Tagaytay City has been home for actor Derek Ramsay and his family for 22 years. The parents live in a large house and the children visit regularly.
Matriarch Remedios “Medy” Ramsay spearheaded a number of family-owned businesses in their home city, starting with a medical retreat and resort she called Le Petit Paradis. She ran the place for a few years, and even had a stall selling homemade soaps and creams.
In December 2016, she reopened Le Petit Paradis as a restaurant but only for a short while. A few months later, she launched a multi-stall dining hall, commonly referred to as a food park or food hub, and named it The Barracks Food Camp on the Ridge, or simply, The Barracks.
On its opening day last July 7, Derek told YES! how the newest family business came about: “Miss Businesswoman”—pointing to his mother standing beside him—“out of the blue, said, ‘O, Derek, meron akong idea. I’m putting up a food hub.’ I didn’t argue with her. I agreed with her right away. But I didn’t imagine it would be up three months after she brought up the idea.”
Noting the big turnout of diners, he added: “As you can see, it’s jam-packed. I didn’t expect this many people. Yeah, I can see it’s gonna be a big success.”
With its military theme and signage bearing the image of the actor/athlete/product endorser (left photo), this new dining place is hard to miss. Derek’s mother, Remedios “Medy” Ramsay, the brains behind The Barracks, made sure the food park would have a variety of culinary choices and no repetition of menu items.
The Barracks sits on a 1,000-square-meter lot. It has two floors with 15 food stalls on each level. The stalls reflect their specialties in their names, like Hooaah—The Mighty Chicken; Yamato Japanese Foods; Ahoy! Mix Mex Match!; Mommy Nanz Special Bibingka at Puto Bumbong; Mister Pusit; Papa Bear Mammoth Burger; Beef Overload; Tapa Corner; Pasta Country; RSM Binalot & Hot Pot; Heneral Sisig; and Coffee G.