Derek Ramsay does not plan to leave showbiz. “I don’t wanna forget that side of me,” he says. “I’ve given up a lot, I’ve sacrificed a lot to explore this new talent that I have and at the same time enjoy.”

In this photo: Derek was had goosebumps upon seeing the shirt he was wearing when he got injured late last year.

Photo: Melo Balingit

Derek Ramsay is determined to play on the field again to represent the country in the World Cup of Frisbee.

Before this game, however, he is challenged to convince his girlfriend, actress Angelica Panganiban, to let him play in July.

Derek said Angelica has taken his passport so he could not join the game.

 “[Angelica] said, ‘Itatago ko ang passport mo. Hindi ka pupunta sa Japan sa July. If you do it’s over,’” he related when PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other media interviewed him in Boracay recently.

But the actor said that Angelica was just playing around. He’s still hoping to change her mind before the event.

“We’re in good terms. She’s just playing hard to get. I’ll be able to twist her, hopefully. I told her that she should just come with me,” he said.

Derek could not blame the actress for being hard on him because he had been injured while playing Frisbee for several times already.

The most recent incident happened late last year, when the celebrity athlete broke his ulna and radial bones on his left arm during the finals of the Manila Spirits Ultimate Frisbee tournament held at the Ayala Alabang Country Club.

But this incident could not stop Derek from playing for one last time. He swore that the World Cup of Frisbee would be his “farewell tournament.”

“So I hope to get out there and train,” he said.

CHOOSING SPORTS. Derek’s passion for sports actually became the deciding factor in accepting TV5’s offer despite the counter-offer he got from his former home network ABS-CBN.

“I was wired in the way I was born, with the passion for sports,” explained Derek at the press conference prepared for him recently after signing a three-year exclusive contract with TV5.

He stressed that by choosing TV5, Derek would have more opportunities to do things related to sports.

For his first projects, he will be doing the Amazing Race Philippines and will be part of the TV5 coverage team for the 2012 London Olympics.

“I wanna do something that I want to do,” Derek stated.