Topher Burgos shares what made him take photos of Rita during the Pahiyas Festival.
It is no secret that former Pinoy Big Brother
teen housemate ‘Badjao Girl’ Rita Gaviola got discovered after her viral photo circulated on social media last Summer. As she joined the seventh season of PBB, people came to know that she was a street child who strives hard to help her family.
During Magandang Buhay’s Tuesday episode, September 13, Topher Burgos, the one who discovered Rita and posted her picture online, said that he saw something different in her that made him take her photo.
“Meron po kasing kakaiba kay Rita na parang pang-model ‘yung tingin ko sa kanya na maganda… Actually, may hawak siyang noodles, eh. So nakita ko ‘yung postura ng paghawak niya sa noodles, ‘yung paghawak niya ‘dun sa kapatid niyang bunso. ‘Yun, ‘dun ko nakita ‘yung may kakaiba dito,” he said, adding that he found her beauty exotic.
Meanwhile, Rita also took the opportunity to thank him. Seemingly trying to hold back tears, the PBB teen housemate said, “Masaya lang ako kung hindi dahil sa kanya, parang ‘yun nga po. Sobra po akong nagpapasalamat sa kanya. Kahit papano, natulungan niya ‘yung mga pamilya ko.”
Topher advised her, “’Wag mo lang kakalimutan ‘yung mga magulang mo. Kay Jesus, lagi kang magdasal. ‘Yung mga ka-tribo mo, ‘wag mong kakalimutan.”
Topher discovered the 13-year-old Rita during the Pahiyas festival in Lucena, Quezon last May.