‘Sampaguita Girl’ receives attention from some devotees during Traslacion 2019

  • Sampaguita vendor received attention during the Traslacion 2019
  • She went viral prior to the start of 2019 because of her beauty
  • Veronica Rodillas was featured in a famous photographer’s photo book
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The beautiful face of a sampaguita vendor in the streets of Quiapo received attention on Wednesday from the devotees of the Black Nazarene.

According to a GMA News story, some devotees bought garlands from Veronica Rodillas and then asked if they can take a picture with her.

Sampaguita Girl’s fame resurfaced last year prior to the start of 2019 because of her impeccable beauty after several netizens took photos of the girl who sells garlands along the streets mostly near churches and shopping malls. The photographs were then uploaded on Facebook which garnered gazillions of attention.

Social media people were quick to praise the girl’s features such as her black hair, girl next door looks, and perfect body shape.

In an interview, the vendor said she started selling flowers when she was five years old to help her mother.

When asked if she wants to try showbiz, she said, “Ang hirap po sagutin kasi nakasanayan ko na pong magtinda tapos tumulong sa mama ko.” [It’s hard to answer because I’ve been used to selling and helping my mother.”

Image capture from Instanews PH’s YouTube video

She was featured in a photobook titled “Life’s Arcade: Quiapo” by professional photographer Rick Rocamora.

The much-younger Rodillas could be seen in the photo book, as she sells around Quiapo church.

“She was a recipient of financial help to cover some of her college expenses for a time period from an anonymous benefactor,” Rocamora wrote.

The photos which included her and her fellow Quiapo vendors were displayed in the Jorge Vargas Museum at the University of the Philippines — Diliman.

In an interview with 24 Oras, she disclosed she’s so overwhelmed over her newfound fame.

“Nagulat po ako, gawa nga po nung nag-viral ‘yung picture ko, kasi ‘di ba po kadalasan may nagpapa-picture mga artista o ‘yung mga taong may nagagawang mabuti.”

[I was shocked because my picture went viral. Isn’t it that people want to take a photograph mostly with celebrities and those who did good.]

Image capture from Instanews PH’s YouTube video