Andrew Wolff is PH bet to the 2012 Mister World

Andrew Wolff, a Filipino-British model and member of the Philippine Volcanoes, is the Philippine bet to the 2012 Mister World pageant in England.
Cory Quirino is sending yet another strong Philippine representative to an international pageant. After the impressive performance of our Miss World delegates–Gwendolyn Ruais won 1st runner up in 2011 and Queenierich Rehman placed in the semis a couple of months ago–the new franchise holder has recently appointed Andrew Wolff to be the official Philippine delegate to the 2012 Mister World pageant.

And i must say, Wolff is the perfect choice!

Quirino revealed that more than 25 other candidates were considered in a “private judging,” which was held instead of holding a national competition because of time constraint. She said the Miss World organization has granted the pageant license for Mister World to her company Global Quest, Inc., only three weeks ago.

Quirino told the members of the press that their criteria in choosing the country’s representative to Mister World were as follows:

* smart
* strong and competitive
* tech-savvy and into social media
* possesses a winning smile
* able to participate in the “army combat competition”

The 6’2″ tall professional athlete and TV personality, who fits all the criteria above, accepted the challenge earlier this week after he arrived from the Philippine Volcanoes’ historical stint in Singapore where the national team finished 3rd in the Asian 7 series and qualified for next year’s Rugby World Cup 7s in Moscow.

Andrew Wolff will compete against 55 other candidates for the Mister World title which is happening at the Kent County Showground, Kent, England this November 24, 2012.
"I was speechless and flattered," he relates.  "But I was afraid I will just be one of them."

Cory convinced him otherwise.

"Mr. World is looking for a representative who can project well on stage.  Andrew has extensive modeling experience.  In the list of requirements, he has a check on everything," the pageant organizer explains.

Besides, everything just fell into place.   The Volcanoes won't start preparing for  the next big competition till  next year. Andrew's schedule is clear. So after three days, he got back to Cory and told her it's a go.

"I'll do my best for the Philippines," he promised. "Pinoys are very friendly and warm.  Dadalhin ko 'yon sa competition."

It's not the first time Andrew is representing the Philippines.  He did it — with much success — as  member of the Philippine Volcanoes.

This time, Andrew doesn't have the comfort of numbers behind him.  He's on his own.

His showbiz background will come in handy when he sings and dances in the talent portion of the contest.

Not just about winning
Still, he knows it's anybody's ballgame.  And he's prepared for anything.

"It's not just about winning.  It's about taking part.  Being one of the candidates is already a privilege. I feel lucky and I want to thank everyone involved."

Andrew also wants his kababayan to like the Mr. World-Philippines Facebook page and help him win the Social Media award, a new category in the 22-year-old international pageant.

"We Filipinos are so fond of social media.  Let's use this to rally behind Andrew," Cory pleads.

She and his manager, Arnold Vegafria, are not the only ones rallying behind Andrew.  So, too, are many others who believe in the changed man they see before him.

Andrew has put the dark shades of showbiz scandals behind him. He has started on a clean slate. Talk about pleasant turnarounds, and you see Andrew's tall, buffed physique looming large before you.

"The only one who can judge me is God," he says.  "Everyone deserves a chance to do the best they can in life. Everyone has his issues. No one's  perfect.  But I'll do the best for the Philippines."

Andrew's is  the classic case of someone who fell and not only lived to tell the story.  He is a shining example of someone who can move on so well, he is leaving a trail for sports fans and admirers of complete turnarounds to follow.

Andrew's formula?

"Don't give up.  Always pray.  Look at me.  I'm now an athlete.  I'll be in the World Cup next year.  God willing, I'll have no injuries. And I'm representing the Philippines in  Mr. World.  I can be an inspiration to others who want to uplift their lives and change."

Andrew walks the talk. And you can't help sit up and notice.

MEET: Mister World 2012 Contestants
NEWS: Mister World 2012 to be held in England this November 24

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