Maureen Wroblewitz fulfills grandmother’s wish

October 23, 2018
Maureen Wroblewitz
Maureen Wroblewitz

AFTER her successful foray in the modeling world, Maureen Wroblewitz, the first Filipina to win "Asia's Next Top Model (ASNTM)," sashays her way into the local television scene as the newest addition to the Eat Bulaga family.

The half-Filipina, half-German beauty surprised many when she made her noontime television debut in the program’s hit segment “Barangay Jokers”. Since then, the 20-year-old dabbles in different portions of the show.

Maureen disclosed that she had to decline offers from two competing networks when she decided to join “Eat Bulaga”. She said the driving force behind her decision was the longtime dream of her 82-year-old maternal grandmother, Iluminada Pojas, to see her regularly in the longest-running noontime variety show in the country.

"I've known the show since I was a little and I know that it is being watched by millions worldwide. As a matter of fact, my grandmother religiously watches it. It's her longtime wish to see me regularly on television and me joining Eat Bulaga is, in a way, fulfilling that wish. At the same time, I want to try something new, venture into an unknown territory -- live television. And what better way to do that than to be part of the longest and most successful program in the country," she said.

Jeny Ferre, SVP for Creatives and Operations of Eat Bulaga, said that she and the management were impressed by the model’s determination, passion and fighting spirit. And that “Eat Bulaga” likes to give opportunities to young people who dare to dream, just like Maureen.

"She's a natural and has so much potential. When you talk to her, she has that charm and you'll really feel that she's here to prove something of herself. We like that attitude. She's eager to show what she can do and at the same time very open to new ideas," she said.

Ferre added that Maureen will eventually participate in other program segments but will just take one step at a time. She said they want her to fully embrace and adapt to live television. "She's a model and it is understandable that she is not used to the television life. But she can very well carve her own path in this industry and we're happy to be part of that."

Admittedly, Maureen said she has a long way to go and is still getting used to working on a live television show and in front of a big audience. But she’s looking forward to meeting everyone in Eat Bulaga and to learn from her co-hosts.

"I still get nervous and I admire people who work live on television because it's not easy. I just try to calm myself down and get help from the people who have always been there for me. It's scarier but it is fun. I actually enjoy it."

As for the negative comments she’s getting for her lack of television experience or her poor Tagalog speaking skills, the model said she’d rather focus on the positives rather than the negatives.

"People always ask me if I get affected. Of course I get affected, I'd be lying if I say I didn't. But I learned how to handle it and I think it is normal, sometimes I even laugh at the comments. I read it but I don't really focus on them. I've already anticipated that I'll have bashers even after winning ASNTM. If you decide to be in the public eye, not everyone is going to like you.”