Now it can be told. It was TV5’s offer for him to go to London and host the Philippine primer to this year’s summer Olympics that convinced Derek Ramsay to move from the Kapamilya to the Kapatid network.
“Money is secondary (Derek comes from a well-to-do family). They (TV5) offered Derek a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Great Britain is his second country ( Derek is half-British, half-Filipino),” his manager, Joji Dingcong said.
Besides, according to Joji, Derek felt that at 32, he may not get the said offer again.
Another thing that makes Derek so excited about the job, adds Joji, is the prospect of seeing the Philippines and Great Britain together in one single event.
Of course, Derek also can’t pass up the chance to host the Philippine edition of “The Amazing Race,” which he himself wanted to join. But now, Derek must content himself watching it from the sidelines as a host.
“My good friend Manny V. Pangilinan (TV5 owner) started asking me if I can bring Derek and my stars to the network two years ago,” recalls Joji. “But I said I can help them build up stars instead.” When the Philippine primer for the London Olympics hosting stint came along, Derek had to grab the opportunity.
“I told him nagtrabaho naman siyang maayos sa ABS. His last three movies with Star Cinema (“Corazon,” “Praybeyt Benjamin” and “No Other Woman) earned well, “ Joji revealed.
In fact, he thinks “Corazon” is the biggest indie film in the market since it is now on its third week and has so far earned P52-M during its run in 30 theaters.
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