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Raymond Bagatsing Shows Off His Workout

It's all about training smart.
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Raymond Bagatsing has been in the world of showbiz for almost 40 years and is still very active. We've seen him in TV and movie hits such as Mula Sa Puso, Encantadia, Pusong Ligaw, Bagani, and more. Recently, he's been gaining even more attention internationally because of his outstanding performance as President Manuel L. Quezon in the film Quezon's Game.

The movie, which was produced by Star Cinema, iWant, and Kinetek, and directed by British-Jewish Matthew Rosen, garnered 26 awards from six international film festivals. One of the most notable honors that the movie got was the Award of Excellence for Actor at the 2018 Cinema World Fest Award for Raymond's convincing portrayal of the Philippine president.

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Thank you for this, @peachy.exists !! *************************************** Posted @withrepost • @peachy.exists Did you know that Quezon's Game has won 9 awards of excellence from the Cinema Worldfest AUTUMN Awards in Canada for Lighting, Original Score, Produced Screenplay, Sound Design, Set Design, Costume Design, as well as acting nods for their leads Raymond Bagatsing and Rachel Alejandro, and supporting actor Billy Gallion? Matthew E. Rosen received an Award of Recognition for directing. An Award for Merit for a Drama Feature was also given to the film. It has also received Best Asian Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Music Score awards of excellence from IndieFilm Festival in California. Mr. @raymondbagatsing was once again named Best Actor. It was also given an Award of Excellence Special Mention as a feature film. It doesn't end there. It bagged multiple awards from The 52nd Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film and Video Festival as well, including the Grand Award for being the best in its category and the REMI Special Jury Awards. That's more than enough reasons to watch this film and become a proud Filipino. Don't miss it! Showing in the Philippines on May 29th!

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After being released abroad, Quezon’s Game finally reached the Philippine shores in May 2019. It's still going strong and now on its fourth week in cinemas.

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Ngayong weekend, ‘wag palampasin ang kwentong maipagmamalaki natin. #QuezonsGame - now on its 4th week! @starcinema

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In an interview with PEP.ph, Raymond fondly recalled the time when he auditioned for the role. "6:00 a.m. na nang umaga kami umuwi mula sa taping ng Pusong Ligaw, at 9:00 a.m. ang audition sa Kinetek Productions, so nagpunta ako.

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"Pagdating ko doon, nakilala ko si Matthew Rosen and his wife Lorena [producer of the movie]. Matthew said, 'Raymond, you're a favorite actor of my wife.'

"I thought I already got the role, tapos sabi niya, 'Are you ready to audition?' 

"I was like, 'Huh?' My brain was not working, wala pa akong tulog.

"He gave me a really long script, a long speech. Wala pa ako sa sarili ko, wala pa akong tulog.

"Sabi ko, 'Of course, I’m here. I will do it.' I did the speech.

"I told Matthew, 'Can I read it without embellishing it?'

"Hindi ako maglalagay ng kung anong acting. Hindi ko aartehan ang karakter. Puwede ko bang basahin 'to from the heart? Yung natural lang para lumabas yung totoo.

"So I did it... it was heartfelt. Then Matthew said, 'Can you add the Spanish accent?'

"I did it and everyone was clapping. I said, wow I did well and then Matthew said, 'Okay, we will give you a call," Raymond ended.

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He initially thought that he failed to get the role. But after two months, they called him back. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Aside from being all over TV for guestings and promotions for the movie, he is also currently trending on social media for his inspiring Instagram posts about health and fitness.

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A Physique Update with my @yesplate here in our Bulacan Shoot Location for ????BAGMAN IWANTTV Digital Series, where I portray, Governor Arturo Alcantara. No Pump. Just relaxing with my @yesplate by the Pool while waiting for my other Love Scene with my 3rd. First Seqs today was an Angry Love Scene with my 2nd. Followed by a Sweet and Sensitive scene with my 1st ????. Go figure ????. Went on my Peanut Butter ???? diet after my IF for these Steamy Scenes ????. Sexy scenes coming soon ! #yesplate #actoratwork #IF #KETO #MEALSONWHEELS #nutritionbyyourdoorstep —————————————————-Thanks so much for the Nutritional Support @chefjamme :) Order your @yesplate now, dear Fitness Friends !

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As a fitness enthusiast, Raymond only seems to get more toned with age. And according to him, it’s all about “training smart rather than training long.” He’s been actively working out in the gym, doing martial arts, and practicing yoga. He also watches what he eats.

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After 5 Sets of Weighted Pull-ups and 3 Sets of slightly heavy Kettlebell Deadlifts. ( Gradually strengthening my Lower Back again ). Physique Update. @ 141 lbs . I am noticing I keep leaning out, though I feel more muscularly full these days. Much lighter, yes, yet solid and more pronounced. My new Circuit Weight Training of only 2-3 Sets of 10-12 exercises, within more or less 30 mins or so are the reason for this, I believed. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Of course, as I have mentioned in my other posts before, from my experimentations, good physique is about Training Smart, rather than Training long. Efficiency and Nutritional Timing. Which for me is around 80-90 % where Gains is built. Have a #fitspirational day ahead. #shirtlessquezon #beneathbeingpresidentquezon #physiqueupdate #ripped #abs #Leanandhappy #actor #actorslife #aestheticphysiquemodel #aestheticphysiqueupdate #lightbutsolid

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"Of course, as I have mentioned in my other posts before, from my experimentation, good physique is about training smart, rather than training long. Efficiency and nutritional timing. Which for me is around 80-90 percent where gains is built. Have a #fitspirational day ahead," he wrote in a caption.

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After experiencing Lower Back Muscle Spasm for more than a week while promoting Quezon’s Game in excruciating pain ( I could hardly stand or walk without fear of collapsing ) I am finally 95 % back in action. I missed my short, but intense training. Biked for more than 30 minutes right after my morning meditation. Then headed straight to weight training. I am very grateful that I am almost in full recovery_/\_ ********^********************************************Post workout Physique Update. @ 143 lbs . I am seeing the fast coming gains of my new Circuit Phase Workout ????????‍??. Have a #fitspirational Day, Friends ! ?? #fitspiration #thefitspirationalactor #thefitnut #thefitactor #IF #KETO #Actor #actorslife #actorphysiqueupdate #aestheticphysiquemodel

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This story originally appeared on Femalenetwork.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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