Sep 5, 2011

From Badjao to Goodjao

The Badjao people are one of the ethnic groups who migrated to key cities in the Philippines. They always have the sea as source of their income. How? By begging or asking you to throw money in the water for them to dive on. But most often they really are begging. I experienced being spit on by some of them.  I do not like to give. They have this style of begging when you give one of their companions they will go rushing to you and ask for more. I really find them annoying sometimes.
  Years have passed but they become productive now. I saw some groups of children being educated in some barangays. They were also train to make some burloloys and other ornaments.
      One day I enjoy my usual walking and buying at the market. I was looking for some used clothes stalls a.k.a  "ukay-ukay".  If and when I needed some costumes for a certain school related activities I choose used clothes. It is cheap and durable. As I continue to look and search in the mountain full of used clothes. I was also elbow to elbow with some Badjao. I was looking at them they were really busy choosing also some clothes. See how used clothes help people to wrap their body. I left as I found what I am looking for. As I walked a group of Badjao also are busy putting all those used clothes in a hanger. Where are they going to put it? They have big cabinets in the market. Now I know they are selling it. They become a walking ukay ukay stalls selected items. They become productive. I remember after that I bought a short for my daughter. She liked it very much and she said "how young she becomes a business woman...” referring to young girl carrying all the used clothes in a bunch of hangers. They become GOODJAO.


  1. Panalo talaga ang mga badjao... masipag at matyaga .. yan ang dapat na ugali ng mga negosyante...

  2. Mas okay yun kesa sa gumawa sila ng mali.. magnakaw, mangholdup. Ang galing naman, negosyante. Goodjao nga. hehehe..

  3. Thank you for sharing this article!
    Very nice Blog!

  4. in fairness nman sa mga badjao that you have mentioned in here are hard working unlike badjaos in our place that always goes around asking for money. sometimes it is too annoying and they wouldn't stop following you til you give them a penny. though its heart breaking to see them being what they are at the moment, they still need to earn the money they deserve.