Rita Gaviola aka "Badjao Girl" made headlines recently after she expressed her desire via social media to join the Miss Universe pageant in the future.
Rita spoke to DJ Jhai Ho in an episode of Hotspot on September 28 and shared the story behind her viral post on Instagram.
She remarked that it has always been her dream to join the said beauty pageant.
“Nag-post po kasi ako tapos nag-caption ako na sasali na tayo sa Miss U. Kasi gusto ko din naman po. Dream ko din naman 'yung ganun. Dati talaga, before ako mag-viral, gusto ko makapagsuot ako ng gown. Sabi ko sa sarili ko at sa kaibigan ko, one day makakapagsuot ako ng ganito. Hindi man sa ngayon pero soon talaga,” she told DJ Jhai Ho.
Rita added that she thought of posting about it on social media because a lot of people have been asking her if she is interested in joining Miss Universe someday.
“Naisipan kong i-post 'yun kasi maraming nagtatanong sa akin, ‘Bakit hindi mo i-try? Mag-join ka sa mga pageant. Bagay 'yung mukha mo,’” she relayed.
The aspiring beauty queen said that she was really surprised about the many reactions that her post received online.
"Nagulat akong maraming nag-comment. May mga negative, hindi mo naman maiiwasan 'yung negative... Nagulat ako na meron din namang mga positive," she remarked.
But Rita said that she thinks she is not yet qualified to join a pageant and she would like to train first before joining.
"May mga bagay pang kailangan kong i-train 'yung sarili ko. Hindi kasi ito parang [laro] lang. Kumbaga kailangan mo maghanda para kapag sumalang ka, ready ka na at may confidence ka na sa sarili mo. Kailangan mo ng mahabang training para sa ganyan,” she stated.
She added that she wants to focus on her studies first