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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Aug 18, 2021



DERRICK MONASTERIO is one of GMA’s best bet as leading man since he’s tall at 6’1”, has movie star good looks, has a hunky physique, acts well and also sings well. 

He has released a new single, “Virgo”, an upbeat dance song about a hopeless romantic to go streaming on AUgust 20 in various music channels and you can also order it on iTunes. 

“Before, I just did ballads, mga Martin Nievera, Josh Groban songs, but now I come out of my comfort zone to do a millennial dance song,” says Derrick. 

“It’s something new for me but this is more for my age group. I was scared but with the help of my arrangers, I felt I can do this and I’m proud na maganda naman ang kinalabasan. 

"It’s nice to know I can pull out new tricks and do other kinds of song genres. This is the music of our generation and I hope listeners will enjoy it.”

His daring Bench pictorial in his underwear elicited a lot of provocative remarks from various folks who were very profuse in praising his sexy body. How did he feel that they’re very vocal in admiring him?

“Maraming ganong comments but I don’t find it offensive,” he says. “Parang compliment nga yun for me. Hindi naman nakakabastos. Wala namang indecent proposals.”

How does he exercise his voice? 

“I practice everyday when I get up in the morning, I vocalize. I do cover versions of other songs which I post on my instagram accounts. 

"The last song I recorded was five years ago pa. I started as an actor in ‘Tween Hearts’ then we made an album and they discovered I can sing so pinag-record na ko ng kanta.”

He’s glad to be part of the primetime soap “Legal Wives” as a love interest of Bianca Umali as Farrah. 

“Mahirap yung sitwasyon namin kasi I’m Christian and she’s Muslim so hanggang tinginan lang kami,” he says. 

“Para maging effective ang character, dapat humahanga ka talaga sa tao at hindi madaling gawin yun kasi maganda naman talaga si Bianca. Abangan nyo na lang how our story will go.”

He says he has no lovelife at the moment.

 “One and a half year na rin ang last relationship ko. As of now, ligaw-ligaw lang muna. Meron akong kinakausap ngayon. Kumain ka na ba? Mga ganun. 

"Getting to know stage pa lang. Showbiz din, but di pa puedeng i-reveal kasi baka magalit ang fans since may ibang ka-love team siya. Maingat akong sumagot kasi baka ma-bash ako.” 

How is he in this pandemic? 

“Happy ako sa buhay ko ngayon kahit may pandemic, kasi tinuruan tayo nito ng tungkol sa maraming bagay. Hindi naman ako nababakante. 

"I’m in a soap, I’m also in a game show, ‘Catch Me Out, Philippines’, and I’m part din of ‘All Out Sundays’ so yun, busy naman ako.”


He is also an athlete and wants to try weighlifting so he can join the Olympics someday. 

“I sent Hidilyn Diaz a direct message. I want to learn from her and train with her. Kailangan ko pang i polish ang technique ko. Kaya lang hindi naman siya nagre-reply.” 

What will he do after the pandemic ends? 

“I want to travel kasi I need to go to the USA to renew my passport as I’m a US citizen. Early next year pa naman ang expiration. 

"But as of now I’m praying my song ‘Virgo’, a millennial party pop song, will be a hit so I can record more songs”