According to Derrick Monasterio, he did not have any hesitations wearing his superhero costume for GMA-7's upcoming weekly series Tsuperhero.
In fact, Derrick grabbed the attention of netizens and viewers when he wore the tight-fitting superhero costume during the show's October press conference.
Some viewers have pointed out that in teasers aired on GMA, his crotch area was blurred.
Derrick was asked during the November 10 bloggers' conference if he is worried that his costume is becoming the talk of the town because of this sensitive area.
However, he answered with a laugh, "No, I think hindi, kasi mas okay nang meron kesa wala.
"Mas maganda na yung publicity na ganun, kesa yung, 'Ay, wala.'
"Hindi naman ako mahihiya. Hindi ko rin naman fina-flaunt."
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) after the blogcon, Derrick said that he really had no qualms about wearing his costume.
He said, "Hindi naman. Actually hindi kasi parang okay lang, okay lang sa akin kasi part naman ng katawan mo, di ba?"
But why did GMA blur that area in the teasers?
He admitted, "Hindi ko nga rin alam, e. Siguro MTRCB," referring to the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board.
In a past interview, the 20-year-old actor-singer assured that he did not have to use any padding for his costume.
He also admitted that his costume can get uncomfortable, especially when he does fight scenes under the heat of the sun.
"Yun lang talaga, underwear lang. Kahit nagte-taping ako. Mainit. Pawis na pawis nga ako, e.
"Nakakasampung palit ako ng damit kasi mainit talaga, nagpa-fight scene tapos balot na balot.
"Pero yun lang yung suot ko, naka-underwear lang tapos sinusuot ko. One-piece siya, e."
Still, Derrick is very happy with the design of his costume, and described it as unique.
"The style itself is okay kasi unique siya. Kasi usually pag superhero, [may] cape yan, ganyan.
"Yung sa akin, hindi. So unique siya.
"Siguro yung fit lang ng costume, doon lang ako nagkaroon ng maraming concerns. Doon lang inulit ng maraming beses."
He revealed that he will already be seen wearing his costume on the pilot episode of Tsuperhero on Sunday, November 13, after 24 Oras.
PRESSURE IN TV RATINGS. Although Derrick was not worried about his costume, he admitted that he felt pressure when it comes to TV ratings of their show.
He told PEP, "Nakakapressure talaga. Napepressure ako kasi maraming nagsasabi, 'Dapat mag-rate 'to!
"Ayun yung pinaka nakakapressure talaga, e. Pag meron kang [dapat] i-beat.
"Pero at the same time, excited kasi feeling ko naman, nasuportahan kami ng todo ng network, e."
During the blogcon proper, he said that he is also pressured since their rival show has been performing well for the longest time in its timeslot. He was also unsure about the reaction of viewers to this new genre.
"Second to my acting, yung ratings talaga yung kinakabahan ako.
"I think this is the first time they're going to do a supehero comedy show sa GMA, hindi ko alam paano siya magtu-turnout.
"So hopefully, suportahan, kasi this show is mostly for children so sana talaga, subaybayan kasi yung kalaban namin sa kabila, if I know matagal na sila nag-e-air and pambata rin talaga so sana makuha din namin yung market nila."
Despite the pressure, Derrick has already felt a connection with his character Nonoy.
He narrated, "First shooting day pa lang, I fell in love with my character already.
"So feel ko, that's what's important. Nai-in love ka sa character mo para mas natural.
"Minsan sa bahay, kung paano ako magsalita sa taping, ganoon din ako magsalita so parang nadadala ko rin siya."
Derrick proudly said that some people are already calling him as Tsuperhero.
He said in jest, "Kilala na ako ng mga tao na Tsuperhero.
"Yun yung nakakatuwa kasi doon ko masasabing hindi nag-fail yung GMA sa promotion.
"Nakakatuwa din kasi nakasupport sila sa akin sa Twitter. It's up to us talaga kung magre-rate yung show."
He promised viewers will see a lot of comedy and action scenes on Tsuperhero.
"Yung action scenes tapos yung comedy niya kasi hindi namin tinatry magpatawa doon, e. Ano lang, yung mga lines itself yung nakakatawa. Effects and yung action talaga, fight scenes.
"Hindi siya yung usual na superhero kasi hindi siya magalang. So medyo parang Deadpool ang dating, ganun.
"Iba yung attitude ng superhero ko doon. Hindi siya comparable kasi yung iba mabait lang, ganyan, superhero talaga.
"Ako hindi, makamasang superhero ako. So feeling ko, ako pa lang unang gagawa noon."