As we all know Independence Day is relevant because it is one of the milestones in Philippine history. But apart from remembering this day, it’s times like these that we stand strong together, hold our heads high, and proudly recognize our nationality and strengths as Filipinos. For today’s episode, Shaina Magdayao, Raymond Bagatsing, Erlinda Lavandia and Pinopela visited the Magandang Buhay hosts Karla Estrada, Melai Cantiveros and Jolina Magdangal and shared how they represented the country and our culture through their profession and artistry.
Raymond Bagatsing narrated to the momshies how he was discovered as an actor. The Kapamilya star was based in Australia, but would visit the Philippines sporadically, until he was spotted walking in the mall by a talent scout who made him stay here for good. “Siyempre ‘pag nasa mall ka, maraming sumusunod na talent coordinator,”. At the age of 15, Raymond honed his skills of becoming an actor and stressed that he was very happy and thankful with the projects that came along.
He divulged on how he bagged the role of President Manuel Quezon in the critically-acclaimed film, “Quezon’s Game.” While he was taping for the teleserye, Pusong Ligaw, he received a text about a project, thinking that the role was already his. The next day, he was surprised when he was told that he still had to audition, and had to memorize the President’s speech and perform in front of the director. Two months had passed and not a word from anyone, so Raymond said that he was convinced he did not make it. But after a while, he then received another text saying he was one of the few chosen for the final casting. “Biglang may na-receive na naman akong text, ‘Raymond you are chosen to be in the final casting,” he said. Raymond elaborated that he learned a lot about his character, and had to research thoroughly because he didn’t really know that much about him.
Raymond also spoke about his brother RK, another actor who is making it big in the same industry. Raymond revealed that unlike before, he doesn’t really give his brother acting tips anymore and allows him to use his own technique. Raymond looked back on the days when the Nang Ngumiti Ang Langit star would accompany him on the set and bond with his co-actors. He also recalled the time when he helped his younger brother get in a movie with him, and he would teach him how to act. According to Raymond, that’s where his brother’s love for showbiz developed, and since then he continued on his own until he finally made it and established his own name. “Pinaghirapan niya kung saan siya,” Raymond said proudly.