“This Christmas is one of the best Christmases I think I’m gonna have,” said Derek Ramsay during the story conference for his upcoming sitcom Mac and Chiz at the TV5 Media Center, Mandaluyong City last December 3.
"We have a new member in the family," he said, referring to his son Austin.
"Christmas is about family. It’s sharing. It’s my favorite time of the year," he added.
GIFTS. What Christmas gifts did he get for his loved ones?
Before answering the question, Derek said: "First, I wanna thank the Lord for continuing to bless me and continuing to keep my family safe and healthy.
"I’d like to thank my parents for always being there to support me.
"My gift to them?"
The actor paused before finally answering: "Hindi pa ako nakapag-shopping for them. But ang inuuna ko lagi, I don’t work during Christmas. Never akong nag-miss na nag-Pasko sa kanila.
"Of course, my [gift is my] son Austin who… has given me the opportunity to know what a father feels like, and for him to spend time with me and get to know me."
His gift to himself?
"Every year, I always ask that kumpleto yung pamilya ko.
"So far, every year, nabibigay naman sa akin. Material-wise, wala naman akong gustong hingin pa."
SHARING GOD'S GIFTS. Grateful for his blessings, Derek wants to give back.
"We go on dental missions in Tagaytay and Palawan. Nagpapakain at nagpapa-party ako dun para maramdaman nila ang Pasko. I also sponsor many kids sa World Vision."
There is another Christmas tradition that he and his family observe: "My dad still dresses up as Santa Claus."
Does he still believe in Santa?
"I’d continue believing in Santa Claus... basta may natatanggap pa rin na regalo," he said with a laugh.
"It’s the only time of the year ang daddy ko ang nagluluto mismo sa bahay. Then, after lunch, that’s when we open our presents under the tree."
MEMORABLE CHRISTMAS. Asked to reveal his most memorable Christmas, he said: "Every Christmas kasi is great. I never had a bad Christmas.
"During Christmas, kahit may problema, nakakalimutan ko kasi the people I love the most are around me 24/7.
"Kaya I can’t tell you what’s my favorite Christmas."
But he does have a Christmas wish.
“I wish Austin could be there… to be there. But I can’t ask for more.”