Derrick Monasterio all set for ‘Rak of Aegis’

If you think Derrick Monasterio is all body and face, you’re wrong. The Kapuso hunk is also one of the more competent singers among his peers. And on 12 July he goes up the PETA stage to play the role of Tolits in the all-Pinoy rock musical Rak of Aegis.

Last Wednesday, 3 July, Derrick was the guest of our on-line show on Facebook (@tribunenephl) Tok Patok with fellow Daily Tribune columnist Jun Nardo. He said that he starts performing for Rak  on Friday although the musical’s new season started on 5 July. 

Derrick Monasterio plays Tolits in new season of  Rak of Aegis

Derrick Monasterio plays Tolits in new season of Rak of Aegis

“I’ll be doing five shows a week,” he revealed, and that includes the matinees on Saturdays and Sundays.

“This is what I have been dreaming all along to be in a musical even when I was a little boy, he said. And what does he feel now that he’s part of a very popular musical, “Excited, nervous, all those feelings that I can’t describe with just a word. Also, I am overwhelmed by the presence of excellent performers, like sir Robert (Seña), sir Noel (Cabangon) and the rest of the cast. I feel so little amid all of them.”

Derrick said that he auditioned for the role. “Gusto ko talaga, so I went and auditioned. Luckily, I was called back and I was told I’d be part of the new cast. And then I started rehearsing. Wow, akala ko kasi ang galing galing ko na. (Laughter.) Hindi pala. So, I tried my best to level up to what the musical requires me to be and my voice. I vocalize every day to stretch my vocal chords.”

After several weeks of rehearsals Derrick admits that the production seems happy with his performance and told him he could go on stage and play Tolits by then.

While doing Rak of Aegis, Derrick could also start taping for a new teleserye on GMA 7. 

“No, I can’t disclose the details yet, but I should be taping this month,” he said.

He is also in the upcoming ALV Films G!LU along with buddies David Lijauco, Kiko Estrada, Ruru Madrid, and Teejay Marquez. Derrik said that due to the bad weather in the previous week shooting was shelved. He expects with good weather now it will resume soon. The film is being shot in a La Union resort.

Does Derrick think of a career in musical theater? “I hope so. I love musical theater and I surely want to make a career out of it. I look up to Ate Aicelle (Santos who played Gigi in the touring company of Miss Saigon in the UK) and Rak of Aegisis just the start.”

Aga Muhlac-Nadine starrer all set to star in Korean film remake

Although no details are being given out by Viva Films yet, it seems the stars are all set to go before the cameras for the Philippine adaptation of the Korean film Miracle in Cell No. 7  that starred Seung-rong Ryu, So Won Kai, Shin-hye Park.

The story tells about a mentally challenged man who is wrongfully imprisoned for murder. He builds a strong bond with his inmates, all hardened criminals. They help him see his daughter again by smuggling her into their cell.

Will Aga Muhlach be able to perform a man with an intellect of six-year old? Ask Ethel Ramos, Aga’s former manager, and she’ll immediately say, “Of course.” The actor was last year’s Editors’ Choice (EDDYS) for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role (Best Actor) for his role in Seven Sundays. So, I guess that’s an imprimatur that he can deliver the role as demanded in the screenplay.

Nadine Lustre, I surmise will play the role of Lee Yong-gu’s daughter, Ye-Sung as an adult.

This will put Nadine’s Best Actress wins to an acid test, as the role requires that she’d defend her father and work hard for his release.

Miracle in Cell No. 7 was a  big hit in Korea earning an equivalent of $30 million in its first two weeks of release. It ended to be the fifth highest grossing Korean film of all time.

The 2013 drama-comedy was show on Philippine TV (GMA) in September 2014.

Also in the cast, we heard, are Joel Torre, JC Santos and Arjo Atayde. Nuel Nuval will direct and it might be Viva’s entry to the forthcoming Metro Manila Film Festival.