Feeling blessed pa rin daw ang Kapatid actor na si Derek Ramsay ngayong 2014 sa kabila ng hinarap niyang mga kontrobersiya at problema, kabilang na ang legal battle sa kanyang estranged wife na si Mary Christine Jolly.
Saad niya, “I am very blessed, 2014 has been great to me.
“You know, life is filled with ups and downs, but the important thing is you keep moving forward.
“God is good, look at my year, I started with many projects. TV5 keeps blessing me with projects.
“Meron akong pinagdaanang bagyo sa buhay ko, but alam ko naman yung totoo, and I have faith in God, my family, my self, the truth, and it’s all working out.
“And it’s even better now that I’m closing up the year with a new project, Amazing Race is doing well.
“I have a son who’s spending time with me now. I have an opportunity to be a father now.
“And then, nabigyan pa ako ng bagong endorsement during the storm.
“So, 2014 has been great.”
Nakausap ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si Derek sa story conference ng sinasabi niyang bagong proyekto sa TV5, ang sitcom na Mac & Chiz, na isa sa mga pang-opening salvo ng Kapatid network sa 2015.
Ginanap ang storycon kahapon ng tanghali, Disyembre 3, sa conference room ng TV5 Media Center sa Reliance St., Mandaluyong City.
Natutuwa nga si Derek na magandang matatapos ang kanyang 2014. Mas naging matatag daw siya pagkatapos ng mga pinagdaanan niyang mga suliranin.
“Yeah, it’s peaceful.
“You know, after the storm, it’s all back to normal and it’s peaceful.
“I’m sure I’m gonna go through another storm in my life, but the experience with this one has made me stronger, made me smarter.
“So, whatever it is that I’m going to go through in the future, sigurado ko na kayang-kaya kong malagpasan.
“Ang daming sumusuporta sa akin, people like you [the press], whom I’ve known for how many years now.
“You guys have always asked me and I’ve always been open and honest with all of you.
“So, you just gotta keep your head up high and move on.
“And nakuha ko naman yung gusto ko, e, ‘di ba?”
RELATIONSHIP WITH EX-WIFE & SON. Pagkatapos nilang mag-settle, kumusta na ang relationship nila ngayon ni Mary Christine?
Ayon kay Derek, “That could be better, we’re civil.
“Pero para sa akin, ang importante is my son. We’re both working together for the best of Austin [Derek’s son].
“Sana one day we can genuinely be nice to one another, but like I said, my attention and my focus is with Austin.”
Ano ang final na naging usapan nila tungkol kay Austin?
“I can exercise my rights now.
“The court has granted that I can exercise my right to see him, to stay with me, and that’s what I’ve been fighting for.
“A lot of allegations were made against me, madaling magpuno ng papel na ganito-ganito-ganito.
“But at the end of the day, you need proof, you need to back it up.
“So, I just let them say whatever they wanted to say and my focus was to be a father to Austin.
“And then now, that’s where we are.”
Sa katunayan, isinasama na nga raw ni Derek si Austin sa kanyang mga lakad.
Kasama niya nga ang anak sa TV5 kahapon para sa pictorial at storycon ng Mac & Chiz.
“He was here this morning watching us do the photo shoot and the spiels.
“But he has to run off to his tutorials and then he’ll be back here this afternoon.”
Hindi niya raw makakasama si Austin sa Pasko dahil pupunta na ito sa abroad. Pero makakapiling naman ng aktor ang anak sa birthday niya sa Disyembre 7.
“I requested if he could be here for my birthday, my birthday is on Sunday.
“So, Austin is gonna be with me this whole week.
“They’ll leave on the 8thand he’s gonna be with me till the 7th.”