And not afraid of it, whatever he may face with, wala nga ‘atang hindi kakayanin ito with his extreme sports.
Maybe the reason of giving another gift to him by TV5 is to host ‘Extreme Series: Kaya Mo Ba ‘To? Which airs Monday to Friday at 10:15 p.m.
There is no danger zone as far as Derek is concerned.
“Here we look for extreme Pinoys and Pinays na may kakaibang kakayahan sa kanilang mga larangan. Like what we did today – si Glen Aguila, pinatalon niya ang motorbike over my head while nakatutok ako sa kanya holding a camera. Natatakot din ako. If I was younger, it would have been easier. Kaya I kept asking myself, ‘should I do this should I do this’.”
“Pero when I do something naman, I am really fully committed. This is physically taxing. Ang dami ko na uli galos. The first week, nag-deep diving kami in Anilao ni Ms. A (Alice Dixson). Ako hanggang 29 feet lang. Siya nga si Dyesebel. Naka 30 feet [siya]. Ang effect sa akin was kinabukasan. I couldn’t breathe dahil sa mga jellyfish.”
Ano ba ang extreme for him? How does he define it?
“It’s about breaking boundaries. Proving that nothing is impossible. If you let your mind to something and train and work on it, you gain something. I have swum with the great white shark in South Africa. Kasama ko pa si Angelica (Panganiban) who swam with it too.”
Speaking of Angelica, what’s his reaction sa mga pasabog nito sa “Gandang Gabi Vice”? Kiss and tell na ba ito?
“I haven’t seen the video. I don’t think so. Though she’s the type of person who’s very vocal. Sometimes she speaks from the heart and doesn’t think. Maybe it was said in a joking way. Maybe she let go of things she didn’t really want to say. I also know Shaina (Magdayao) because of Vina (Morales). And she’s not the type of person naman na magre-react to this.”
His lovelife that is no longer showbiz!
“Nasabi ko naman sa inyo na ‘yun before. We met sometime during the holidays. Through a common friend. We’re taking it slow. She has a baby girl na 8 years old na. I like her because she’s a woman with responsibility. She does modelling part-time. And to get the records straight, hindi siya flight attendant or stewardess gaya nung mga lumabas. Nagkaroon lang siya ng comnercial where she’s a stewardess. She’s very simple. I met her in Cebu. She lived there.”
May participation pala siya sa Valentine show ni Jennylyn Mercado. There was a point na napag-usapang something was brewing na between them, anyare?
“Baka magpatawa na lang ako. Haha. Jen is attractive and smart. Very responsible. But like what I told you na, may showbiz factor. We ended up being good friends. Touched naman ako na she invited me to be part of her concert.”
Hindi pa raw siya ikakasal. So, an adrenaline junkie like him must be oozing with the strength for other things.
How does he do it na hindi siya natutukso at nadadala sa sexy scenes he shares with his leading ladies.
“Sa rami ng pelikula ko kasama ang magagandang babae, I just have to get myself off it lalo na kung sexy ang eksena. If my masculinity reacts, I would need to use some plaster. But no! You just have to control yourself and take it out of your mind in order to be reminded that it is work that you are doing. Respeto sa babae. Sabi lagi ng Dad ko, always think with this (pointing to his kukote) and not with that one below. I don’t think of it as the real act.
“When I am with someone special, todo na kahit pagod ako. If I start something I finish something.
“Now it’s dry season!”, namumula ang mukhang sagot ni Papa D!
“I have to control it. I work seven days a week. Swear! Wala ako ganyan now. You just keep yourself busy with other things!”
Under the heat of the scorching sun somewhere where extreme sports could be done the race master still continues doing the most dangerous things in his career!
Brushing with death-defying acts. And never losing his sanity.
“My Mom, ayaw niya. Ayaw na niya panoorin when she saw ‘yung mga una namin ginawa!
Kaya niyo ba these extreme series?