Wolff’s Story And Christmas Wish

Sometimes bad publicity, even if it is not true, can scar a person for life. The first Mr. World Philippines and first runner-up to the worldwide competition Andrew Wolff is not new to bad publicity. ''They knew I had a dodgy background, they knew about my roller coaster lifestyle. But I think Mr. World judges you for what you are now and not what you were before,'' he told me.

I never met the old Andrew Wolff but I did read about his past brawls, fights with his girlfriend, staying overnight at a Boracay precinct due to violent misdemeanors, even rumors that he was gay. But the Andrew Wolff I met was the total opposite of these nasty write-ups.

For one, he left London to live in the Philippines to be with his ex-girlfriend Gwen Garci. He was respectful, intelligent and carried himself with the essence of a true Mr. World winner.

''Mr. World is supposed to be the search for the most desirable man in the world. I wouldn't agree with that because I won second place. Hahaha!''

Wolff even has a good sense of humor. So why all these rumors that he doesn't deserve to be Mr. Philippines?

The Reluctant Candidate

Cory Quirino was only able to get the Mr. World franchise two weeks before the competition. She interviewed several eligible bachelors, including Wolff who left days after for Singapore with the Philippine Volcanoes to represent the country. When he came back, his manager Arnold Vegafria told him that he was chosen as Mr. World Philippines to represent our country.

With no more time for a formal competition - as the Mr. World finals was to commence in UK in three days, Wolff said, ''The only reason I accepted the title was because I wanted to see my mom who I haven't visited for four years. My brother and sister have not seen me for six years,'' he related.

Difficult Challenges

But the road to becoming Mr. World Philippines was not easy.

''There were extreme sports challenges that required us to do the British military obstacle course and part of it was swimming in rivers at three degrees,'' he said.

''Sometimes I felt like giving up but Mr. World gave me a second chance in life and I was not about to blow that. I won the multi-media challenge wherein we were supposed to shoot and edit a 14-minute documentary and I chose the Canterbury Church, the birthplace of Christianity in the United Kingdom.''

So obviously, there's more to Mr. World than just a competition of looks; it requires brains and a lot of communication skills.

''There is no bikini portion at all and if there was one, then I wouldn't have a chance to win because all the contestants had chiseled bodies. It was not a beauty contest as well; [if it was] I would lose again because my competitors were extremely handsome and were popular athletes and celebrities in their respective countries. Your ranking in each category counts towards your being Mr. World. Luckily, I was always in the top four.''

There were several categories: sports, extreme sports, multimedia, fashion, talent and the formal interviews. After the final pageant, the reluctant candidate emerged as the second most desirable man on earth. Not bad for your resumé, Andrew.

Coming Home

''I was excited to come home and tell everyone the news. Moreover I was happy that Cory Quirino's decision to choose me as Mr. Philippines was vindicated,'' Wolff tells me.

When I asked him for his Christmas wish, he told me in all honesty, ''Everyone deserves a second chance. I hope that the Filipino fans can give me one as well just like the Mr. World franchise did.''

Giselle Sanchez is a stand-up comedienne in both English and Filipino, singer, TV and movie actress and a corporate events host. You can e-mail her at giselleoffice@gmail.com. She will have a comedy concert at Ratskys Abu Dhabi on Dec. 28, 2012.


Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • TV depiction of Colombia's only saint angers her devotees
    TV depiction of Colombia's only saint angers her devotees

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — For weeks, billboards on buses and television spots have been announcing what promises to be Colombia's next big prime-time sensation. …

  • Oculus debuts virtual reality film 'Henry'
    Oculus debuts virtual reality film 'Henry'

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Oculus is hedging its bets that an adorable critter named Henry can help convince consumers — and Hollywood — about the viability of virtual reality as a storytelling medium. …

  • 'Outlander' Casts King Louis XV
    'Outlander' Casts King Louis XV

    "Outlander" actor Sam Heughan Tweeted early Tuesday morning that he had some "new actors to 'play with,'"and hours later there was a new, Season 2 casting reveal from Starz. …

  • Review: "Tour" a worthy look at artist as reluctant subject
    Review: "Tour" a worthy look at artist as reluctant subject

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Many journalists who have written feature profiles of public figures will have experienced that light-bulb moment, once the cautious mutual-assessment phase is concluded and you start digging for the meat, when the subject perhaps casually reveals some illuminating aspect of him- or herself around which the entire article can be built. Those moments come thick and fast in "The End of the Tour," James Ponsoldt's exquisitely elegiac film about David Foster Wallace, examined …

  • NBC cancels Poehler comedy project 'Welcome to Sweden'
    NBC cancels Poehler comedy project 'Welcome to Sweden'

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — U.S. viewers aren't going to see the love story on TV's "Welcome to Sweden" play out. …

  • Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth ready to be a normal couple
    Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth ready to be a normal couple

    NEW YORK (AP) — Now that they're finally engaged, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth are ready to go on their first real-world date. …

  • Actress Birkin asks Hermes to remove her name from croc bag

    By Astrid Wendlandt PARIS (Reuters) - Actress and singer Jane Birkin has asked Hermes to remove her name from one of the luxury goods maker's best-selling bags due to what she called "cruel" crocodile farming and slaughtering practices. "I have asked Hermes to rename the Birkin Croco until they adopt better practices that meet international standards for the production of this bag," Birkin said in a statement to the media on Tuesday. Birkin said she had signed actor Joaquin Phoenix's Mercy …

  • 'The Martian' to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival
    'The Martian' to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The blockbuster summer movie season is still going strong, but the Toronto International Film Festival provided a peek Tuesday at some of the movies and performances that could help set the tone for the upcoming awards season. …

  • Beyonce's unretouched L'Oreal photos only latest in her long history of Photoshop controvers …

    Beyonce's unretouched L'Oreal photos only latest in her long history of Photoshop controvers …

    Celebrity News - Fri, Feb 20, 2015 1:47 AM PHT
    Beyonce's unretouched L'Oreal photos only latest in her long history of Photoshop controvers …

    Beyonce’s #Flawless image is embroiled in controversy once again. On Wednesday, a web site called The Beyonce World leaked 224 allegedly raw photos of the musician. The images showed Bey in full makeup for the 2013 L’Oreal ad campaign — but with the kinds of “imperfections” we all have — beauty marks, bumps, creases. In the wake of Cindy Crawford’s unretouched photos, the images have been praised by critics of a beauty industry that sets impossibly high standards, standards that Queen Bey …

  • Taylor Swift reveals ‘Style’ video

    Taylor Swift reveals ‘Style’ video

    omg - Sat, Feb 14, 2015 12:14 AM PHT
    Taylor Swift reveals ‘Style’ video

    The 25-year-old released the video for her third cut from platinum selling album 1989. …

  • My mother-in-law’s personal encounter with the pope

    My mother-in-law’s personal encounter with the pope

    Write Away - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 2:29 PM PHT
    My mother-in-law’s personal encounter with the pope

    For my mother-in-law Mrs. Elsa Yrastorza Yuzon, flying and soaring in the skies is part of her normal routine. But it reached new heights when Pope Francis boarded Shepherd One. …