One photo changed Rita Gaviola’s life.
Rita Gaviola or popularly known as “Badjao Girl” is one of the lucky teen housemates in the latest season of Pinoy Big Brother
During a sharing activity, Rita told her fellow teen housemates what life was like before her photo, where she was carrying her sibling, went viral.
The 13-year-old said that she was still a kid when they moved homes. She has five other siblings and only 4 of them are studying. Her family traveled from Zamboanga all the way to Lucena City in Quezon.
Rita shared she helps her mother with some household chores whenever she’s not in school. Rita also goes out to beg when she’s not doing anything to augment the family’s financial resources since her mom is just a laundry woman while her dad was a rubbish collector.
Then one day, everything changed when Topher Quinto Burgo candidly photographed her during the Pahiyas Festival.
“Swerte po ako dahil ako po ‘yung na-picturan at hindi ko po akalain na magbabago po ang buhay ng pamilya ko,” she said.
Her fellow teen housemates could not help but feel emotional over Rita’s story, as she has been through a lot of hardship at a very young age.
WATCH: 'Badjao Girl's' emotional entrance to the PBB house
To get updated on Rita, you can watch her on Pinoy Big Brother: Lucky Season 7 weeknights, before Born For You on ABS-CBN.