As the ultimate leading man, mukhang naiipit siya ngayon sa mga pagsubok na kinakaharap ng mga babaeng pinakamalapit sa kanyang buhay. Last July ay nag-post siya sa kanyang Twitter account tungkol sa kalagayan ng kanyang butihing ina. He was asking everyone to pray for his mom because she was in danger of having another stroke. “That’s a really tough time for me. Sa puso, eh. Nagkaroon ng complications. But now she’s fine. [She’s] recovering,” kuwento ni Derek. Here’s praying for the speedy recovery of his mom.
Kamakailan lang, nasangkot na naman sa isang Twitter war ang girlfriend niyang si Angelica Panganiban. Angel had a rift with a friend na diumano’y nanakit sa kanya. Derek came in her defense. “It’s no secret that Angelica is very emotional. Grabeng magmahal ang taong iyan. Angel and a friend are just having a little rift. Nasaktan siya sa ginawa ng isang kaibigan and that’s how she vents it out,” he explained. Angel is lucky to have Derek by her side na laging handang magtanggol sa kanya anumang oras.
Pero paano naman tinanggap ni Angel ang role ni Derek sa bagong pelikula nito, kung saan he is required to have daring scenes? Hindi ba ito nagselos sa mga leading ladies niya? Wala naman daw problema kay Angel because it’s only work, ayon kay Derek. She allows him to grow as an actor and what’s important ay may trust sila sa isa’t isa.
They have been together for five years now. Despite a dizzying roller coaster ride, they remain steadfast in their relationship kaya naman they are considered one of the most enduring pairs in showbiz.
Ano ba ang sikreto nila sa kanilang matibay na pagsasama? “Well, five years. Five years of intriga. Five years of happiness. It’s been a great five years. Angel and I are looking forward for the next five years. We don’t give any attention to the intrigues. Every time we’re faced with an intriga, we answer the questions and move on kasi if we put effort in thinking and being affected by these intrigues walang mangyayari sa relationship namin.”
Derek and Angel are in love kaya naman kahit anong klaseng intriga ang ibato sa kanila, nananatili pa rin silang matatag dahil alam ni-lang hindi sila nag-iisa sa laban. They have each other to lean on.
Kaibigan, usap tayo muli!
Points of Boy
by Boy Abunda