How YouTube Star Dwaine Woolley Fell in Love With the Philippines

Updated: Mar 9, 2020


You may have seen Dwaine Woolley in the viral "English Only Prank" videos in Siargao, Divisoria, and Cebu. In the videos, the Australian-born YouTube star surprises netizens with his impressive Tagalog and Bisaya after starting off the conversation in English.

Before moving to the Philippines, Dwaine was in a pop/reggae band called Mayan Fox, and performed at concerts in Australia and New Zealand. He was also working hard to save up money to serve a mission. His first-ever visit to the Philippines was in 2011, an assignment given to him by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Dwaine only knew a few things about the Southeast Asian nation before embarking on his mission.


During his stay, he fell in love with the country and the Filipino culture of being grateful for everything, even the smallest blessings. The Filipino culture of gratitude completely changed Dwaine's view on life. The more he immersed himself in the country's traditions and interacted with the locals, the more he felt that his destiny was in the Philippines. Eventually, he found a career as a creative there and even met the love of his life.