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Photos by Alex Datu

By Alex Datu

At his young age, he is set to enter politics in the future. But only when the right time comes.

A GMA contract artist, Derrick Monasterio is slowly following the footsteps of his mom, veteran actress,Tina Monasterio. She was once a sexy star in the 80s and the favorite leading lady of some of our action stars during that era and now she’s a barangay chairman in one of the districts in Quezon City. At 20 (born August 1, 1995), Derrick is now an Ambassador for the Youth, being appointed by Malacanang in 2013, under the National Youth Commission. “Pero ngayon lang ako nakakapunta sa mga schools dahil inuna ko ang aking pag-aaral. My appointment is really focus on the youth,” he shares.

He also clarifies the issue that another Kapuso actor, Dingdong Dantes, was chosen for the same position. “Actually, si Kuya Dong kasi ay naging ambassador noong kabataan niya, but now he’s one of the commissioners. So, kapag may mga talk sa iba’t ibang campuses, isinasama niya ako.”

At his young age, Derrick has already set his plan to be in politics, but only after college and gaining enough maturity. “Gusto ko po eh, kasi genuine ‘yung feelings ko na maglingkod sa tao. Gusto talaga eh, parang inborn, parang ganun,” claims the Legal Management student from San Beda College (Mendiola). “Since barangay chairman ang mom ko, bata pa lang ako ay na-expose na ako sa mga gawaing ganyan,” he tells. “Ang bahay namin ay parang head quater na rin. ‘Yung pagbibigay ng speech sa mga gatherings, alam ko na rin ‘yan. “If ever I enter politics, siguro I will start muna as a councilor. Parang step-by-step. Gusto ko muna may mapatunayan sa tao na may nagawa akong projects. Gusto ko may nakita silang pagbabago. At sila na mismo ang magpe-praise sa akin. Tapos, pataas ng pataas, di ba?”

Aside from him, Janine Gutierrez was also appointed recently as youth ambassador. We ask him how he was appointed to be a youth ambassador? “Siguro wala silang nakita na may bisyo ako,” he replies. “Maayos daw akong nag-aaral at good role model sa kabataan.” Before he left, we asked him about the lingering issue with Sen. Ping Lacson, as allegedly to be his biological father. “Hindi po totoo ‘yan. Siguro ang explanation daw, is that si Mama kasi noong artista pa siya, parang nabalitang nanligaw sa kanya si Senator. At doon na umikot ang istoryang ‘yun,” he defends. “Pero kilala ko naman po kasi ang dad ko. Nasa Miami, Florida siya ngayon and they were never married naman.” “His name is Jorge Crimarco, a Jamaican-Italian-American and he met my mom in Singapore. Siguro ano lang, kaya sila naghiwalay ay dahil wala na silang communication. Mahirap talaga ang long distance relationship,” he explains. Derrick prefers to stay with his mom because he believes he is more needed. “Of course, mas kailangan ako ng nanay ko. Walang ibang lalaki sa pamilya eh. So, ako ang magiging tatay,” he ends.

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