Amidst the heavy downpour last Sunday (August 18) brought about by storm MARING and the Southwest Monsoon (Habagat), GMA Kapuso young actor DERRICK MONASTERIO brave the rain and floods to get to NAYON NG KABATAAN at Welfareville, Mandaluyong to spread some afternoon cheers to some 100 kids inside the DSWD Facility.
According to Ms. Luz Bacalucot – the facility’s Senior Officer that day, Nayon Ng Kabataan caters to kids 7 to 18 years of age which are mostly street kids and children who are orphaned, abandoned, neglected, sexually or physically abused. They have a total of 178 kids currently under their care and housed in four cottages. The kids are referred by LGUs and Barangays to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) NCR Office before being transferred to their facility.
With the help of the GMA Artist Center and the National Youth Commission (NYC), Derrick was able to treat the kids of Nayon Ng Kabataan to some afternoon snacks and donate also some toiletries and food packs that can help with the kids’ daily needs. The young actor was appointed last year as a Youth Ambassador by NYC and said that the role made him realize that he has the power and responsibility to create change in the society, to inspire other young people and motivate them to be better individuals.
The outreach program is also part of Derrick’s yearly promise to make his birthday more meaningful, celebrating it by sharing his blessings to the less fortunate and most specially the youth. Last year, Derrick celebrated his birthday by visiting the Manila Boys Town facility in Marikina together with actress Barbie Forteza and Kim Rodriguez.
Derrick together with event host Tess Bomb entertained the kids with games and activities. Derrick sang a song for the kids while a group of young residents at the girls cottage prepared a dance number for their idol. Aside from the food packs and toiletries, Derrick also distributed some cool prizes and gifts courtesy of Hammerhead and Unisilver.
Derrick turned 18 last August 1st and celebrated it with a simple movie date with fellow Anna Karenina star Barbie Forteza. His birthday gift to himself is a new car which he bought last January.
What is Derrick’s birthday wish?
“Peace on earth, sana wala nang masasamang tao at magkaroon ng tunay na pagbabago ang bansang Pilipinas. Wish ko naman para sa sarili ko, sana dumami pa ang projects.”
Derrick, who is currently in third year is focused in finishing his education and advises all the young people to study well and strive to finish their studies. He also said that fame and being a celebrity is not forever, that’s why education is very important.
The young actor also dream of becoming a professional Basketball Player and a public servant (politician) someday.
Derrick is part of the GMA Primetime TV Series ANNA KARENINA. He is committed to improving his craft as an actor and hopes to get more challenging projects and roles in the future. His dream role would be something that would bring out his true acting potentials such as an emotionally, physically or a mentally challenged character in a drama story. Roles that will offer him an opportunity to win acting award.
When asked if he is also ready to accept more mature roles and daring magazine offers, Derrick said that although there are no offers yet, he believes that he’s not yet ready for it. He said that he might accept such an offer maybe two or three years from now.
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