Angelica Panganiban's boyfriend, Derek Ramsay, proved to be instrumental in paving the way for her to be chosen as an endorser of Swatch Original Skin. Angelica and Anne Curtis were both introduced yesterday, January 28, as the new faces of the Swiss-made watch that is only 3.9mm thick.
"Siya [Derek] po talaga ang nauna [na endorser] and may big party sa bahay ni Tita Virgie and sinama po niya ako. So nakita po ako ni Tita Virgie at nakilala ako ng iba at thankfully, nakuha ko naman ang kiliti nila," she says with a giggle. "Unti-unti, binibigyan na nila ako ng watches at pinag-aagawan namin yun."
The party happened last July 2008 and the contract was offered to her last December. This makes Swatch her first endorsement for timepieces.
Angelica later admitted that Derek is actually jealous of her good fortune for being given a formal launch by Swatch. "Actually, nagseselos nga siya kasi naunahan ko pa siyang ma-launch. In-explain ko naman sa kanya, ‘grabe ka naman, hayaan mo na sa akin ito.'"
Billy Crawford, the host of the launch, pointed out that Derek was also lucky since he got to attend the Beijing 2008 Olympics because Swatch brought him there as an endorser.
She recalls Derek asking, "Bakit ako, hindi [ni-launch as endorser]? May mga tampo lang siya na ganun. Feeling niya, kaming dalawa, may something. Siguro magkakaroon rin sila [ng separate launch]."
Does she think that this endorsement will be a source of fights between the couple? "Siguro, malamang," she says jokingly but she added in a serious tone: "Hindi naman, nagpapalambing lang siya sa akin."
Derek and Angelica will be appearing in the February offering of Your Song Presents: Feb-ibig, which will premiere this Sunday, February 1. (Click HERE to read more about their show and to view behind-the-scene photos.)
Angelica also revealed that she and Derek will be paired in a movie that they will begin shooting by March or April.
STRENGTHENING THEIR BOND. How have they maintained their relationship for the past two-and-a-half years?
"Ang maganda sa amin, kaya naming mabuhay within a day nang hindi nakikita ang isa't isa at hindi kami nag-uusap. Pareho kaming secured na sa isa't isa. May kanya-kanya kaming freedom at nami-miss namin ang isa't isa. Hindi ko siya kailangan sakalin at ganun din siya sa akin.
"Feeling ko kasi, ang lalaki or kahit na sinong tao, the more na kinukulong mo, mas lalong gustong kumawala. Siya, kahit ano puwede niyang gawin pero konsensiya na lang n'ya yun."
But there were times when the public knew about their lovers' quarrels. How did they overcome these challenges as a couple? "Malaking tulong yung nanahimik lang kami. Kahit mga friends ko, hindi nila alam kung ano yung status naming dalawa. Mas mabuti yun kasi mas naayos namin personally yung issues naming dalawa na hindi na kailangangang maraming tao ang makialam."
They decided to spend time apart in order to gain a new perspective on things. "May mga panahon lang na nagkakapikunan kayong dalawa at kailangan lang mag-pause or huminga lang sandali."
"May pikunan pa rin hanggang ngayon pero noon, mas batang isip pa kami. Masasabi namin na nag-mature na kami at hindi na kami pumapatol sa maliliit na bagay."