- Shin Palonan and her family from Benguet traveled all the way to Metro Manila to represent her ethnic group in Willie Revillame’s show, ‘Wowowin’
- Her family had to sleep in the bus terminal while sitting down in the hopes of joining the show
- Palonan’s parents reminded her to finish her studies first so she could have a better life
Willie Revillame’s game-variety show, ‘Wowowin,’ was known for its generous ways of helping Filipinos. Last August 29, it also had the opportunity to showcase the struggles of a woman from Benguet who traveled all the way to Manila represent her ethnic group.
The contestant named Shin Joy Palonan traveled with her parents in the hopes of participating in the show’s segment, ‘Willie of Fortune.’
On that day, the participants of the show were all good-looking ladies who resided on provinces. Due to her parents’ dedication in watching the show, Palonan found out about the criteria and decided to try out her luck.
Palonan was first asked to introduce herself in her native language. In there, she proudly announced that she was an Igorot.
When inquired of her residency, Palonan shared that she was from Itogon, Benguet and was part of the ethnic group, ‘Ibalois.’ Aside from wanting to give her family a better life, she also wished to represent Igorots who, according to her, were often cast-off.
Given the distance of Benguet from Metro Manila, Revillame asked where they spent the night during their stay. Unfortunately for Palonan’s family, they had to sleep in the bus terminal since they don’t know anyone personally in the city.
The tv-host was puzzled on how they were able to doze off in an uncomfortable place. At first, Palonan laughed off the question but later on, she also shed some tears upon narrating that they just sat down.
Revillame broke the ice when he asked how many they were in the family. The Benguet-native answered that there are 14 of them then proceeded to introduce her parents, Mario and Edith, to the audience.
Edith gave wise words to her daughter and urged her to finish her studies so she won’t share the same poor fate with them. Meanwhile, Mario reminded his daughter to value her education because it’s the only thing they can leave her with.
In the end, the kind-hearted Revillame asked the staff to help her family check in a hotel while waiting for a bus on their trip back home.
The several Austronesian ethnic groups who reside in the mountains of Luzon were called Igorot. They can be from Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Kalinga, and even Baguio City.