MANILA (Mabuhay) — Actor Derrick Monasterio has made the transition from teen star to more mature actor. With it comes a physical transformation that is nothing to scoff at.
The 20-year-old Kapuso heartthrob has been making heads turn with his chiseled physique, a result of persistent hard work. Derrick also modified his diet to achieve his form. “I avoided fatty foods, hindi ako nagle-lechon. Chicken lang na walang balat tsaka isda,” he shared.
The gambit has paid off. During his participation at the Cosmopolitan Carnival – formerly the Cosmo Bachelor Bash – recently at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds, Derrick’s appearance elicited loud screams from the women in the audience.
“Matagal po (akong nag-prepare), mga four months,” the young heartthrob said. “’Tsaka kung dati siguro once a week lang akong pumupunta sa gym, ngayon, ‘nung nalaman ko na kasali ako mga thrice a week na po siguro.”
Showing less skin than some model and celebrity participants that took the ramp, Derrick explained, “Hindi mo kailangang magpasilip para maging hot ka eh. Kahit nga naka-sando lang kaya ko silang talbugan eh.”
He added, “’Tsaka bata pa ako eh. Siguro next time ’yung ganun kapag medyo veteran na ako sa showbiz. ’Yung mala-Jay Manalo na, (mala-)Tom Rodriguez.”
To add to Derrick’s roster of calorie-burning activities, he says he is also trying his hand at dancing.
“(Pero) kailangan pang pakuluan ’yung katawan ko, matigas pa eh,” he joked. “But for a change nga po sana, gusto kong sumayaw.”
Enjoying his stay in the business, Derrick attributes his ongoing success as much to his determination as to luck. “Kasi hindi ko naman talaga ine-expect ito. Nagulat din po ako kasi nag-bunga ’yung paghihirap ko.”
Derrick was taken off GMA’s “The Half Sisters” but, he clarifies, not because he has been a cause of delay in production.
“’Yung show po originally was for 10 months, ’yun lang dapat ’yung itatagal niya, eh na-extend po. Eh, ako naka-book na po akong trip sa ibang bansa. Kapag nagpa-cancel ka ang mahal. So ’yun, they had to take me out; nothing personal naman,” he said.
The importance of the trip to him cannot be discounted. He plans to see his father, George Crimarco, a lawyer who is based in the States.
“Madalang kami magkita. He’s busy kasi, madami kaso (hinahawakan),” he said.
“’Yung tatay ko ano eh, parang ang daming problema sa buhay. Hindi ngumungiti. Pero andun naman ‘yung pagmamahal niya sa amin, nakita ko naman,” he added.
His said his dad has stopped supporting him and her sister when he joined show business. However, “When I asked for a graduation gift, binigyan ako ng $6,500.”
These days, Derrick is still seen on “Vampire Ang Daddy Ko” but he plans to lay low for awhile.
“Hindi muna pwedeng tumanggap ng shows until November. Nag-aaral din po kasi ako ngayon ng Legal Management sa San Beda,” he said. (MNS)