Robby Tarroza voted Mr. Congeniality in Mr. Gay International

by Erwin Santiago
Nov 7, 2006
Former film heartthrob and show promoter Robby Tarroza was named Mr. Congeniality in this year's Mr. Gay International held last October 28 at Palm Springs, California.

In the official website of the said pageant,, it was said that, "the title for Mr. Congeniality, voted on by his fellow contestants, was awarded to Mr. Gay Philippines."

The title Mr. Gay International was won by the candidate from Israel. First runner-up was Mr. USA while Mr. Netherlands took home the 2nd runner-up prize. The event was hosted by Bruce Vilanch.

Other countries represented in the 2006 Mr. Gay International were Australia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Morocco, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Vatican City, and Mexico.

In his bio for the Mr. Gay International, it is said that Robby's (Robert Tarroza Stewart in real life) career is a "professional international commercial model."

This is also written in his bio: "Currently, I am looking into retirement in the next 5 years to concentrate in fulfilling a dream to help the less fortunate gay children in Third World countries that are always the center of ridicule and community outcasts. Hopefully, within the next five years, I will have raised enough funds to operate a support center for children with such problems in order to help them learn to know that gays in society should never be considered a liability, but more as an asset. Important values taught to the young gay youth is what will allow us to gain mutual respect and acceptance in all walks of life."

It can be recalled that Robby was first introduced in the early ‘90s as a matinee idol in several films and TV shows. During that time, there were already talks questioning his sexuality.

Later on, he quit show business and resurfaced years later as a show promoter, together with business partner and ex-boyfriend Joed Serrano. By then, rumors that Robby is gay was confirmed.

Robby and Joed figured prominently in the deportation issue of Rudy Fernandez, Alma Moreno and several others in Japan last October 2005.
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