Gimarino cries for IPs
Miss Millennial candidate and reigning Saniata ti Nueva Vizcaya Nicole Jane L. Gimarino could not stop her tears for Indigenous People (IP) during the press conference (TARIPNONG) conducted by Public Affairs and Information Assistance Division (PAIAD) at Provincial Tourism Office function room on September 6.
Gimarino who belongs to the Gaddang tribe felt so much heartbreak as she was relating her experience during her visit to one of the upland barangays of the province.
“During our get together in that community, some of their Sanguniang Kabataan (SK) opened-up their sad stories to me, telling me that they are still discriminated in the community specially in the lowlands. According to them, there was an instance that when they bring their sick to a certain hospital where there is more advance technology but what they had experience was humiliation, because the hospital staff did not attend to their patient immediately, and look down at them as if they were very poor and had no money to pay for hospitalization,” Gimarino said.
Board Member Flodemonte S. Gerdan, who was also present during the press conference, showed his sympathy to Gimarino and explained to her that the provincial government has many programs for the IPs.
But Gerdan who belongs to the Igorot tribe, challenged the IP youth, said “There may be some isolated cases, that we are discriminated but prove them that they are wrong. In fact nowadays, IPs are already equal with non-IPs, we already have professionals; we have doctors, lawyers, teachers, and even politicians,”Gerdan explained.
On the other part, Gimarino shared her experienced at “Eat Bulaga”, the longest running noon time show in the country during the pre-pageant of “Miss Millennial 2019” third edition. She also asked the support of her province mates in her bid to win the Miss Millenial 2019 as she is going to compete with other 39 beauties nationwide. #mccd