Ipinakita ni Sinulog Festival Queen 2020 na si Monika Afable sa mga netizens na kahit isa na siyang titleholder ay pwede pa rin siyang maging totoo sa kanyang sarili sa kanilang bayan sa Borongan City, Eastern Samar.
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Noong nakaraang linggo, July 12, 2020 ang mga larawan ni Afable ay mabilis na kumalat online kung saan makikitang nagtitinda ito ng “Biridbirid” sa kanilang lugar.
Dahil sa mabilis na pagtrending ng larawan, napatanong ang mga netizens kung bakit ang isang 17-year old beauty queen ay nagtitinda ng “biridbirid” o mas kilala sa lugar nila na “siakoy”.
Ayon sa ulat ng CebuDailyNews.inquirer:
In a message sent by Afable to CDN Digital, she said that she did it because she wanted to save up for her own expenses while helping her family.
She said that they had been selling “biridbirid” since she was still in grade four, but she had to stop last March due to the lockdown.
“We started selling again yesterday. I help my grandmother in preparing and I also sell it. Half kami nang kikitan-in kasi gusto ko mag save kasi kulang pa yung pera ko pang bili ng puppy hehe,” she said.
(We started selling again yesterday. I help my grandmother in preparing and I also sell it. We split the profit because I like to save some for myself because I am still short on the money to buy a puppy.)
With no makeup, minus the lavish gowns and headdresses, Afable in her casual clothes still managed to look beautiful while carrying a container full of “biridbirid” which she sells for P10 apiece.
Being a titleholder and a beauty queen, Afable said that it could not stop her from helping her family in ways she could, especially now that she could not join competitions and earn due to the pandemic.
“No, I am not ashamed. My grandmother always told me that you should not be ashamed of anything as long as you will not harm anyone. I also love helping my family, help my grandma, because by this I can help her and I love to see her smile,” she added.