Angelica Panganiban, Phil Younghusband, and Derek Ramsay

MANILA, Philippines – Model-actor Derek Ramsay is ready and willing to face football player Emilio “Chieffy” Caligdong in a bout of one-on-one football.

“Win or lose, it would be fun,” Ramsay said in an interview with “Showbiz News Ngayon,” Feb. 24.

Ramsay made the declaration in response to a dare Caligdong made in an earlier interview, wherein the Azkal’s booter said he wanted to impress Ramsay’s girlfriend, actress Angelica Panganiban, by playing a friendly football match with the latter’s boyfriend of four years.

Caligdong admitted that he has a big crush on Panganiban.

In a separate interview with, Ramsay said he sees nothing wrong with Caligdong expressing admiration towards Panganiban.

“Okay lang na may crush siya kay Angel,” said he. “Maraming may crush sa kanya kasi maganda si Angel.”

Caligdong’s declaration of affection for Panganiban follows closely on the heels of his other teammates having declared their showbiz “crushes,” among them Phil Younghusband, who admitted admiration for actress Angel Locsin; and Jerry Barbosa who, only last week, revealed his liking towards actress Melai Cantiveros.

As a result of his declaration, Younghusband was able to snag a “date” of sorts with Locsin over the weekend, as confirmed in news reports.

by Neil Ramos on February 25, 2011 / Manila Bulletin

Derek Ramsay (left) and Phil Younghusband

MANILA, Philippines – Hunk actor Derek Ramsay defended his girlfriend Angelica Panganiban from the nasty tweets of an Azkal fan.

“Im not pissed off about the comments made about me,” the actor said on “Showbiz News Ngayon,” March 3.

Ramsay was referring to the exchange of tweets between Angelica and the fan that sprang from the actress’ comment that she’s sad to learn that Phil Younghusband of Team Azkals has now gone into acting via a cameo in an indie film.

Ramsay explained that his girlfriend’s tweet was taken out of context.

“Ang sinabi lang ni Angel which I completely understand and agree with is hindi niya ina-attack ‘yung mga players ng Azkals. What she was just saying is how the team should be focused kasi they have a lot of responsibility right now.”

The actor believes the Azkals should concentrate more on their football games, more so now that they’re up against a good team.

“Ang problema ngayon, ang taas ng attention na binibigay sa Azkals. They have a lot of head looking over their shoulders. The whole country is watching them and so far, they’ve performed. They have one more task to perform which is to beat Mongolia in Mongolia. Ang sinasabi lang ni Angel, maybe they should be focusing more on that.”

On March 3, Angelica tweeted this message which sparked various reactions on Tweetverse, “si phil may indie film… Akala ko ba football player sya??? 🙁 lahat na lang artista na 🙁 sad…”

An obviously Azkal fan, @anilmorales took a swipe at Derek on Twitter on the
same day.

“Yung boyfriend mo na sobrang trying hard magpaka athlete wala namang naiuwing kahit ano.”

On the same night, Phil Younghusband gave his reaction on “Bandila” regarding Panganiban’s tweet.

“I don’t think Angelica realizes that indie film is not me acting,” the football player explained. “It’s not me getting into acting or being an artista. It’s about football and it’s about promoting football. Maybe she just misunderstood it.”

by Alex Valentin Brosas on Mar 04, 2011 / Manila Bulletin