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Derek Ramsay on Angelica Panganiban: 'I never used her to get jobs or be famous'

Derek Ramsay dismisses notions that he used Angelica Panganiban to help his career.



12/12/2009 1:40 AM
Derek Ramsay on Angelica Panganiban: 'I never used her to get jobs or be famous'

Derek Ramsay and Angelica Panganiban have been together for three years now, but there was time when people were cynical of Derek when he decided to pursue Angelica. At his solo press conference for the movie I Love You, Goodbye, Derek said that he was aware of the criticisms when he and Angelica started dating. “To tell you the truth when I first met Angelica I didn’t know that she was this big actress here. Hindi ko talaga naisip na magiging girlfriend ko siya. We just started hanging out, then came this speculation that I was using her so that I can be famous. But we just shrugged that off our shoulders because we don’t want to lose each other.”

But Derek was honest enough to say that when he had just crossed over from modeling into acting, having Angelica for a girlfriend played an important role in his budding career. “I’m sure that helped because she’s famous and I came along, napag-usapan talaga ‘yung pangalan ko. But I never used her to get jobs or be famous. I believe it’s also vice versa, she didn’t use me. We love each other and that’s why we’re still together.”

Those insinuations eventually went away as Derek and Angelica proved to the public that their love is genuine. The real life couple will be seen in the Star Cinema entry for the Metro Manila Film Festival entitled I Love You, Goodbye where they have a much-publicized love scene. Derek revealed that he was almost carried away while he was doing the love scene with his girlfriend. “Napanood ko lang last week ‘yung eksena when I dubbed. It’s really, really sexy. It turned out to be really, really good but the truth is when we we’re shooting the scene it was very difficult. I almost got carried away because the scenery around us was very beautiful. Direk Laurice (Guillen) just told us to use the environment, the wind, the waves, everything around us. Basta panoorin niyo na lang.”

Now that they have been together for three years, many are curious if they have plans of tying the knot soon. However, Derek said that he and Angelica have decided to focus on their respective careers for now. “Napag-uusapan naman namin ang marriage. Minsan we imagine kung ano ang buhay kapag kasal na kami and may mga anak na kami. But we’ve agreed na ang priority pa muna namin ngayon is our work. We’re doing great naman so far. Why fix something that is not broken? We will continue growing and when the time is right madali na lang ‘yung marriage. Wala akong age limit basta I know that everything is ready.”