Breaking out in show business in his teens during the 90s, actor Raymond Bagatsing has managed to remain active to this day. And despite being seen by the public as a serious one in his craft, what people have recently come to discover—note: abs and musculature all over the Internet and the social media—has sent them to a frenzy.
Raymond credits his chiseled and ageless everything to the incredibly busy yet introspective lifestyle he leads. From working out in the gym and practicing numerous martial arts, to constantly experimenting with his diet and practicing yoga, he balances everything with frequent meditation, down to finding time to unwind. By getting to know his methods, perhaps, we, too, can learn the tricks to his youth!
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How do you define the word "classic?"
Classic is timeless. Something that’s always in, I suppose.
People look at you and you're being forever young. But how do you really think people perceive you?
Iba iba, eh. But I guess all they say is Raymond Bagatsing is an actor. It’s really hard for me to really get into their minds, and I try not to get into people’s minds, because that can breed into a kind of insecurity din, eh. I just try to be in my own skin and in my own space, being respectful of everyone.
Are you an open book?
Not really. I think I’m a mystery to a lot of people cause I don’t do much interviews. It’s weird because I’m an actor—but I am also shy. I can do all sorts of things in front of the camera, but not so much in trying to define myself, and talking about myself.
Is it a struggle for you to keep your private life but still keep a good public presence?
Yeah, but I am happy with what I have now. I think people have learned to respect my quiet side. Maybe before, it was seen as pagiging suplado, like when reporters would press me to talk about certain things and I don’t want to. But I feel like I have given so much with my acting. I gave my soul, I cried, I’ve given all my emotions that I keep to myself. And now, whatever I can keep to myself, I’ll keep. What I can share, I’ll share.
When did you start really getting serious with fitness?
When I discovered the intermittent fasting when I was in the U.S. about two and a half years ago. I lost 25 pounds in doing that. Then I did keto with intermittent fasting, where I was able to bring out my best physique.
I did all kinds of diets. I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 20 years now. I only eat fish and eggs since kailangan ko din ng protein to build muscle. But for a year and a half, nag-raw diet ako. walang cooked. No meat and fish, puro gulay lang, puro dahon, juicing, and fruits. I always experiment!
Why did you become vegetarian?
I was very reflective about life. I got into meditation, which was taught by an Indian monk, and I followed a Yogic lifestyle. I realized that you could also cleanse your mind by cleansing your body first. I’ve been meditating for 20 years, for two to three hours a day.
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Is that partly why you look so young?
Probably yes. And I am also a yoga instructor from the U.S. I do yoga almost every day—20 minutes in the morning and evening.
Do you have childhood habits that you thought you will grow out of, but you haven’t?
Many things. I am still boy at heart. I love motorcycles, I love surfing, I love martial arts, I love adrenaline activities! Kaya lang, nali-limit because of my work, and I have to be careful because I might get injured. But I think that’s it, you know? Boys will be boys and girls will be girls. Being an adult is overrated. I believe being a child at heart will be the fountain of youth.
Are you looking forward to what happens in the next decade or so?
I’m a big follower of Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now. I realized that happiness is right here, right now, and nowhere else. Then you’re left with no expectations.
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Produced and directed by Mels Timan and Jeffrey Hidalgo | Interview by Mels Timan | Photography by Vyn Radovan | Styling by Camille Santiago | Makeup by Carmel Villongco for Dior | Hair by Triple Luck Brow & Hair Salon | Shot on location at Discovery Suites Ortigas