Model and professional rugby player Andrew Wolff will be representing the Philippines in Mr. World, which will be held in Kent, England, on November 24.
The 26-year-old Volcanoes team member was chosen among male models from different agencies since there was no time to hold a competition.
Andrew will be competing with 60 other male representatives from different countries all over the world.
According to appointed licensee Ms. Cory Quirino, the Mr. World competition will include a sports competition as well as an Army Assault course.
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Cory said, “When I saw army assault, I said, ‘Naku, we have to send someone very athletic ‘cause apart from the sports, there’s army assault workshop!’”
Just last Saturday, November 3, the Philippine national rugby team, which Andrew is a member of, clinched a spot in the Rugby World Cup Sevens after finishing third in the HSBC Asian Sevens Series in Singapore.
With the Rugby World Cup taking place in Moscow next year, the timing couldn’t be better for Andrew.
Aside from playing rugby, the 6’2” Fil-Brit is actually a level 6 violin player and has dancing skills to boot.
BRAIN AND BRAWN PAGEANT. Cory said that Mr. World is a "brain and brawn" pageant and, she asserts, Andrew has both.
Gifted with athleticism and a killer smile, she believes that Andrew has a great chance of winning “the crown.”
On his reaction upon hearing the news, Andrew said, “Well, speechless. A... flattered.”
He also admitted that there was hesitation at first, but upon learning that the competition is more on sports, he was finally persuaded to join.
“Medyo reluctant ako nung una but they convinced me that I was the candidate for the job this year.
“So, sabi ko, sige, I’ll give it a go and I’ll do the best I can,” he said.
How does he plan to represent the Filipinos?
Andrew replied, “The Filipino people are very friendly and, you know, warm people. Dadalhin ko yun sa competition.
“Also that culture of being very family-oriented, so mapi-feel nila yun sa ’kin. And I’ll be friendly to everyone, respect everyone.
“Cause that’s the thing—Pinoy pride, discipline, respect, yun po yung dadalhin ko.”
SECOND CHANCE. In 2006, Andrew was mired in a string of controversies which suggested him being involved in violence. These incidents forced him to take a hiatus from showbiz. (CLICK HERE to read related article)
But now that he’s back, Andrew is grateful for the second chance.
He said, “I shouldn’t be judged. The only person that can judge me is God.
“And everyone deserves a chance to perform and do the best they can in life.
“Everyone has their issues in life, no one’s perfect, but I’ll do the best I can for the Philippines and I hope you trust me.
“I’m grateful na they trusted me to represent Mr. World in England,” he said.
His message to all those who like him who has stained past but would like to redeem themselves?
Andrew said, “You know, don’t give up, always pray and you know, things can turn around.
“Look at me before and look at me now.
"I’m [an] athlete, I’m gonna be in the World Cup next year, God-willing, I don’t get any injuries and I’m representing the Philippines in Mr. World.
“So, for me, just looking at my life and yung mga nangyari sa ‘kin, I think I can be an inspiration to others that wanna life their lives up and change.”