential son Baste Duterte showed on Facebook what his ideal girl looks like and the internet goes wild.

According to Duterte, his type is the indigenous looks of the "beautyslayer" herself, the young Lumad girl whose photo recently went viral on social media.

Duterte wrote: "Basig curious lang mo unsay tipo nako nga itsura sa babae. Nara o. Pildiha ni #badjao #lumad (You might be curious what my type of woman looks like. Here. Beat this #badjao #lumad)."

His post had already gathered 64,000 likes and more than 3,500 shares.

Dubbed as "Badjao Girl," the teenager in the photograph is Rita Gabriola, 13 years old. She was photographed by Topher Quinto at the Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon while begging for alms with her sibling.

Her photos immediately went viral after Quinto posted them on his Facebook page. Netizens marveled at her poise and her model looks. Some also compared her to former PBB housemate Ylona Garcia.

According to Quinto, he did not expect the post to go viral, but he is glad that people want to help Gabriola because of the photos he took.

"Hindi ko po alam na magva-viral siya. Pero nung pinost ko sa Facebook, bigla po siyang nag-viral at ang dami pong gustong tumulong sa kanya," said Quinto.

(I did not expect it to go viral. But when I posted it on Facebook, it suddenly went viral and a lot of people wanted to help her.)

Gabriola, after learning of her newfound fame through people who showed the post to her, hopes that the outpouring of support could help her fulfill her dreams of helping her family out of poverty.

She said she hopes to go to school and become 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 sa'kin ng tatay ko, gusto niya kong mapag-aral. Kasi kami na lang po ang pag-asa naming magkakapatid," said Gabriola.

(I want to be a teacher because I want to help little children like my siblings. I want to send them to school. My father also said he wants me to go to school. Because we are our only hope for a better future.)


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